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Coventry Rail Investment Strategy


Coventry City Council commissioned SLC Rail to develop the 'Coventry Rail Story' a strategic rail investment strategy plan to underpin the subsequent development of a detailed specification and delivery plan for passenger and freight services plus facilities. It is an important document in securing inward investment as well as informing the future planning of rail infrastructure developments.

Client: Coventry City Council
Working Partners: JMP Consultants
SLC teamIan Baxter, Ian Walters


SLC Rail worked with Coventry City Council to develop the Coventry Rail Investment Strategy, a planning document to shape Coventry's rail development future. It enables the city council to:

  • Communicate its rail ambitions effectively;
  • Advocate investment in Coventry's economy;
  • Set out the high-level case for investment;
  • Raise awareness within the rail industry of the economic value and needs of Coventry;
  • Encourage private sector investment in rail; and
  • Provide a prospectus for investors to the Coventry economy.

The Coventry Rail Story does this by establishing a high level output statement for the rail services and key investment needed to support economic growth. You may download the Coventry Rail Story from the links on the right of this page. Our thanks to Coventry City Council for permission to reproduce it here.

Further activity

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 the West Midlands Combined Authority (formerly Centro) to develop a comprehensive Masterplan for the station (see project profile).

SLC Rail has also worked with Coventry City Council, Warwickshire County Council and Coventry and Warwickshire LEP to develop the Coventry and Warwickshire Rail Implementation Strategy, a detailed plan for delivering the rail priorities for Coventry and Warwickshire through the next Network Rail Control Period and past the introduction of HS2.

Client feedback

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. They're not a standard 'off the shelf' consultancy and have what I suspect may be a unique ability to both explain the world of rail to the Council Members and business representatives, whilst also being able to draw on extensive rail industry contacts and talk 'rail' to them. They have provided Coventry with excellent value for money and a product that has done exactly what we needed."

Coventry Rail Investment Strategy

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