Defining your rail strategy

We will turn your vision for a more connected transport network into compelling, credible rail strategies, to help you win the support of industry and secure funding.

Since the Hansford Review made it easier to work with Network Rail, there are now tremendous opportunities for third parties, including local and regional government and LEPS, to shape transport strategy and initiate rail schemes that drive economic growth.

Our team is made up of people who have first-hand experience, building new railway infrastructure and introducing new services, from senior positions in the rail industry.

We have the credibility to engage at a strategic level with the Department for Transport, Network Rail and train operators. We are adept at demonstrating compelling evidence and proposing innovative approaches to risk sharing, giving them the confidence that your strategy will deliver.

Strategy development

Our passion is seeing the first passengers walking through the doors; we only work on strategies that we know can succeed.

We will consider the constraints and opportunities for growth in your area, identifying specific ways in which enhanced rail services and infrastructure could support communities and business. Our experienced rail professionals undertake detailed modelling and analysis of economic factors, showing the GVA (gross value added) and expressing the benefit in terms that the rail industry and central government will understand and respect.

Positioning for successful implementation

For its successful development, it is essential that your rail strategy is aligned with the structures and processes set down by the DfT and required by the rail industry.

With our experience and understanding, we develop strategies that fully meet these requirements. From setting out your investment strategy, through determining the best options, we will position you and continue to provide support throughout the successful development, delivery and deployment of new assets.

Funding and finance

Finding the financial backing for your scheme is increasingly challenging. To secure funding, investors will demand cost certainty, robust income streams and well-managed risks.

We are highly successful at procuring project finances, whether from central government or by creating innovative financial entities that combine security and value for money for different backers. Our team has helped to fund and deliver over 20 new railway stations.

Related Projects

Rail Implementation Strategy for Coventry and Warwickshire

In recent years, Coventry City Council and Warwickshire County Council have been at the forefront of planning and investing in rail projects to meet local and regional economic goals. Together with the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, they commissioned SLC Rail to help them take this advantage forward and develop a Rail Implementation Strategy […]