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Transport infrastructure supports local economies, growing communities and environmentally sustainable mobility for goods and people. Investment is a stimulus in tough economic times as well as a strategic driver of long-term growth. But with such a high public profile and political priority, come intense pressures to deliver.

Major transport projects are complex and require large integrated teams. Lack of early planning, outmoded transactional approaches to procurement, immature designs, and poor management of subcontractor interfaces and digital information are just some of the pitfalls.

The challenges for promoters and contractors are compounded amid strong cost inflation, supply chain disruption, skills shortages and, in some markets, overheating.

How our transportation infrastructure experts, consultants and advisors help

HKA has supported some of the world’s most prestigious transport megaprojects, and over four decades, our people have accumulated unmatched experience across the lifecycle of transport programmes.

We provide strategic advice on project governance and procurement, including market sounding, collaborative approaches to contracting, and new delivery models, such as Project 13. As well as providing advisory services to anticipate risks and conflicts, our transportation experts, consultants and advisors investigate and resolve claims and disputes, helping to minimise their impact and to achieve fair and equitable settlements.

Based on this first-hand diagnosis of the underlying causes of claims and disputes, we analyse an unmatched dataset gathered through our CRUX integrated research programme. The lessons to be learned are shared with our clients and we publish the headline findings for the wider industry.

More than 330 transportation infrastructure projects around the world with a combined capital expenditure of $466 billion were analysed for the Sixth Annual CRUX Insight Report. It revealed that schedules faced overruns of 65.9% on average, while claimed costs typically amounted to just under a quarter (24.8%) of project CAPEX.

The seeds of many of these conflicts on transportation projects are sewn upstream, while control measures and other interventions can minimise the damage and disruption over their lifecycle.

Why HKA?

Whatever the location, HKA can mobilise a breadth of talent to fit the exact requirements of the commission. As well as specialist delay and quantum analysts, our multi-disciplinary teams may include dual-qualified professionals with expertise in forensic engineering, quantity surveying, construction law, and forensic accounting. We also deploy specialists in commercial damages and a comprehensive range of disciplines such as civil, mechanical or structural engineering, metallurgy, geology and seismology.

Our people have investigated $22.1 billion worth of claims and disputes on transportation projects alone over the last five years. We work with owners and employers, contractors, specialist subcontractors, international law firms, and government agencies.

Our transportation experts, consultants and advisors have worked on many of the world’s transport megaprojects. Notable rail examples include High Speed 2 in the UK, the Sydney Metro in Australia, Saudi Arabia’s Haramain High Speed Rail, and the Marmaray rail tube tunnel and commuter mass transit system in Istanbul, Turkey. HKA assignments have involved most types of transport infrastructure, including:

  • Airports
  • Bus stations & networks
  • Bridges
  • Ports & maritime
  • Metro, heavy and light rail & transit
  • Roads & highways
  • Tunnels

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