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  • Station Commercial Project Facility

    The DfT has approved a £60m funding facility to be used for station improvement projects delivering commercially focused investment at existing stations during Control Period 5

  • The objective of the Station Commercial Project Facility (SCPF) is to enable funding of projects that improve station environments and the passenger experience, whilst reducing the cost of the railway to taxpayers.

    Department for Transport (DfT) franchised train operating companies and local authorities are able to apply for funding for their promoted schemes, subject to meeting the qualifying project criteria. The SCPF was last run during Control Period 4 and supported the delivery of 47 projects around the country including new car parks, station redevelopments and ticket gating.

    Proposals must provide a DfT total project cost ratio, over the first 10 years of full operation of the enhancement, of 2:1 as a minimum and be completed by 31 March 2020. Please refer to the guidance notes and other supporting documentation below for full details and project criteria.

    Deadline extension

    The decision was recently taken to allow promotors to bid for SCPF funding if their proposed project did not meet the 18 month rule on the franchise expiry date (see guidance notes, p2). This was on the requirement that the promotor provided justification for why their project should be giving special consideration outside of this rule, to be provided in a letter along with the formal submission.

    We recognise that having previously been informed they would be ineligible to bid, some promotors stopped work on developing their submissions. To ensure that promotors are given adequate time to prepare their SCPF bids in line with the provided guidance, we have decided to extend the submission deadline for all project bids by two weeks until 12 June 2015.

    If you have any questions or need further information please email please email

    Guidance and supporting documentation

    Guidance notes
    18 month rule clarification
    Investment proposal application form (appendix 3)
    Business case summary (appendix 4)

    Commercial agreements (appendix 6):
    SCPF asset purchase agreement

    SCPF2 Funded Projects

    The Treasury announced the successful SCPF2 projects in the March Budget on the 16th March 2016. There were eight successful projects totalling an SCPF2 investment of over £16m.

    Cheltenham Spa  -  Car Park
    Extension of at grade car park, adding 70 additional spaces to total 317    
    Exeter St David’s  -  Redevelopment
    Improvements to station forecourt, canopy, concourse and ticket gate line    
    High Wycombe  -  Car Park
    Extension to existing MSCP, resulting in the creation of 131 additional spaces    
    Market Harborough  -  Car Park
    Additional 200 car parking spaces. Project to coincide with wider enhancements    
    Newbury  -  Car Park
    New car park delivering an additional 164 spaces    
    Redhill  -  Car Park, Retail, Ticket Gates
    New gated entrance, improved retail and 67 additional parking spaces to total 434    
    St Albans  -  Retail, Redevelopment
    New retail and booking hall enhancements    
    Weston-Super-Mare  -  Ticket Gates
    New ticket gate line installation

    More information

    If you have any questions or need more information please email