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Merseytravel to appoint single firm as advisors on rail matters under £750k contract

Merseytravel has given notice of its plans to appoint a single law firm or ABS (alternative business structure) to act as its principal external legal advisors in relation to rail matters under a contract worth an estimated £750,000.

The contract is due to start on 1 July 2021 and run until 1 July 2024.

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority / Merseytravel said the appointed legal advisors, together with externally appointed commercial, financial and technical advisors as appropriate, would advise a variety of staff within LCRCA including: Directors; Integrated Transport and Rail Teams; Rolling Stock Team; OLR Team; Legal Team; and Finance Team.

“It will be vital to form coherent and cohesive working teams and ensure that advice and workstreams are aligned throughout the organisation,” Merseytravel said.

“Given the technical and specialist nature of rail operations, the appoint appointed legal advisors may be required to advise in conjunction with other external consultants including commercial, financial and technical advisors.”