Transport

We help companies, investors, and sector bodies navigate fast-changing and complex transport policy and regulation.

Flint advises clients on managing risks and seizing opportunity from structural sector reform, emerging modes of transport, decarbonisation, and changing travel patterns. Our team has worked at the highest levels of national and regional transport authorities, in politics, policy, and at regulators. We advise organisations in the sector on making their voice heard, by crafting commercially beneficial propositions that also benefit consumers and the Exchequer. We advise investors on medium to long-term trends, likely policy trajectories, political interest in national to local transport infrastructure, and risks to transactions.

Flint’s approach

Flint’s expertise spans the full spectrum of transport policy. We offer intel-led analysis and evidence-based advice on strategy, engagement, policy positioning, and risk management.
Sector reform
Transport is undergoing significant reform – from rail concessions to bus franchising and decarbonising vehicles. We help clients horizon-scan and provide authoritative advice to minimise risk and maximise upside.
Emerging modes of transport
While clear markets have been emerging for new forms of transport, such as e-bikes and e-scooters, regulation has been lagging behind. As regulators begin to mobilise and intervene, we help clients build constructive political and regulatory relationships to defend value.
Regulatory challenges
Particularly in the wake of the pandemic, regulated transport operators face a range of challenges to their operations and business models. We support clients with matters of compliance, audit and assurance, standards, and best practice.
Due diligence and transactions
We provide political due diligence and assess risk and opportunity to investors interested in transport assets. We support investors in making decisions about long-term strategic assets.

Case studies

Ukraine’s impact on the aviation sector
Ukraine’s impact on the aviation sector
A major international airline needed advice on the impact of the war in Ukraine on their business.
They asked for an analysis of the situation on the ground, the response from Western countries (incl. sanctions) and the short- and medium-term scenarios.
  • Flint advised the airline on the implications of the crisis on the aviation sector, including the impact on aviation fuels.
  • We also provided insights on the potential trade implications and their spillover effects on travel (business and leisure).
  • Flint's advice helped the Board to prioritise risk and focus resources on the most immediate challenges to their commercial position.
  • Flint assisted the business with a specific sanctions issue that presented a significant commercial challenge and posed a reputational risk.
Policy stocktake and government engagement strategy for national transport operator
Policy stocktake and government engagement strategy for national transport operator
Flint helped a major national transport operator that faced multiple risks around Covid recovery funding and their decarbonisation strategy.

Flint presented to the Managing Director an overview of the political and policy landscape, mapped against the client’s commercial priorities, and recommended specific interventions for the client to undertake to meet their commercial and governmental objectives. The client has since secured the required funding to continue its operations.
Helped the client navigate the complex cross-departmental funding and policy environment by curating a bespoke engagement plan for the client.
Provided strategic recommendations for messaging and suggested interventions in light of the state of play in policy and politics.
Presented to the Managing Director an overview of the political and policy landscape, mapped against the client’s commercial priorities.
The client secured the required funding to help run their operations for a period of at least 6 months.
The client is better able to navigate decarbonisation thinking outside of the Department for Transport and is confident in building relationships outside their home department.
The client has a clear path forward in achieving its government aims.
Provided an independent expert for a major industry review
Provided an independent expert for a major industry review
Flint helped an industry body to lead an independent review of ticketing prices, in the face of industry organisations having significant concerns about the independence and speed of the review.
Provided an independent board member to allay industry concerns on the independence of the review.
Provided expertise from a competition and regulation perspective, while drawing on Flint’s wider transport and rail expertise.
Co-ordinated points made by industry members to help the client come to an informed and balanced view of the situation.
Our expert helped rebuild the industry’s relationship with Government and with the organisations subject of the review.
The client is better able to navigate decarbonisation thinking outside of the Department for Transport and is confident in building relationships outside their home department.
The client has a clear path forward in achieving its government aims.

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Insights

Our experts

Siôn Simon

Siôn advises clients on adapting their business strategies to political risk in the UK and European markets.

Katie Wake

Katie oversees Flint’s policy and political analysis work.

Stef Lehmann

Stef advises corporate and investor clients on transport and infrastructure.

Jon Sell

Jon supports clients across a range of sectors on technology, innovation, finance, clean growth and regional issues.

Adam Marshall

Adam advises clients on policy, reputation and business strategy issues in the UK and globally.

Ed Gibbs

Ed advises clients on UK political issues and policy analysis.

Rhys Davies

Rhys advises clients on UK political issues and policy analysis across a range of sectors.

Charlotte Chase

Charlotte advises clients on political and regulatory risk.

Alex Goodwin

Alex is part of the Markets and Investor Advisory practice, working on infrastructure and sustainability issues.

Isabella de Taranto

Bella advises clients on political and policy issues.

Let’s discuss

We will be delighted to discuss how Flint could support you and tailor our services to help you deliver commercial success in this area.
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Case Study Title
Challenge
A late change to an incoming prudential regime resulted in a client’s international operations being brought in scope, meaning the client would be required to hold significant additional capital. The client needed support to consider the options and make a decision about how best to mitigate the impact of this.
What Flint Did
Outcome
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