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Rail planning

Our rail planning team delivers a range of services including demand forecasting, business cases and operational analysis, and funding and business advice for passenger and freight services.

Bullet Comprehensive knowledge and experience of railway business
Bullet Passenger business planning
Bullet Capacity optimisation
Bullet Rail freight

Solving problems

We know the railway industry is under pressure to reduce costs and improve efficiency, while continuing to improve performance and accommodate growing demand for both passengers and freight.

Comprehensive knowledge and experience of working in and for railway businesses gives our team a unique insight into the railway industry. Our innovative thinking and expert modelling skills mean we can advise on strategies to help solve these problems.

Our consultants provide strategic advice for the development of any kind of rail project – from its initial specification through appraisal and evaluation to detailed design and implementation.

Passenger business planning

We are experienced in all aspects of rail demand and revenue forecasting including the techniques recommended by the Passenger Demand Forecasting Handbook – widely used in the industry – and the use of industry standard forecasting models. We understand the issues involved in developing train plans and have the expertise and knowledge needed for the production of detailed timetables and supporting rolling stock workings.

Capacity optimisation

Passenger numbers continue to grow with well over one billion journeys being made each year in the UK. Demand is the highest it has been since the 1920s but the network size has halved.

We offer a comprehensive range of rail demand management strategies and practical experience of delivering appropriate solutions.


Peter Button
Peter Button Rail Business Development
+44 2920 769161