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Ayrshire Freight Strategy Business Case

Developing a business case for the funding delivery of the Ayrshire Freight Strategy Action Plan

  • Ayr, United Kingdom

    Ayr, United Kingdom

Creating a strategy for the effective management and movement of freight

Following approval of the Ayrshire Growth Deal Prospectus, the Ayrshire Councils required a strategic business case (SBC) to provide a case for funding delivery of the Ayrshire Freight Strategy Action Plan—they commissioned Stantec to develop it.

Our team was brought on to examine aspects related to movement and management of freight in and through Ayrshire and developed a regional freight strategy to efficiently guide freight around and to and from the area. We considered project constraints that would require careful monitoring and management throughout the lifespan of the scheme. We then defined a series of investment objectives and specified a range of benefits associated with the implementation of the Action Plan. The Economic Case considered a range of scenarios and examined the benefits and impacts of each before appraising them against the investment objectives. We then set out an indicative timescale for the action plan to measure implementation and considered funding options and economic and fiscal outcomes, before recommending options considered worthy for further appraisal and evaluation.

We delivered an SBC in accordance with the Ayrshire Growth Deal Strategic Business Case: Five Case Model template as well as the HM Treasury Green Book principles and methodology. We provided a concise and evidence-based case demonstrating the economic benefits associated with more efficient freight operations delivered as part of the Strategy.

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