Darren has worked in the railway industry throughout his career. As a result, he has significant expertise and a real understanding of how the industry operates and how rail businesses operate, having spent time in-house in rail businesses. He advises incumbent franchisees on all aspects of the day-to-day operation of their franchise. He brings this operational experience to advise franchise bidders on their bids for new franchises and the key touch points of the procuring entity.
In particular, Darren advised Northern Rail on its direct award franchise and continues to advise the team, including as lead associate in relation to the recent cascades of rolling stock into/out of the franchise and on aspects of its regulated contracts.
He is also a member of the team advising on the new regulatory regime for the Crossrail central operating section, a high profile project which requires innovation and a deep understanding of industry laws, regulation and practice.
Darren was the lead associate advising CAF on its successful bid to provide new rolling stock for the Caledonian Sleeper franchise, both in relation to the manufacture and maintenance arrangements.
In regards to authorship, Darren authors articles in various industry publications on some of the latest rail issues.
“As always, we have enjoyed working with you and we look forward to continuing to do so.”
Barry Graham, Senior Rail Advisor, Northern Rail Limited, 2015