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Aecom JV appointed on £30M Coventry rail framework

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An Aecom and SLC Rail joint venture has been appointed on a £30M rail advisory framework for Coventry City Council.

The Rail Advisors Framework 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 framework is being placed by Coventry City Council with access available to West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council (SMBC), and will support the long-term transport strategy and prepare the region for HS2.

Aecom transportation regional 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.”

SLC managing director Ian Walters added: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Aecom to develop our existing relationship with Coventry City Council and the West Midlands Combined Authority.

“In the past both organisations have shown foresight and vision in setting out how rail should benefit local people and businesses, with this new framework agreement they are seizing the opportunity to implement that strategy, through project delivery mechanisms that demonstrate the new ways of working set out in the Hansford Review are achievable with the right team.”

It will only be used for third party grant funded projects, the council said, as the local authority does not have the budget for projects that would require the specialist knowledge of the framework.

HS2 will not serve Coventry directly, and the city council voted against the high speed rail project in 2010, however several proposals have surfaced to construct a tramway to connect the city and the HS2 station in Birmingham.

The Coventry Telegraph reported earlier this year that Warwick Manufacturing Group is developing a light-weight battery-powered tram system with a proposed route between Coventry and Birmingham Airport.

It was announced this week that the government will invest £250M in West Midlands transport links, which will be used to extend the region’s tram service between Wednesbury and Brierly Hill.

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