FCP promotes Alliances and Collaboration


Rail privatisation in Britain was based on the track authority model with separately owned... Read More

Digital Railway funding approval


To speed up implementation of Network Rail’s Digital Railway additional project funding... Read More

Passenger demand increase slows


Statistics published by the UK Office of Rail and Road show that the increase in demand... Read More

UK Government plots freight strategy


Railfreight operations in Britain have a 12% market share of freight surface transport with... Read More

Scotland needs more capacity


Passenger numbers in Scotland have doubled in the last two decades reaching 96 million in... Read More

Fleet expansion planned as user satisfaction declines


Train operators in Britain are struggling to maintain levels of passenger satisfaction as... Read More

East Coast track access approvals


Britain’s East Coast rail route is one of two core arteries that link England with... Read More

Rail Growth in Wales


The future growth in demand for passenger services in Wales has been reviewed in a long... Read More

Shaw Report: Private Capital needed and greater route autonomy


The capacity enhancement programme being carried out by Network Rail has been financed by... Read More

Flying Scotsman restoration success


First Class Partnerships congratulates the Science Museum Group (SMG) and the National Railway... Read More

Rail devolution in England


The UK Government is increasing the level of devolved authority for the provision of rail... Read More

7.4% Annualised Revenue Growth


In the last 12 months, income from fares has risen by 7.4% for British passenger rail operators.... Read More

FCP leads public transit debate in Ontario


Toronto was once a global leader in transit. Why can’t the city now learn... Read More

CP5 funding enhanced by £2.5 billion


Capital spending on rail projects has been increased by £2.5 billion to ensure major... Read More

The Railway Ball presents Soul City Event


FCP hosted guests in Central London at the annual Railway Ball on 27 November 2015. This... Read More

Electrification cost escalation and delay


The cost of the programme to electrify the Great Western Main Line between London Paddington... Read More

Network Rail needs funding alternatives


In a presentation to the UK All-Party Parliamentary Rail Group on 15 September, Mark... Read More

West Coast open access services approved


The UK Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has approved an application by the Great North Western... Read More

CMA reviews barriers to UK rail competition


The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published a discussion paper for consultation... Read More

Congestion fears as demand rises


The demand for UK passenger rail services in the 12 months to December rose by 5.0% to reach... Read More

UK political priorities emerge


Manifestos published by the main political parties in the UK continue to support the programme... Read More

FCP Executive Forum looks at business continuity in rail


The first FCP Executive Forum of 2015 took place in London on 11 March over breakfast, attended... Read More

UK franchise margins fall to 1.9%


The Office of Rail Regulation analyses the income and operating cost for the franchised... Read More

FCP chosen as Crossrail 2 advisor


Crossrail 2 is a £27.5 billion project to connect existing rail routes in south-west... Read More

Scrutiny of UK rolling stock procurement


The all-party Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has published the result of... Read More

East Coast award sets new standards in UK franchise competitions


On 10 November 2014, the Government confirmed the contract with Intercity Railways,... Read More

Virgin brand is ace card


Although Virgin holds only a 10% stake in a joint venture with Stagecoach that has won the... Read More

Quality scores revealed for franchise bids


A Freedom of Information Act request has disclosed the result of the UK Department for Transport... Read More

FCP Managing Partner appointed to lead new ORPS


The Department for Transport's franchising director Peter Wilkinson has been appointed as... Read More

Northern England franchise must be affordable


Questionnaires have been issued for Companies to pre-qualify to bid for new Trans Pennine... Read More

FCP supports UK Department for Transport in delivering TSGN


TSGN is the largest franchise ever let by the UK Department for Transport, and the first... Read More

FCP keynote talk at Runways UK Surface Access conference


FCP Partner Michael Schabas delivered the keynote address at the Runways UK Surface Access... Read More

Govia awarded Britain's largest rail franchise


The combined Thameslink Southern and Great Northern (TSGN) franchise has been awarded by... Read More

UK Government to set up Rail Authority


A new Rail Delivery Authority is to be established by the UK Government to take over day... Read More

FCP sets the pace for Ontario High Speed Rail


Following on work by FCP developing a preliminary Business Plan, the Ontario Minister of... Read More

