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12th October 2015

SLC Rail appointed Rail Advisor to Worcestershire County Council

Worcestershire Parkway Station Simon Geraghty, Worcestershire Cabinet Member for Economy, Skills and Infrastructure

SLC Rail has been appointed as specialist rail advisors to Worcestershire County Council, under an agreement worth up to £2.5 million over four years.

The Council has made the specialist rail appointment following several years of working together on individual rail projects, including development of the new Worcestershire Parkway and Bromsgrove station schemes.

SLC Rail has other successful rail advisor agreements through which it has developed rail strategies and delivered rail schemes for Warwickshire County Council, Coventry City Council and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.

Rail schemes planned for Worcestershire

Under the agreement, the priorities will include delivering the new Worcestershire Parkway Railway Station through to opening, due in 2017.

SLC Rail brings a team of respected rail professionals with in-depth experience of railway operations and investment, providing expertise on strategic rail planning, feasibility assessment, scheme development, timetable proposals, commercial agreements and project management.

A history of success with local authorities in Warwickshire and Solihull

SLC Rail has been supporting Warwickshire County Council and Coventry City Council under a similar rail advisor framework agreement since 2013, which was renewed earlier this year and now runs until July 2017. Under this framework, SLC Rail has developed and delivered numerous rail schemes, including the development of a new station scheme for Kenilworth and the development and delivery of the new Stratford Upon Avon Parkway station – opened seven months early.

A further rail advisor framework, awarded by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council in June 2015, sees SLC Rail helping to develop rail strategies in line with the council’s ambitious 'Solihull Connected Green Paper'. Under the framework, SLC Rail is continuing to project manage the replacement of the A45 road bridge over the West Coast Mainline.

Reactions to the announcement

Ian Walters, Managing Director of SLC Rail commented, "We delighted that Worcestershire County Council have formalised our excellent working relationship, paving the way for a wide range of improvements to rail services across the county and in particular enabling us to take Worcestershire Parkway station through to completion."

Simon Geraghty, Deputy Leader of Worcestershire County Council and Cabinet Member for Economy, Skills and Infrastructure, added, "Rail will play an important part in realising our ambitious plans for Worcestershire's economy. SLC Rail brings extensive rail experience and they have shown to deliver real value as partners to local authorities."

For more information please see our Worcestershire Parkway project profile or contact us.

25th August 2015

Planning permission granted for Worcestershire Parkway station

Worcestershire Parkway Station Worcestershire Parkway Station

As Rail Advisors to Worcestershire County Council, SLC Rail is delighted by the decision of the Council’s Planning and Regulatory Committee to grant planning permission for the new Worcestershire Parkway Railway Station.

The new station, sited just outside Worcester and serving both the Cotswold Line to London and the Birmingham to Bristol/Cardiff route, is identified as a key priority through the County's Strategic Economic Plan, which aims to create 25,000 new jobs in Worcestershire by 2025 along with boosting GVA (Gross Value Added) by almost £3 billion.

The team at SLC Rail has worked with Worcestershire County Council to develop the business case, secure funding and develop the scheme through to a single design meeting rail industry standards. This included developing timetable proposals and innovative commercial agreements with the rail industry and Department for Transport.

SLC Rail will be managing the project through to its opening in 2017.

For more information please see our Worcestershire Parkway project profile or contact us.

9th April 2015

Adrian Shooter appointed Chairman of SLC Rail

Adrian Shooter appointed Chairman of SLC Rail

Adrian Shooter has been appointed Chairman of Midlands-based rail consulting and project management specialists, SLC Rail.

Mr. Shooter is Chairman of Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), and past Chairman of Chiltern Railways, London Overground, Tyne & Wear Metro, DB Regio UK (Deutsche Bahn), Laing Rail and of the West Midlands CBI Council.

Mr. Shooter, who led Chiltern Railways to become one of the most successful, investment-led Train Operating Companies, formally took up the post of non-executive Chairman from Wednesday 1st April.

Mr. Shooter commented, “I am delighted to be joining SLC Rail, chairing a board of directors who not only understand the needs of their customers very well and how to get things done in the industry, but are also totally committed to the future of the UK railways.”

Ian Walters, Managing Director of SLC Rail, added, “Adrian joins us at an exciting time. With his strategic guidance and justified reputation for customer-focus, we are looking forward to building long term relationships with local authorities and regional organisations to help them benefit from new opportunities that are now opening up on the railways.”

