SKILLS

FCP has a proven record providing a wide range of services to address challenging projects in the transport industry.

- Audits - Pricing
- Bid Management - Project Finance
- Business Planning - Project Management
- Commercial Structuring - Public Private Partnerships 
- Contract Development - Rail Retailing
- Contract Negotiations - Restructuring
- Cost Estimating - Revenue Forecasting
- Dispute Resolution - Rolling Stock Procurement
- Due Diligence - Route Alignment Planning
- Expert Witness - Safety and Security Plans
- Financial Marketing - Safety Reviews
- Franchises and Concessions - Service Planning
- Investment Appraisal - Staff Planning
- Labour Relations - Staff Recruitment
- Operations Planning - Strategic Review
- Maintenance - Technical Standards
- Operations Planning - Traffic Forecasting
- Performance Reviews - Train Operations
- Policy - Transaction

FCP compiled rail operators database for ATOC

“We were very pleased with the results FCP delivered for ATOC. Gathering information from over fifteen different organisations was always going to be a challenge, but the work was carried out with determination and presented in a clear and easy-to-use format, as promised. The research has proved invaluable to me and my team." – Edward Welsh, Director of Corporate Affairs, ATOC.

 

FCP supported The Brown Review on rail franchising

"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 contribution to the Review." – Richard Brown, Chairman, Eurostar, commissioned by the UK Government to carry out an independent review of the franchising programme. 

FCP achieved bid success on Cross Country franchise

"We have secured an excellent deal with Arriva. Not only are they delivering an even bigger increase in capacity than we asked for; they are doing it a year earlier than expected." – Tom Harris, Minister of State, Department of Transport.

FCP led SRA Greater Anglia franchise team

"FCP provided strategic advice on the development and subsequent implementation of pre-qualification and bid evaluation of tenders for high value and complex rail franchises." – Nick Newton, Deputy Chief Executive, Strategic Rail Authority.

FCP reshaped West Coast Route Modernisation Specifications

"FCP played a significant part in reducing the cost of the West Coast Route Modernisation from £13bn to £8.2bn, whilst maintaining integrity of the programme outputs of speed, capacity and reliability." – John McLean, Project Sponsor, Rail Projects National, Department for Transport.