FCP reshapes Toronto rail strategy


Following on a review by FCP of transport plans for Toronto, the Province of Ontario Government... Read More

North West electrification commissioned


The initial part of the North West of England electrification programme has been commissioned... Read More

Passenger revenue passes £4 billion in half-year


The pick-up in UK economic growth has seen passenger revenue increase by 6.9% in the half... Read More

30-year UK rail traffic forecast


Network Rail has concluded a period of consultation with industry stakeholders to assess... Read More

FCP review of Toronto regional rail scheme generates widespread debate


FCP was commissioned by The Neptis Foundation to prepare a review of "The Big Move," a... Read More

Rail prospects at new London Gateway port


The new DP World London Gateway port opened at the beginning of November located on the... Read More

East Coast franchising prospectus issued


The Department for Transport published the East Coast franchise prospectus on 25 October... Read More

Flying Scotsman restoration update


Following a review and advice from FCP, the National Railway Museum made the decision to... Read More

Franchise bidding programme restarts on time


The Department for Transport has issued invitation to tender notices in the timescale expected... Read More

John Nelson receives Outstanding Personal Contribution Award


At the Annual National Rail Awards event organised by Rail Magazine and held at the Grosvenor... Read More

Network Rail seeks further £1.4 billion in CP5


The ORR draft determination for Control Period 5 covering the 5 years to March 2019 provided... Read More

Local authorities promote Rail North


Local Authorities in the North of England have come together to form Rail North with the... Read More

West Coast speed and capacity news


Since 2006, the rail share of the London – Glasgow market has increased from 16% to... Read More

New IEP order will displace IC225 sets


The Government has placed an order for a further 270 vehicles from the Agility Trains consortium... Read More

ATOC promotes franchising case


A hard hitting report has been published by the Association of Train Operating Companies... Read More

Rail passenger satisfaction declines


Statistics from the Spring 2013 National Passenger Survey undertaken by Passenger Focus... Read More

ORR launches periodic review consultation


The periodic review (PR13) has been published in draft form by the Office of Rail Regulation.... Read More

UK rail freight to double by 2043


Despite the anticipated loss of nearly all coal traffic as power stations are closed or... Read More

Network Rail consults on passenger market studies


Stakeholders have been invited to comment on a series of demand forecasts made by Network... Read More

Office of Rail Regulation operational and financial data for 2011/12


The Office of Rail Regulation has published a summary of operational and financial information... Read More

Crossrail Expressions of Interest submissions by 30 April 2013


Transport for London requires expressions of interest in the operation of the Crossrail... Read More

Major engineering report on Flying Scotsman


Flying Scotsman is recognised as the most iconic steam locomotive in the UK and probably... Read More

East Coast Franchise prioritised for return to private sector


The failure of the franchise bidding process revealed when the West Coast contract award... Read More

Peter Wilkinson appointed interim DfT Franchising Director


FCP Managing Partner Peter Wilkinson has been appointed Interim Franchising Director for... Read More

FCP participated in Libya Railways conference


FCP partner Michael Schabas was a guest speaker at a recent conference in Tripoli. Participants... Read More

FCP provided commercial advice to the Brown Review


FCP's Managing Partner Peter Wilkinson was retained to provide commercial advice to the... Read More

FCP advised Directly Operated Railways on West Coast franchise


FCP stepped in at short notice to provide experienced and high calibre staff to support... Read More

UK AirRail: Connecting for Growth


Michael Schabas discussed rail connectivity at UK airports with focus on hub airports in... Read More

Track management programme on East Coast Main Line


FCP has been appointed by Network Rail to assess all aspects of decision making processes... Read More

Benchmarking for Dummies - Maybe the UK rail industry is not as inefficient as some think


Michael Schabas responds to the UK Government's "The McNulty Report" in an article published... Read More

Alignment and collaboration in a modern transport industry


At a seminar organised by the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport, Peter Wilkinson... Read More

Mass transit rail in Lagos


Steven Hoskins is leading procurement including electrification, train control, and rolling... Read More

Lagos state governor inspects Toronto trains for new rail system


Michael Schabas leads Governor Babatunde Fashola and state officials on a tour of Wilson... Read More

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