Rail roundup

Turner & Townsend has been appointed to support the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur High Speed Rail project by providing a capital and operational cost model for the project.

Working as a sub-consultant to KPMG, Turner & Townsend developed a cost model for the economic assessment being undertaken by the global professional services firm.

Network Rail workers have voted in favour of a UK-wide strike in a row over pay. Having rejected pay offers from Network Rail, 80% of RMT members voted to strike, on a turnout of 60%. Union bosses turned down the offer of a one-off £500 payment to staff and three years of rises in line with inflation. Mark Carne, Network Rail chief executive, said: "Our employees have received pay rises eight times higher than other public sector workers over the last four years and have now been offered a deal for the next four years that is unmatched elsewhere. Despite the very clear need to modernise our railways, we have offered a guarantee of no compulsory redundancies for the next two years.  The unions have also rejected a number of proposals that would boost productivity, removing our ability to offer them more.”