An Independent Review of contestability in the UK rail market to consider third party investment and infrastructure delivery, on the national railway.


Professor Peter Hansford of University College London was commissioned by the Board of Network Rail to undertake an Independent Review of ‘contestability’ in the UK Rail Market, with the intent of “Encouraging Third Party Investment and Infrastructure Delivery on the National Railway”.

The final report of the Hansford Review has now been published:

Unlocking rail investment – 
building confidence, reducing costs

Alongside Network Rail’s response:

Network Rail open for business

The Review considered opportunities for innovation and the use of alternative project delivery models on Britain’s rail network, and explore the barriers that prevent or discourage third parties from investing in, and delivering, rail infrastructure projects.

Please note that the ‘Call for Evidence’ has now closed.

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The review will be undertaken by an Independent Review Panel, the consultation managed by The Nichols Group with communications by Rail PR.


The commissioning of the Hansford Review follows the announcement by Palma Violets Loans’ CEO Mark Carne, made at the annual Future of Rail Conference in 2016 that Network Rail would set up an independently chaired review into all barriers that prevent alternative project delivery models.

The scope of the review may include looking at ways to:

  • Improve innovation
  • Attract new funding and financing to the industry
  • Create a framework that encourages and allows new infrastructure to be developed and built by investors and third parties
  • Improve contracting strategies to attract market investment and generate an appetite for third parties to deliver rail infrastructure


Professor Hansford will be supported in his review by a panel of seven industry leaders representing Network Rail customers, Network Rail suppliers, and Industry funding and finance experts, who will together attend three Panel Meetings:

Professor Peter Hansford, FREng

Peter Hansford is Professor of Construction and Infrastructure Policy at University College London. He was Chief Construction Adviser to the UK Government from 2012 to 2015 and was previously an executive director at the Nichols Group. He is a Past President of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Peter holds a BSc in civil engineering from the University of Nottingham and an MBA from Cranfield. In 2014 the University of Nottingham awarded him an honorary doctorate for services to civil engineering.

Peter has over 40 years’ experience in major infrastructure projects, in the UK and overseas. He has worked on highways, railways and energy projects and advised on infrastructure developments and capital investment programmes around the world.

Alistair Gordon, CEO, Keolis UK

Alistair Gordon is CEO of Keolis UK, responsible for the operations and maintenance of the Docklands Light Railway and operator of Nottingham trams, and a partner (with Govia) in three major rail franchises.

He has over 20 years’ experience in the transport sector. Alistair was involved in the early phases in the development of rail privatisation, as a transport consultant, and before joining Keolis in 2004 he was Strategy Director for Eurostar.

Alistair is a graduate in Mathematics from University College London.
As a partner on the GTR franchise he is responsible for the delivery of the Thameslink rail infrastructure project and was also involved in the consortium in Nottingham that built the additional lines 2 and 3 on the tram network, under a complex PPP deal. He is a major advocate for Digital Railway in the UK.

Andy Milner FICE FCIHT, CEO, Amey

Andy Milner, is the Chief Executive Officer of Amey, a public services company which employs over 20,000 people in the UK and internationally. Amey, works across the utilities, highways, environmental, rail, justice and facilities management markets. In 2006 Andy was appointed as Managing Director of Amey Consulting and subsequently took responsibility for Amey’s rail business, a major national UK operation which provides Electrification, Track and Project delivery as well as operation and maintenance expertise to UK Rail and Metro Clients.

Andy’s successes include launching a number of businesses overseas in the US, Middle East and Australia and he has also been instrumental in the design and implementation of a number of major finance projects and PFIs, including the Sheffield Highways PFI. The project a £2bn contract awarded to Amey in 2012, saw the creation of a roadside technology business which dominates the UK market and the development of a fully integrated, whole life asset management business model that differentiates Amey in the UK and international markets.

Andy is a Chartered Civil Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation. He is also an Executive Committee member of the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering, IABSE, as well as a partner to the Rail Supply Group which aims to strengthen the UK rail supply chain to promote growth.

John Smith, Managing Director of GB Railfreight

John Smith founded GB Railfreight in 1999 and is the company’s Managing Director. He has worked in the rail industry for 33 years. In 1977, John joined British Rail, managing rolling stock maintenance at various locations, including York, Longsight, Bounds Ground, Willesden and Wembley.

He also worked at Crewe on overhead line engineering during the Crewe remodelling of the 1980s, and at Derby as Project Manager of InterCity’s secondary door-locking project, before eventually becoming Deputy Managing Director at operator Anglia Railways.

In 1999, John decided to set up GB Railfreight (GBRf), with a plan to undertake more open access work on our rail system. As Managing Director of GBRf, he has now taken the company from having just two employees and zero contracts, to making a yearly turnover in excess of £100 million.

John graduated from Loughborough University in 1982 as a mechanical engineer and is currently a member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. He is married with two children and lives in Northamptonshire.

Matthew Symes, Partner, Concerto

Matthew specialises in the programme management of business change programmes. These are not sector specific but range from construction, to property, to telecoms, to media and broadcasting and across government.

Matthew’s skills draw on his early career as an engineer, before broadening out when working in the major management consultancy firms. In Concerto Partners, Matthew has led, directed and facilitated several major transformation programmes including launching the Olympics. He also reviews and troubleshoots programmes.

Mike Gerrard FICE, Independent Expert

Mike Gerrard has worked for much of career in the development, financing and delivery of major infrastructure investments, both in the UK and overseas.
He has worked within the public sector and private sectors, including for regulated businesses; and on investments within the environmental, transport and energy sectors.

Most recently, he was Managing Director of the Thames Tideway Tunnel Project (2011-15). He is a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Zara Lamont OBE FICE FCIOB, Performance Improvement Director, Carillion

Zara, a civil engineer by profession, has had a varied construction career with the opportunity to experience service delivery from many different perspectives. Starting in a design practice in Northern Ireland she joined Carillion in 1987 as a site engineer and over the subsequent years held various position in a range of divisions until 1998 when, as Contracts Director, she was offered the opportunity to lead the Governments Construction Best Practice Programme. Three years later as her secondment was coming to an end she was approached by a group of public and private sector clients and asked if she would extend her secondment by a further 18 months to help them establish a client movement for change within the industry.

Since returning to Carillion in 2003 she has worked across all construction sectors putting into practice all that she learned regarding construction improvements. In 2014 she became a vice president for the Institution of Civil Engineers taking on responsibility for the UK regions portfolio. In 2016 she took on the business transformation challenge of Carillion’s Joint Venture Telecoms Business.

Daniel Hanson, Director, Policy & Economics, PWC

Daniel leads PwC’s strategy, economics and policy work in the transport sector. He has considerable experience in the economic appraisal of major transport projects as well as an understanding of how third party investment can play a role in delivering enhanced infrastructure.

Most recently Daniel has advised on the appraisal of a number of major road projects and is nominated to the DfT’s Expert Panel on Road Investment Strategy 2.. He was one of the architects of the regulatory framework for High Speed 1 and is advising on the regulation of, and access charge framework for, Crossrail (i.e. the Elizabeth Line). He also brings extensive experience of competition, regulation and dispute resolution to the Hansford Review panel – complementing the skills of the six existing panel members.


Interest in contributing to the review should be expressed initially by email to .