We Are VA Rail


Commercial Development


Operations Management


Infrastructure and Programme Management

VA Rail delivers industry leading rail consultancy

We deliver commercial support to drive incremental revenue for train operating companies, advise and review infrastructure practises for Network Rail, provide train performance improvement strategies for Network Rail, TOCs and European railways, and help develop and implement new technologies in the rail sector.

Our Independent Review service has been used by Network Rail for a number of years.

Our strategic approach has powered winning Rail Franchise bids and leading mobilisation and transition programmes for new Franchises.

We also look forward to helping set the standards for the new post Williams review contracts.


Performance Management

We developed the Performance Planning Reform Programme and its Performance Strategies for CP 5 with Network Rail.

We have helped develop Performance Improvements for Greater Anglia, Serco Caledonian Sleeper, Nederland Spoorwegen and Southeastern. We have led Bid Performance Plans for Abellio, Govia and Stagecoach.

Bid Winning Teams

We provided the Bid Director and team members for Govia’s, Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern bid, Alliancing support for Arriva’s Crossrail bid, the Bid Director and team members for Abellio’s East Anglia bid.

We have provided key support for Franchise Mobilisation and have developed this into an ongoing Transition team at Greater Anglia. We have helped to create successful PQQ and Passport Applications for Abellio and Japanese Railways East & Mitsui.


VA Rail have led numerous commercial projects, including conceiving and developing, Abellio Corporate Travel, a highly profitable (B2B) retail operation, which now serves 500 clients.
The development of the Stansted Express air-rail retail proposition. Supplying commercial personnel and winning the Greater Anglia franchise on two occasions and delivery of numerous franchise obligations and CX regimes.

We have advised West Midlands Trains after transitioning their franchise in 2018 – specialising in business and channel development. More recently we have helped to mobilise the new East Midlands Railway and now advise Transport for Wales RS on their retail strategy.