Bids and Business Planning

We prepare bids and business plans for franchises, freight and passenger railways, and railway capital projects. We find ways to enhance value for money, while reducing costs and improving services and increasing revenues.

Contracting

We work alongside specialist transport and infrastructure lawyers to develop and negotiate viable contracts for delivery of the operation, maintenance, construction, financing and equipping of transport networks.

Costing

Our consultants advise on the cost inputs and dynamics in passenger and freight rail, including rolling stock procurement, operations and maintenance, and staffing. We also understand the impact on cost of infrastructure changes / upgrades and performance regimes.

Finance/Commercial

We help clients solve complex commercial challenges, understand the financial impact of complex problems and secure new capital for transport projects. We also advise on transaction structures and undertake both vendor- and buy-side due diligence.

Major Projects

We prepare feasibility studies and supervise engineers preparing plans for railway upgrading, electrification and for new railways. We identify ways to improve economic and financial viability, reduce costs and risks, mobilise and manage resources, accelerate delivery and increase wider benefits to improve overall value.

Management and Operations

Our consultants have practical experience operating all types of rail businesses; organising staff and equipment for maximum efficiency and reliability. It is this proven operating capability that has enabled us to act as Operator of Last Resort for a number of Transport Authorities.

Marketing and Revenues

Our commercial and finance teams build advanced revenue models and forecasts and we are regularly relied on to develop initiatives for new revenue sources and for improved revenue protection and profitability.

Sustainability

We regularly review and/or develop sustainability plans and improvements for clients who are committed to optimising the socio-economic and environmental impact of their transport operations.

Public Private Partnerships

We provide expert advice on the structuring and implementation of transport PPPs. Our consultants do so by drawing on experience gained during preparation and evaluation of over 50 heavy rail, light rail, metro and bus networks in the UK, Europe, North America and Australasia.

Procurement Management

We are experienced in specifying and procuring the refurbishment, new build and maintenance of all types of railway systems, including infrastructure, control systems and rolling stock. FCP is particularly experienced in supporting and designing the procurement of rail franchises / concessions.

Project Sponsorship

We lead and support clients’ project sponsorship activities as new and enhanced transport infrastructure and services are delivered. We develop and review safety and performance plans. Our senior consultants are regularly retained as expert witnesses and independent reviewers and auditors.

Safety and Performance

We develop and review safety and performance plans. Our senior consultants are regularly retained as expert witnesses and independent reviewers and auditors.

Stakeholder Engagement

Drawing on our extensive, international networks in public transport, we are relied on to devise and implement stakeholder engagement programmes for procurers, operators, systems vendors and contractors.