Since SLC Rail was formed in 2009 it has grown to be a trusted advisor for local authorities across the Midlands. SLC Rail is retained under framework agreements as rail advisors to Warwickshire County Council, Coventry City Council and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council. Specialists from SLC Rail are also working with Worcestershire County Council, Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership and Centro.

Customer engagements currently include strategic and detailed planning of rail services and development projects, rail franchise devolution, innovative funding and commercial structures, tendering for specialist contractors and project management and delivery. In 2013 the new Stratford-upon-Avon Parkway station was delivered by SLC Rail seven months early and on budget. Current projects include delivering the new Coventry Arena and Bermuda Park stations between Coventry and Nuneaton, support to the relocation of Bromsgrove Station, project management of Coventry Station Masterplan, new stations at Worcestershire Parkway and Kenilworth, and the A45 Bridge over the West Coast Main Line adjacent to Birmingham Airport.

For more information, please contact us.

12th March 2015

Work starts on-site for A45 bridge replacement

Spade in the ground ceremony at the A45 bridge

Contractors, Carillion, under the management of SLC Rail started work officially at the site of the new A45 road bridge, with the Spade in the Ground ceremony today (12th March).

This project, with Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, will see the A45 road bridge doubling in width to provide increased lane widths, a dedicated airport slip lane and pedestrian and cycle access. Additionally, the bridge is designed to allow the potential future expansion of the West Coast mainline with a large enough span to accommodate four tracks.

The first phase of the project involves building half the width of the proposed bridge and transferring vehicles from the current bridge before demolishing the old bridge over a 54 hour possession of the railway at Christmas 2015. Work has started by rerouting BT, water and gas services which run along the old bridge and preparation work for the piling foundations for the proposed bridge abutments.

The photo shows: Mike Lightwing, Network Rail; Ashley Brookes, Carillion Construction; Derek Lawlor, SMBC; Sam Uren, SLC Rail.

For more information, please see our A45 Bridge Replacement project overview.

23rd February 2015

Transport Secretary visits Kenilworth station site

Transport secretary visiting SLC Rail project site for new Kenilworth Railway Station Transport secretary with SLC Rail visiting site of new Kenilworth Railway Station

Secretary of State for Transport, the Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP, joined Kenilworth MP and Attorney General, the Rt Hon Jeremy Wright QC MP, to visit the site of the new Kenilworth Railway Station today (23rd February).

Under a framework agreement, as Rail Advisors to Warwickshire County Council, SLC Rail is managing the project with Warwickshire to create a new railway station for Kenilworth.

SLC Rail has been closely involved from the early stages of the project, helping Warwickshire County Council to develop detailed plans for the station, track and signalling. SLC were also instrumental in securing funding via a successful bid to the Department for Transport’s New Stations Fund then procuring a contractor to deliver the project through to GRIP Stage 8.

The project will soon see demolition starting on-site, in preparation for construction of the new station building.

For more information, please see our Kenilworth Station project overview.

6th October 2014

Work starts on new Coventry Arena station

Construction work started officially today on the new Coventry Arena railway station, next to the Ricoh Arena.

SLC Rail has played a key role as Rail Advisor to Coventry City Council and are providing specific project management of key project areas.

For more details, please see our Coventry to Nuneaton Rail Upgrade project overview.

10th September 2014

SLC Rail appointed project managers for A45 bridge

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council today announced principal contractor and the project manager for the A45 bridge replacement. Carillion have been appointed as lead contractor and SLC Rail as project managers.

This follows a successful engagement during which SLC Rail advised Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council on rail issues around the project. SLC Rail had led discussions with colleagues at Network Rail, successfully resolving challenges around signalling and overhead power lines, and marshalling technical acceptance of the proposed bridge solution.

The project is to include construction of a temporary road bridge, demolition of the old bridge and construction of a new, wider bridge with additional carriageway plus pedestrian and cycle routes.

For more details, please see our updated A45 Bridge Replacement project overview.

9th September 2014

SLC Rail sponsors prestigious Locan Cup

The Chartered Institute of Highways & Transportation (CIHT) held its prestigious annual golf tournament, the Locan Cup, at Enville Golf Club in the West Midlands on 8th September. The event was well attended with competing teams from CIHT branches across the UK.

SLC Rail was delighted to be sponsoring the 18th Hole and we would like to thank everyone who visited our stand, to discuss rail projects, pick up copies of our rail project case studies and take home SLC merchandise.

18th August 2014

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council secure £8m for new A45 bridge

The Department for Transport today confirmed that it will provide £8m of funding towards the construction of a new, wider replacement south bridge to carry the A45 over the West Coast Mainline.

