Adtranz Signalling buy keeps WS Atkins ahead in rail services

WS Atkins, the fast-growing engineering consultancy group, reinforced its position as the UK’s largest provider of railway engineering services last week with the acquisition of Adtranz Signalling, a subsidiary of the Adtranz group. WS Atkins bought the business from Daimler-Chrysler Rail Systems, which owns the Adtranz group, as Railtrack’s west coast main line modernisation programme […]

WS Atkins, the fast-growing engineering consultancy group, reinforced its position as the UK’s largest provider of railway engineering services last week with the acquisition of Adtranz Signalling, a subsidiary of the Adtranz group.

WS Atkins bought the business from Daimler-Chrysler Rail Systems, which owns the Adtranz group, as Railtrack’s west coast main line modernisation programme speeds up.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but WS Atkins said Adtranz Signalling had a considerable role in the west coast project and the acquisition would bring in up to £70m of work over the next two to three years.

Last week’s deal follows on from Atkins’ acquisition two months ago of Lambert Smith Hampton, one of the UK’s biggest chartered surveying practices, for £50m.

WS Atkins shares edged up 8p to 550p on news of the acquisition.