Bid Development and Support

WPA has extensive UK experience in Franchise and Concession bidding, both as performance plan authors (including the provision of supporting analysis and the development of Performance Models) and as bid assessors. We have worked on almost all DfT franchise competitions post-privatisation, as well as the most recent TfL concession competitions. Our partners have deep experience as accredited EFQM assessors and in the DfT’s assessment approach. 

Our Production, Customer Service and Operational safety experience, together with the extensive work we have undertaken for a wide variety of bidders over the last 15 years, means we understand operational dynamics and the key drivers of excellent delivery. WPA can bring this unparalleled understanding, innovation and flair to any rail franchise, concession, service provision or rolling stock bid. On the bids where we have delivered modelling support, our models have always passed compliance testing with flying colours.

Key competitions we have supported in the last 5 years include:

  •  London Overground (Performance plan and model; NR interface plan)

  •  Northern (Performance plan)

  •  Transpennine Express (Performance plan and model)

  •  East Coast (Performance model; NR interface support)

  •  Crossrail (Performance plan)

  •  Thameslink, Southern, Great Northern (Performance plan and model)

  •  Essex Thameside (Performance plan and model)

  •  West Coast (Performance plan and model)

  •  Tyne and Wear Metro (crowding model)

WPA also have experience of supporting Transport Authorities, including:

  •  Technical Advisory support to Transport Scotland on the recent re-letting of the Caledonian Sleeper and ScotRail franchises

  •  Training and experience in the application of DfT’s current bid evaluation approach

  •  Technical Advisory support to DfT on the Intercity West Coast franchise.