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Transport consulting and advisory

About us

Our consultancy practice provides a link between Management Consultancy and traditional Engineering Consultancy roles. We specialise in solving the most challenging strategic issues, typically encompassing future business strategies, delivery models, deployment of technology and investment choices across our four specialist teams. We provide a whole life offer from initial consultancy services at the feasibility stage through to service delivery.

Our teams


The Strategic Projects team brings direction to the most challenging projects in the Transportation Sector.

Many transport projects have strategic, commercial and technical dimensions – and our team provides leadership across the wider business to deliver a truly multidisciplinary approach to our clients.

The Strategic Projects team brings excellence in Project Management, Strategic and Commercial Advisory skills along with a technical understanding that we utilise to deliver consultancy focusing on project sponsorship, transport scheme development, commercial structuring, procurement and evaluation, bid development and due diligence activities.

We work across all transport modes including rail, highways, airports, ports and emerging mobility solutions, with a particular focus on intermodal connectivity.

Organisations, projects and programmes thrive because of people; their culture and strength of relationships. Engaged and motivated people, in the right environment and with the tools, capabilities and recognition they need, will thrive.

In Business Transformation, we put people at the heart of all we do, from strategic leaders to delivery teams and we take time to understand what matters. We commit to valuing, inspiring and empowering everyone to be successful with Organisations, projects and programmes delivering on their commitments.

We support leaders to think differently by re-aligning their strategic priorities, support them in re-organising their businesses and in developing processes to support new operations. We help uncover and then overcome challenges which are hindering success, cultural or organisational. We do this by driving different conversations, exploring opportunities to be better and then enabling them.

We will always respect knowledge and complement it with our own. We know that change is never easy, so it must be right. We bring experience, domain expertise in transportation and an authentic approach which means we always make a positive difference.

The Transport Advisory team supports clients in making data-led investment decisions for transport projects. Much of this work has historically been based in the rail industry with high-level strategic thinking backed up by detailed analytical work across a range of disciplines, such as forecasting, fares and timetable analysis. This allows us to support projects from feasibility through to post-opening evaluation using specialists in the Transport Advisory and Rail Operations teams, backed by our team of subject matter experts.

We also have a specialist team which works closely with International Financial Institutions (IFIs). Our IFI team support key global institutions to assist in economic, social and climate requirements across a number of countries, within Europe and globally. Our team focusses on all elements of the IFI project portfolio, ranging from traditional advisory services through to feasibility study and elements of design support. We cover a full range of modes including road, rail, urban transport, aviation and maritime.

Climate Change is a critical issue around the globe and spans all sectors. Even within transport, which generates more emissions than any other energy-using sector, there are many parts to the puzzle. At Atkins, we believe that collaboration is key to eliminating greenhouse gas emissions. We bring cross-sector expertise and a deep understanding of the connections and considerations that need to be made.

Our Net Zero Advisory team works across all modes of transportation, providing strategic advice and supporting our clients on their pathway to Net Zero. We help our clients understand the scale of the challenge and develop clear baselines. We explore carbon reduction options from our toolkit of measures, identify appropriate routemaps and deliver the identified solutions, drawing on expertise from colleagues in the wider business. We work collaboratively with clients and stakeholders throughout, empowering and enabling them to fulfil their potential.

Find out more about our overall approach and input to achieving Net Zero.

Meet our team

Transport Consultant, Jayna shares her journey with Atkins so far. She discusses the opportunities available in the Transport consulting and advisory practice and the support she received when joining the Transportation team.

Meet our team