East Midlands Rail Franchise


Project Details

Services Provided:

  • Public Transport Strategy
  • Public Consultation
  • Stakeholder Consultation
  • Procurement

Start date:

October 2016

Completion date:



East Midlands Council

Project type:

Public Transport

Scheme Summary:

East Midlands Councils (EMC) sought to secure increased influence on the specification and procurement of the East Midlands Rail Franchise, by agreeing a partnering arrangement with the Department for Transport (DfT).

EMC recruited SCP to provide technical support and expertise to help EMC achieve the best outcome from the Rail franchise being procured. The SCP team was led by Director – David Young.

SCP’s Role:

SCP started by first helping EMC and partners define and evidence their strategic objectives for rail in the context of enabling the wider economic and transport strategies. From this the franchise specification was developed to bring alignment of the specification “ask” and the wider strategic objectives of the EMC region.

To ensure that wider Social Impacts were considered SCP recommended and wrote a Social Value strategy, which EMC and partners adopted. This has proved to be very influential with the DfT in drafting the invitation to tender (ITT) specification and quality score.

SCP developed and put in place a stakeholder management plan for the client. This was used to inform consultation and engagement with regional stakeholders, politicians and partners helping build alliances. SCP then influenced the DfT directly via their stakeholder Board, through evidence based submissions and through public consultation.

SCP has provided considerable expertise to guide EMC to reach a position on a number of aspects of rail specification. This includes papers on matters such as:
• Utilisation of new technology, such as Smart Ticketing (whilst at SYPTE, David Young was a co-Director of Yorcard, a South and West Yorkshire Smart Ticketing Company).
• Electrification, bi-mode trains and rolling stock issues.
• What integration means, including access to the rail network by foot, bicycle, bus,/tram and car. As well as interchange between trains.
• Undertaking original research on user priorities at stations and on trains.
• Original research on market growth potential
• Prepared Strategic and Outline Business Cases using Treasury Green Book principles

David led the negotiations with DfT and has materially influenced the ITT specification and quality score, helping EMC move closer to securing materially better rail services for the region.

David was also employed directly by DfT to lead one of the Delivery Plan tender evaluation teams for the Department. This also involved oversight and liaison with other Delivery Plan teams leaders.

David and SCP helped the DfT/EMC with public consultation, procurement and then mobilisation of the Franchise. DfT recruited David to lead one delivery plan, tender evaluation plan and he was closely involved in the scoring of tender submissions.

Finally David developed a unique proposition and successfully negotiated an on-going role for EMC in the post-contract mobilisation and contract management stages. This is awaiting final sign off by the incoming Secretary of State.


The franchise was let to Abellio (East Midlands Railways) and commenced service in August 2019.

David foresaw and secured an ongoing co-franchise management arrangement for EMC.