Strategic Advisory

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We help our clients solve the rail industry’s most challenging problems and make their most important business decisions with confidence.

We know our industry inside and out, because many of us spent years working as consultants and directors within it. Some of us were even SNC-Lavalin’s clients. Through the addition of management consulting skills to our team’s deep sector knowledge, we’ve become a global consultancy providing leading analytical, commercial and operational expertise.

We use that expertise to help clients considering new investments in transport systems, infrastructure or services. And we consistently develop successful strategies to deliver some of the industry’s biggest projects. That includes helping a new high-speed railway evaluate the optimum specification for its fleet, and supporting a public transport operator to successfully bid for a new mass rapid transit line. We can operate in all types of railway environments, from light rail to high speed, including freight.

Working with executive teams to transform businesses

We are always focused on ensuring clients get the right outcomes. Our team works as a trusted advisor to executive teams within governments, infrastructure providers, investors and operators to transform their businesses. We support transactions for acquisitions and private financing, and provide expert advice on rolling stock. Our support extends from “concept to contract.” That means we might begin by assessing the business case for a new rail system, or a major investment in an existing system, and finish by selecting the preferred suppliers.
Our strategic advisory services include:
  • Analytics & Modelling
  • Rail Operations
  • Due Diligence
  • Franchise Mobilization
  • Procurement Client Side
  • Third Party Enhancements
  • Economics & Business Case
  • Franchise Letting
  • Demand & Revenue
  • Procurement Bidding

We provide our services through three teams: Transport Planning, Transformation and Transaction.

Transport Planning
  • Transport Appraisal and Business Cases
  • Demand and Revenue Modelling (Passenger and Vehicle)
  • Ticketing and Revenue Protection
  • Performance Regimes
  • Service Strategies
  • Franchise Bid Strategy and Support
  • Project Sponsorship and Development
  • Shadow Operations/User Requirements
  • Transport Operations (including Operational Modelling)
  • Strategic Business Review and Change
  • Procurement, Bid Leadership and Support
  • Due Diligence and Lenders’ Technical Advisory
  • Commercial and Financial Advisory (including PPPs and Concessions)
  • Asset Stewardship Planning and Valuation
  • Analytics and Modelling (including Resources and Costs)

Strategic advisory is just one of the many services we provide for our Rail & Transit clients.