Strategic Consultancy

Strategic Consultancy

ESG specialise in the provision of re-franchising expertise, including bid support, mobilisation and franchise integration.


We offer strategic, technical and commercial advice and analysis, as well as operational improvement proposal packages. Our extensive fleet knowledge of the UK’s rolling stock makes us the supplier of choice to many of the train manufacturing, operating and leasing companies.


We have developed robust, cost effective maintenance strategies, supported by life cycle cost models and fleet development plans, that have assisted our customers in winning franchise competitions.


ESG's fleet specialists have experience gained in railway operations, leasing, maintenance and franchise bids that encompass the following:


  • Preparation of rolling stock delivery plans for franchise bids
  • Identification of Franchise prospectus Key Findings
  • Fleet suitability and composition strategy
  • New train procurement, cascade and handback
  • Negotiation of Lease Term Sheets
  • Fleet maintenance strategy
  • Maintenance optimisation
  • Cleaning and train presentation strategy
  • Train preparation and driver/ shunter responsibilities
  • Diagram analysis and optimisation for maintenance and cleaning
  • Depot manpower profiling and planning
  • Rolling stock enhancement and modification
  • Train capacity analysis and calculation
  • Whole life cost analysis
  • Business case preparation
  • New depot and servicing facilities investment analysis
  • Impact of Base Infrastructure Assumptions on fleet composition and deployment
  • Analysis and introduction of new technologies including DAS, RCM, passenger counting, CCTV and WiFi




To speak to one of our strategic experts, contact our Head of Sales, Elaine Greenwood (