Burges Salmon hooks up with Serco on Merseyrail project

Burges Salmon has won leading engineering outsourcer Serco as a new client on the back of its fledgling relationship with Dutch national rail operator NedRailways.

The Bristol-based firm advised a joint venture between the two companies on their successful bid for Merseyrail Electrics, having advised NedRailways on an earlier franchise bid.

The deal means that Serco and NedRailways will run trains in Merseyside for the next 25 years in a contract worth £3.6bn.

The Burges Salmon team, which was led by head of the firm’s rail group Nick Olley, is also advising Serco/NS on its bid for the Wales & Borders franchise.

DLA advised the Merseyside Passenger Transport Executive. Eversheds advised the Strategic Rail Authority.