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Finance and funding

The complex commercial structure of the railway is constantly evolving; financial arrangements for infrastructure projects must keep pace with the changes. Finance and funding providers for projects demand certainty of cost, security of income, suitable economic or financial returns, and a full and proper understanding and allocation of risk.

From initiation through to financial close, SLC Rail has the expertise to ensure that you obtain the most effective funding solution for your project; and that all associated processes are managed effectively.

Our core areas of expertise

  • Financial business cases – we work with you to produce or review and reshape the financial business case to deliver the required outcomes, demonstrating VfM within affordability criteria.
  • Create investment cases – financial modelling to provide the funding case, demonstrating the robustness of an investment.
  • Financial entity structuring – the need for and use of a Special Purpose Vehicle, joint ventures, and partnering by agreement.
  • Transaction process management – initiation through to due diligence, aspiration to asset completion and lifecycle management, security of income stream to certainty of costs, funding availability testing through to signing final agreements.
  • Commitment requirements – sourcing funding providers, securing appropriate third party guarantees, project finance marketing, negotiating terms.
  • Risk management – risk and responsibility allocation, understanding and testing delivery risk, interface risk, structure risk and ultimately asset performance risk.
  • Writing compelling funding bids – the SLC team has experience in obtaining funding through:
    • Rail Passenger Partnership
    • LTP Annex E funding
    • Local Sustainable Transport Fund
    • Community Infrastructure Fund
    • Station Commercial Project Facility
    • Regional Growth Fund
    • New Stations Fund.
  • Raising debt and equity finance - from public and private sector sources.

Our approach

We draw on our expertise and excel at what we do through:

  • Innovative thinking, to match structures to needs and emerging market conditions
  • Understanding stakeholder needs and giving due respect to them.
  • Pulling together the project beneficiaries and getting buy in to the project outcomes
  • Managing the project process to ensure focus on the key objectives.
  • Bringing funders together and securing commitment.

Our support does not stop there; we ensure that your budget is managed through robust contractual and commercial management when appointing construction and maintenance contractors and reviewing costs. Our project and design management specialists ensure that the project is managed within budget to delivery.

Next steps

To find out more or to discuss your specific requirements, please contact us on 0121 285 2622.

Finance and funding for rail schemes

Contact us

Call: 0121 285 2622

Email: enquiries@slcrail.com


Our offices:

Guildhall Buildings, 12 Navigation Street, Birmingham, B2 4BT

Bank Quay House, Sankey Street, Warrington, WA1 1NN


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