A joint venture between SLC Rail and AECOM has been awarded a framework contract worth up to £30 million to provide rail advisory services to Coventry city council.
The agreement will support a longer-term strategy to improve transport in Coventry and the West Midlands to ensure the region is ready for HS2 in 2026.
The activities covered by the framework will be for grant-funded projects only, and will include developing business cases for rail projects, negotiating new funding models, project planning, project and programme management, timetable performance modelling and station operation planning.
The initial framework is being placed by Coventry city council, with access also available to West Midlands Combined Authority and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council who will also be able to draw on the framework to help plan, fund and deliver rail projects, such as new and enhanced stations.
AECOM’s regional transport director Simon Middleton said: “The projects that will be developed under the framework will transform connectivity to and from Coventry and the Midlands, and steer investment across the region to support the creation of new jobs and homes.”
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