West Coast Partnership franchise bid
We provided the Bid Director for MTR’s bid for the West Coast Partnership, one of the largest ever franchising opportunities. It combined the takeover and running of the West Coast Main Line (the 2nd biggest UK commercial franchise c£1bn pa), with the future operations of HS2, the UK’s 2nd High Speed Rail link. The bid also included a requirement to bid for the HS2 Shadow Operator whilst the line is being built, working very closely with HS2 supporting and overseeing the design, procurement, delivery and commissioning, of the systems, trains, track and stations. The bid included European and International partners, and a large bid team with more than 20 advisory firms including EY, Deloitte, LEK, SDG and WSP.