Rock Rail

Rock Rail was established in 2014 to focus on the development of innovative, value enhancing funding approaches for strategically important UK passenger rolling stock and other rail infrastructure. Rock Rail is continuing to transform the rolling stock market and has secured £3 billion of new rolling stock fleets since 2016 from leading train manufacturers, Bombardier, Hitachi, Siemens and Stadler for use by Abellio, First-MTR, First-Trenitalia and GTR  across 5 rail franchises, (Great Northern – Moorgate, Greater Anglia, South Western, East Midlands and West Coast).

Rock Rail’s game changing approach to rolling stock funding has:

  • Enabled long term institutional investors to invest directly into a new sector.
  • Driven better value for government, operators and passengers.
  • Extended the market for infrastructure finance.

Rock Rail works closely with the franchise train operators and manufactures to ensure a collaborative approach to design, manufacture and acceptance of the new state of the art trains on time and to budget as well as providing specialist asset management services to manage long-term residual value and releasing risks.

Rock Rail is continuing to build on its successful rolling stock financing and procurement model and is pursuing other core fleet renewal opportunities in the UK and Continental Europe.

In addition to rolling stock, Rock is also developing innovative funding models to drive enhanced value in other areas of rail infrastructure including digital signalling and depot construction and maintenance.

Rock Rail

West Coast
November 2019 financial close was reached with FirstGroup and Trenitalia for the supply of new Hitachi trains on West Coast Mainline.
East Midlands
August 2019 financial close was reached with Abellio for the supply of new Hitachi trains on East Midlands Railway.
Intercity Express Programme
November 2018 / April 2019 Rock Rail part of consortium that acquired 45% stake in Agility Trains West, owners of IEP’s first phase new fleet.
South Western
June 2017 financial close was reached with South Western Railway for supply of new core rolling stock fleets on Windsor, Reading and West London suburban routes serving Waterloo station.
East Anglia
October 2016 financial close was reached with Abellio Great Anglia for the supply of new rolling stock for the Regional and Inter-City fleets.
February 2016 financial close was reached with GTR for supply of new Siemens trains on the Great Northern route.
Game Changers Awards 2017
Game Changers Awards 2017
Rock Rail Moorgate - European Transit Deal of the Year 2016
IJGlobal Awards 2016
Rock Rail East Anglia - European Rail Deal of the Year 2016
PFI Awards 2916
Rock Rail South Western Gold Financial Structure & Silver Best Transport Project 2018