FCP partners have prepared more than 50 rail, light rail and bus franchise bids in the UK, Denmark, Germany, Sweden and Australia. We have advised bidders and Government on structuring of PPPs for metro systems, high speed railways and freight rail.


Peter Wilkinson appointed interim DfT Franchising Director

FCP's Managing Partner Peter Wilkinson joined the UK Department for Transport for six months, to help kick-start the paused franchising programme. DfT commented, "The scale and immediacy of the programme are such that the department is keen to bring in someone with Peter's expertise as quickly as possible." 

The Brown Review

"First Class Partnerships provided commercial advice and support to my Review of UK Rail Franchising, alongside PWC and Norton Rose. They were at all times highly flexible and responsive, prepared to get their sleeves rolled up on detailed matters at the same time as making important strategic inputs to the direction and structure of the Review. They used their unrivalled knowledge and experience of the rail industry, and of passenger rail franchising, to make a substantial and very positive contibution to the Review."  – Richard Brown, Chairman, Eurostar, commissioned by the UK Government to carry out an independent review of the franchising programme. 

Tyne & Wear Metro

FCP advised Nexus Management on their bid to retain operation of the Tyne & Wear Metro system serving Newcastle and Gateshead in northeast England.

PPP for Saudi Railways Organisation

FCP managed the investor programme interface for the PPP between the Saudi Government and a UBS-led consortium to fund construction of the Saudi Landbridge and Makkah-Maddinah Railway projects.

Stockholm T-Bane operating concession

FCP advised MTRC's successful bid to operate the T-Bane underground metro rail system in Stockholm.

Strategic Counsel to US Senate on railway concessioning and industry regulation

FCP acted as counsel to US Senate Sub-committee in relation to railway privatisation and concession businesses. The advisory scope included identifying restructuring options of AMTRAK.

Bid for Nottingham light rail network

FCP advised a shortlisted bidder for the concession to operate and extend Nottingham's light rail system.

FCP led East Coast franchise bid for Danish State Railway

"The work FCP undertook for DSB International I value highly and was both professional and profound." – Suzanne Morch Koch, Bid Director, DSB International