Railway Engineering Services


GIBB’s Railway Engineering Sector has established itself as a world-class provider of technologically excellent, cost-effective and pertinent railway engineering solutions at every level, from planning to design and contract supervision of all rail-related projects.

GIBB has executed complex projects across various sectors and engineering disciplines across many African countries. GIBB remains committed to achieving excellence in every project, and is proud to be the firm of choice for the continent’s most qualified engineers, many of whom are leading experts in their fields.

GIBB’s technical expertise is enhanced through our relationships with global partners. The winning combination of top talent, in-depth industry knowledge, well-earned reputation for excellence and commitment to timeous, within budget delivery ensures that the client is guaranteed ultimate success of every project.


Policy development.
Integrated transport planning.
Concept design.
Feasibility studies.
Business case development.
Detail design.
Contract management.

Concessions, development and management.
Asset condition, assessment and rehabilitation.
Technical advisory services.
Traffic studies.
Traffic safety.
Capacity analysis of intersections and networks.
Pedestrian planning and modelling.

Selected Project Experience

Gauteng Rapid Rail Link System Infrastructure and Operational Design


Gauteng Provincial Government

Gauteng, South Africa

GIBB’s Responsibilities:
GIBB was appointed to be a member of the transaction advisory team for public-private partnerships on the Gauteng Rapid Rail Link Project in Johannesburg,

Tshwane and Ekurhuleni. Tasks included: technology and socio-economic studies; rail alignment and station site assessment; route planning and station location; passenger and revenue demand forecasting; civil and perway works design; review of the relocation and protection of utilities; construction assurance and utility relocation; commercial support for variations; operations output specification; and preparation and adjudication of concession contract.

Gautrain Rapid Rail Link Tunnel (15km of Underground Works)


Gauteng, South Africa

GIBB’s Responsibilities:
GIBB was appointed for the Gauteng Rapid Rail Link Tunnel which serves part of Gauteng with a rapid transport service, providing a safe, efficient and reliable service to commuters.  It is also linked to the OR Tambo International Airport.

GIBB’s tasks included: design review and specifications; provision of a construction supervision team for 15 km of soft and hard rock tunnelling, including three underground stations; earthworks; bridges; viaducts; stations; the EM and M depot; signals; telecoms; safety; security, and noise and vibration.


Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA)

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

GIBB’s Responsibilities:
This project was for the Moses Madhiba Commuter Station at the Moses Madhiba soccer stadium in Durban. Specific tasks included a feasibility study, railway infrastructure planning and design, train operations analysis, project management and construction monitoring and system interface design and testing and commissioning.


Government of the Rivers State

Port Harcourt, Nigeria

GIBB’s Responsibilities:
GIBB was appointed for two phases of a project for the Port Harcourt Monorail (Port Harcourt is the capital and largest city of the Rivers State in Nigeria).  The monorail was to alleviate traffic congestion and improve travel times and act as a facilitator of urban redevelopment.

The objective was to create a mass transport system that met the highest international standards of technical excellence, harnessed the energy and efficiency of the private sector, had broad social and political acceptance and acts as facilitator of economic growth and urban renewal in line with the Greater Port Harcourt City Development Plan.

The first phase of the construction included route planning and station location, project management and construction assurance, testing and commissioning, procurement of operations and maintenance contractor and performance monitoring.

The second phase of the monorail construction involved GIBB acting as owner’s engineer which included project management, programme management, system design and integration, construction assurance monitoring, procurement of an operation and maintenance contractor, testing and commissioning and operation and maintenance performance monitoring.


Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA)

South Africa

GIBB’s Responsibilities:
GIBB was appointed for the Rolling Stock and Depot Procurement Project for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa.  Tasks included a demand study and rolling stock needs analysis, infrastructure interface specification, depot location study and technical specifications, depot infrastructure concept design and tender preparation and evaluation.


Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

GIBB’s Responsibilities:
The project consisted of a feasibility study and preliminary design of a commuter rail network in Dar es Salaam city and neighbouring districts, towns and suburbs.  The project was split into two components: a rail network within Dar es Salaam city and a rail network to connect to other districts, towns and suburbs.

Design options included covering permanent ways, station facilities, maintenance facilities and associated equipment, information communication, train control systems, electrification diesel and other railway equipment requirements.

Required too was optimisation of grade separation at potential intersections with major roads and existing railway lines. GIBB studied social and environmental impacts and provided in-depth analyses of elevated, surface and under-ground routes.