This new bridge will make a significant difference in the region, easing the pressure on a road which carries over 30,000 vehicles a day between Birmingham International Airport, the NEC and major employers including Jaguar Land Rover.

SLC Rail have been working with Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council on this project , advising on rail issues and developing the scope of works with the client and Network Rail, in particular to overcome the constraints of signalling and overhead power lines in this particular location. SLC Rail also provided substantial input to the project management and procurement process.

For more details, please see our A45 Bridge Replacement project overview.

8th July 2014

Worcestershire County Council secure £7.5m funding for new Parkway station

Worcestershire County Council today announced that £7.5m has been awarded under the Government Growth Fund for the proposed Worcestershire Parkway station.

SLC Rail is helping Worcestershire County Council to develop a new scheme which is acceptable to the rail industry and can secure all the necessary funding with GRIP 3 approval.

For more information please see our Worcestershire Parkway project profile

27th February 2014

SLC Rail helps Coventry City Council to drive rail infrastructure investment and planning – Coventry Rail Investment Strategy published

Coventry City Council is driving inward and investment to develop the local rail infrastructure with the new Coventry Rail Investment Strategy. The team at SLC Rail prepared the strategic document to outline the future passenger, freight and rail facilities of Coventry; downloadable from slcrail.com, which the Council is now using to drive investment and planning development.

Mike Waters, Transportation Manager, Coventry City Council said "SLC Rail has provided outstanding very tailored advice and expertise to craft a clear strategic document that directly relates to our needs."

SLC Rail is now part of the Masterplan consultancy team and will continue to work with the Council and its partners in the future planning phases. Coventry City Council are also now working together with Warwickshire County Council, supported by SLC Rail, on extending the Rail Story's assessment of the economic value of enhanced rail services is also being extended to cover the wider Coventry and Warwickshire LEP Area.

The first major step forward in developing the strategy into physical improvements has already begun. The City Council has taken one of the major high-level outputs and findings – the regeneration of Coventry Station, and formed a partnership with Virgin Trains, Network Rail and Centro to develop a comprehensive Masterplan for the station.

To read more about The Coventry Rail Investment Strategy and download it for yourself, visit our projects section here.

Ian Walters, Director, SLC Rail

24th January 2014

The SLC Rail team welcomes Melissa Thompson, Alan Newland and Mike Haigh

The SLC Rail team has grown over the past couple of months with our new project and programme managers. Each team member brings specialist knowledge and a strong skill set.

Alan Newland joined us in September to programme manage the GRIP3 process for Worcestershire Parkway and act as a client advisor to Worcestershire County Council. I’ve worked with Alan before and I am confident that with his skills and experience Worcester Parkway is in safe hands.

Mike Haigh joined us in September as the Project Director for Worcestershire Parkway.  It is great to have someone with Mike’s experience and knowledge joining the team.

Melissa Thompson joined us in November 2013 as a Project Planner for several clients.  With Melissa’s experience, we can now offer in-house project planning services to support our clients and the SLC business.

We will provide updates on the projects they are involved with as they progress. You can read more about the new team members here.

Ian Walters, Director, SLC Rail

20th January 2014

Kenilworth’s new station development given full approval

Warwickshire County Council's plans for a new £11.3m station in Kenilworth were given final approval on 12 December 2013; a culmination of almost a year's work of the SLC Rail and WCC project teams.

Kenilworth’s new station development

The team at SLC Rail prepared the successful bid and have been working with Warwickshire County Council on the plans since February 2013.

Cllr Peter Butlin, Transport & Planning Portfolio Holder, Warwickshire County Council said "The rail knowledge and expertise of the SLC team was critical to the success of the bid to the New Stations Fund for Kenilworth Station and I look forward to the opening of the new station as our in-house team and SLC Rail continue to work closely together to progress the project to completion.”

The station will improve the rail connectivity across the West Midlands with local services running between Coventry, Kenilworth and Leamington Spa.

Ian Walters, Director of SLC Rail said “It is great to be working once again with the Warwickshire County Council on this locally important project as it moves from the development to the delivery phase”

You can read more about the project in our projects section here.

9th December 2013

SLC Rail signs Rail Advisor Framework Agreement with Warwickshire County Council.

We’re proud to announce that in the summer of 2013 we signed a Rail Advisor Framework Agreement with Warwickshire County Council. The two-year consultancy framework, extendable to four, enables us to advise Warwickshire County Council on both planned rail projects and feasibility work for aspirational developments across the region.

Signing the Framework Agreement: Cllr Peter Butlin, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Transport and Planning; Monica Fogarty, Strategic Director for Communities; Ian Walters of SLC Rail.

