Framework will be used to improve transport in Coventry and the West Midlands in preparation for HS2

Coventry city centre

Source: Coventry University

Coventry city centre

Jacobs, Mott MacDonald and a joint venture between Aecom and SLC Rail have been appointed to Coventry City council’s £30m Rail Advisors Framework.

The framework is for grant-funded projects and 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.

It is available to be used by the West Midlands Combined Authority and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to help plan, fund and deliver rail projects, such as new and enhanced existing stations.

The framework is also to support a longer-term strategy of improving transport in Coventry and across the West Midlands, ensuring the region is ready for HS2 from 2026 and beyond.

Simon Middleton, regional director for transportation at Aecom, 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.”