We support the delivery of a wide range of rail projects on behalf of government.

We support the delivery of a wide range of rail activities on behalf of government including research analysis, modelling and specialist advice.

Help and guidance for rail government organisations

In addition to work to support the British Office of Rail and Road (ORR), the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), and Ireland’s Commission for Railway Regulation (CRR), we have helped deliver a wide range of rail franchising projects on behalf of the UK Department for Transport (DfT). Our expertise in this area means we are ideally placed to help government in the transition to the emerging concession structure.

As a government Star 2 partner, our experienced engineers and rail professionals can help rail government organisations with:

  • Safety – developing safety cases for the introduction of new equipment, technology, vehicles and systems
  • Innovation and understanding – encouraging and enabling businesses in the rail industry to innovate, to understand how this will impact on the industry
  • Cyber security – understanding cyber security risks, and developing strategies for the integration of cyber risks into the rail safety case system
  • Requirements management – defining the requirements for new rail equipment, to enable safe and effective deployment into the UK network
  • Transport policy and analysis – developing the requirements for rail concessions, including comparator reviews, business cases, financial modelling, and bid evaluation
  • Industry advice – providing specialist expertise in multiple rail disciplines and offering industry leading advice

We work both nationally and internationally, and have supported the rail safety and standards board (RSSB) in the UK, and the rail industry safety and standards board (RISSB) in Australia. Our work on whole-system reliability for RSSB, looking at rolling stock, infrastructure and operations, was referenced by the McNulty Report in the UK. We have also developed guidance for the rail regulator in Queensland regarding driver only operation (DOO).

Case study: Radical Train competition

We supported the Radical Train competition, run by the rail industry's enabling innovation team (EIT – now under the banner of Future Railway), with technical evaluation and process support.

Frazer-Nash assisted the EIT in shortlisting the entries, through a process which evaluated delivery challenge, cost, export potential, contribution to raising the profile of innovation in UK Rail, and technology maturity. These bidders were then invited to present their concepts to a review team comprising of EIT and representatives from train operating companies (TOCs), rolling stock operating companies (ROSCOs), and London Underground.

Our skills and services

  • Concept design and innovation
  • Engineering project management
  • Whole-life costing
  • Analytical software development
  • New train specification
  • Concession model review and generation
  • Modelling approach and life cycle management
  • Method development and research
  • Bespoke software development
  • Business Case development
  • Specialist advice
  • Safety