Track Record - Rail Freight

David Spaven, the Principal of Deltix, has worked in consultancy in the rail and intermodal sectors since 1995, following an 18-year management career with British Rail. He has extensive experience of market research, feasibility studies and strategic analysis in Scotland, England and Wales, including the following key projects:

  • Branchliner Plus study: Analysis of rail operations options for proposed movement of Flow Country timber by rail from Kinbrace to Inverness, including terminal design and rail haulage issues – HITRANS (2015)
  • Mossend International Railfreight Park briefing: provision of generic and site-specific briefing for witness to planning hearing on proposed rail freight development at Mossend, Lanarkshire – PD Stirling Ltd (2014)
  • Lochinvar Coking Coal Rail Freight Scoping Study: Project Manager for multi-disciplinary study of rail access to proposed deep mine north of Gretna, including evaluation of train services to customers and assessment of the engineering, operational and market implications of eight railhead site options – New Age Exploration Ltd (2014)
  • Raith’s Farm Railhead: Study of Rail Demand and Land Requirement: Project Manager for study of land requirements around the Raith’s Farm (Aberdeen) freight railhead in relation to long-term demand for rail freight in the wider Aberdeen area / Grampian region and available freight capacity at other existing railheads – Hammerson (2012)
  • Crianlarich Timber Railhead Feasibility Study: Project Manager for review of demand, supply and grant aid issues for an upgraded or newly constructed timber railhead at Crianlarich on the West Highland Line – Forestry Commission (2011-12)
  • Girvan Intermodal Railhead Project Development: Project Manager for development of project through to point of issue of tender documents for construction – including securing road construction consent, planning permission and Network Rail approvals; business case refinement and preparation of Freight Facilities Grant application – Ailsa Horizons (2009-12)
  • Hawkhead (Paisley) Rail Sidings Scoping Study: initial study of business, operating and engineering implications of establishing rail sidings to serve the BASF plant on Hawkhead Road, Paisley – BASF / Scottish Enterprise (2010)
  • Multi-modal freight hub pre-feasibility study: investigation of options for a multi-modal freight hub location on Scotland's east coast to allow a major player in the bulk handling and processing sector to take advantage of sea and rail services as well as road haulage – (2008-9)
  • Highland Spring: Rail Freight Feasibility Study: business, grant aid, engineering and operational analysis of a proposed rail freight facility directly serving the Blackford plant and potentially handling Third Party traffic from the surrounding catchment area – Highland Spring Limited / TACTRAN (2008-9)
  • Grangestone (Girvan) Intermodal Railhead: review of concept, business case and grant aid eligibility for new intermodal railhead principally serving Nestle and Wm Grant’s grain distillery – Girvan Horizons (2008)
  • Highland Spring: Rail Freight Pre-feasibility Study: analysis of core supply and demand issues, including site footprint and grant aid eligibility, for direct rail connection to the Blackford (Perthshire) bottled water plant – Highland Spring Limited (2008)
  • Dundee Port Freight Railhead Study: feasibility study of the scope for direct rail access to Dundee Port, including demand issues, engineering analysis of alternative track connection options, business case assessment and grant aid eligibility – Scottish Enterprise Tayside (2008)
  • Rail freight in Clackmannanshire: pre-feasibility study of demand and supply aspects of the scope for development of freight railheads and/or private company sidings along the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine railway, scheduled to re-open for through freight trains in 2008 – Clackmannanshire Council (2007-8)
  • Montrose Freight Connectivity Study: multi-modal study of freight transport problems and opportunities for Montrose area freight users and suppliers, with particular reference to the Port of Montrose, providing recommendations on potential public sector interventions – Angus Council (2007)
  • Outline Business Case & Pre-Feasibility Study for Rail Freight Facilities in Tayside: study focusing on market analysis, first-scope technical analysis, and assessment of grant aid eligibility for rail freight facilities at Dundee Port, Montrose and Perth Harbour – Scottish Enterprise Tayside (2007)
  • Rail Freight Connection to Chapelcross Site: Analysis of market and operational implications in preliminary appraisal of the feasibility of rail freight connection to a planned industrial development on part of the former Chapelcross nuclear power station site – Reid Rail Ltd / Scottish Enterprise Dumfries & Galloway (2007)
  • Rockware Glass Pre-feasibility Study: analysis of demand, supply and grant aid potential for the development of rail freight facilities to serve the Rockware Glass plant in Irvine – Rockware Glass / Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire (2007)
  • Scottish Rail Freight Applications of the Non-intrusive Rail Crossover (NICS) System: analysis of the potential applications of, and commercial demand for, NICS within the wider Scottish rail freight industry, including stakeholder consultation – NICSCo & Scottish Enterprise (2006)
  • Freight Facilities Grant for Port of Grangemouth Intermodal Railhead: preparation of planned grant application for enhanced intermodal railhead for domestic, European and Deep Sea container traffic – Forth Ports (2006)
  • Business Opportunities for the Marine Transport of Timber in Scotland: identification of the nature and scale of new opportunities for waterborne transport of timber, taking into account fiscal, logistical and other obstacles – Scottish Enterprise (2006)
  • Overview of the Potential Rail Freight Market in Scotland: assessment of the opportunities for GB Railfreight to bid for existing road haulage traffic flows in Scotland, based on deliverability, timescales and scope to build on existing baseload traffic – GB Railfreight Ltd (2005)
  • Enhancement of Port of Grangemouth Intermodal Railhead: feasibility study of options for enhancing and expanding Forth Ports' railhead for container traffic, as part of a planned multi-modal freight hub development – Reid Rail Ltd / Forth Ports (2005)
  • Scottish Quarries Rail Connection Study: pre-feasibility study of the prospects for rail connection at 22 Scottish quarry sites, including assessment of capital cost implications and rail network capacity and capability issues – Reid Rail Ltd / Border Geo-Science (2005)
  • Wales Forest Products Transport Mapping Study: evaluation of timber transport flows and infrastructure barriers, and assessment of opportunities for new rail freight terminals and services – IBI Group / Wales Timber Transport Group (2004)
  • East Riding of Yorkshire Freight Strategy: rail freight demand and supply analysis, including assessment of route corridor and rail terminal constraints and opportunities, as part of multi-modal freight strategy development – East Riding of Yorkshire Council (2003)
  • Overview of Winsford Rock Salt Mine Rail Feasibility: a pre-feasibility study of demand and supply issues for a new rail connection, including a comparison of the strengths and weaknesses of alternative sites on the West Coast Main Line and the Sandbach-Northwich branch line – Salt Union Ltd (2003)
  • Alton-Shotton Recovered Paper: pre-feasibility and feasibility studies of proposed rail movement of recovered paper from Hampshire to the Shotton paper mill, including assessment of Government grant aid prospects for new rail facilities – UPM-Kymmene Ltd (2002)
  • North and Mid Wales Rail Freight Study: study of rail freight potential along the five principal rail corridors in North and Mid Wales, including market research and assessment of infrastructure barriers – Welsh Development Agency (2000)

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