Signing the Framework Agreement:
Cllr Peter Butlin, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Transport and Planning;
Monica Fogarty, Strategic Director for Communities; Ian Walters of SLC Rail.

It builds on our successful relationship with the Council, and we are looking forward to starting work on the new projects including new stations, station enhancements and footbridges.  With the bigger and stronger team here at SLC Rail, our working relationship with Warwickshire is going from strength to strength.

For more detail on this story, visit the project page here.

7th December 2013

SLC Rail supports the A45 bridge replacement works on behalf of Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.

We’re moving into a critical phase of the A45 South Bridge Replacement Project.  Following the successful phase working with Network Rail to agree a solution to an existing signal impacted by the proposed footprint of the new bridge, SLC Rail is continuing to working on behalf of Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council (SMBC) to guide the project forward.

The existing A45 South Bridge.

The existing A45 South Bridge.

We are building a successful relationship with the Council, as we enter the core project planning stages that will underpin the construction work to deliver a wider bridge on the site over the next three years by the end of 2016.

For more detail on this story, visit the project page here.

5th December 2013

The SLC Rail team welcomes John Harvey.

The SLC Rail team would like to extend a warm welcome to John Harvey who joins the team today as Project Manager. Welcome aboard John!

New SLC Rail team member John Harvey

Ian Walters and the SLC Rail team.

30th October 2013

SLC Rail joins Birmingham Chamber of Commerce.

SLC Rail has been expanding its network and knowledge with more than just team members this month. We’re proud to announce that we are now members of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry – one of the largest and most influential Chambers in the Country.

SLC Rail joins Birmingham Chamber of Commerce.

Membership gives us access to a wealth of contacts, knowledge and skills-sharing opportunities which will help our business as it continues to grow.  I’m looking forward to attending a variety of events across the Birmingham area in the next few months. It will be great to meet other local business leaders and share ideas.

Ian Walters, SLC Rail.

10th June 2013

Stratford-upon-Avon Parkway Station opens six months ahead of plan.

SLC Rail HQ is buzzing this month following the delivery of one of our projects.  Some of the team were lucky enough to welcome the first trains into the new Stratford-upon-Avon Parkway Station on 19th May. The sun was shining, the station was opened a full seven months ahead of schedule and we were joined by John Harvey from Warwickshire County Council and Mark Lawton from London Midland to see the first revenue earning service call in at the station.

Stratford-upon-Avon Parkway Station opens six months ahead of plan.

Left to Right: Gary Moulds, Warwickshire County Council ; Sam Uren, SLC Rail; John Harvey, Warwickshire County Council; Ian Walters, SLC Rail; Mark Lawton, London Midland.

It is always exciting to see the plans, construction and lots of teamwork deliver something you've been working on from the start. There is something really special about the commissioning of the final development after months of treading the ballast; especially when the first trains roll into the platform.

The first train was brought in by London Midland driver Mark Aston, travelling to Birmingham on train number 172217.

John Harvey, Principal Transport Planner, Warwickshire Country Council said:

"SLC Rail has provided an extremely valuable service to Warwickshire County Council in the development and delivery of Stratford-upon-Avon Parkway Station. The breadth of their experience and the high level of respect they have attained from the rail industry in the West Midlands undoubtedly helped in the opening of the Station 7 months early and on budget."

For more information about this rail development, visit the Stratford-upon-Avon Parkway page in our projects section.

Sam Uren, Design Manager, SLC Rail.

04th January 2013

A new year, new website and a bigger team!

Happy New Year and welcome to the inaugural entry of the SLC rail blog.

It’s been an exciting few months with growing the team, building the website and keeping all the various projects on track. I wanted to start a blog so that you, as our clients, can take a look behind the scenes and get a real feel for the personalities behind SLC Rail. All of the team will be involved in providing their updates on what’s been happening, their thoughts on topics close to their hearts, new developments on the horizon and general industry comment. We hope you’ll find them both useful and entertaining.

2013 is shaping up to be a busy year and we’re looking forward to all it brings!

Ian Walters, Director, SLC Rail.

27th December 2012

Time to celebrate!

We had our first-ever SLC Rail Christmas dinner at Marco Pierre White’s restaurant; great food, great service and most of all great company! I’d just like to thank everyone that came; I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did.

With Christmas fast approaching and all the team working extremely hard on our current projects, it was great to get together and celebrate.

We’re all very much looking forward to what 2013 has in store for us, I have a feeling it’s going to be a fab year!

On behalf of everyone here I wish you a happy new year!

Amy, Team Organiser, SLC Rail.

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