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Ntsakisi Baloyi Rigby

Legal Director
Kisi advises on transport projects including heavy and light rail and buses. She acts for both public and private sector clients including central government, combined authorities, passenger transport executives, train operating companies and freight operating companies on a variety of transport infrastructure issues.


  • Advising Transport for Wales on proposals for reform of the bus regulatory system in Wales, including advising on various matters in respect of bus services including regarding integrated responsive transport and long distance bus services.
  • Advising the DfT on a GBP1.7bn refinancing of the Thameslink Rolling Stock Project which completed in December 2021 and secured a material benefit to the taxpayer.
  • Advising the DfT on its suite of contracts for the manufacture, supply and long-term maintenance of rolling stock vehicles for the Thameslink line through London. This has included advising on various operational matters including interface with Network Rail in respect of compliance with their commitments in respect of infrastructure delivery as part of the Thameslink Programme, major changes to the rolling stock during the delivery programme, acceptance issues, management of depot delivery issues, advice on potential changes of control and ownership and variations.
  • Advising Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive (Nexus):
    • in respect of the introduction of new rolling stock onto their own network and the Network Rail network in Tyne & Wear, including advising on regulatory exemption and applicable approval processes.
    • on options to implement bus strategy objectives in the Tyne and Wear region, including the consideration of a quality contracts scheme proposal (the pre-cursor to franchising) and a voluntary partnership agreement proposal.
  • Advising Northern Trains Limited on a service contract and related depot arrangements, and in relation to a technical support and spares supply agreement in respect of a procurement of new rolling stock.
  • Providing ongoing support to Agility Trains on the Intercity Express Programme (both the East Coast Main Line and the Great Western Main Line) on rail regulatory issues. This has included advising on depot change and interface with HS2 works.
  • Advised the DfT in respect of the Cross Country Franchise which covers many non-London intercity routes in the UK.
  • Advising a group of freight operating companies on a track access contract review, including reviewing and advising on, and assisting with the drafting and negotiation of, the proposed forms of new track access agreements, a new network code and a compensation deed, together with required changes to existing track access agreements.
  • Advising Transport North East on:
    • the development of its bus service improvement plan and associated enhanced partnership plan and scheme, which were implemented following a successful bid for significant funding under the English National Bus Strategy. This has included on the enforceability of scheme terms, assessment of options for implementation of bus schemes within the EP, and engagement with operators, local authorities in their capacities both as highway authorities and transport authorities on the implementation of bus improvement schemes to support the scheme.  Kisi has also advised on the governance arrangements for the scheme, encompassing bus operators, local authorities and other stakeholders.
    • options for bus reform in the North East of England following the proposed introduction of a Mayoral combined authority in 2024 which will enable use of new powers for regulation of buses in the North East of England.
  • Advising West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) for a number of years on a wide range of bus related matters, including their assessment of a bus franchising scheme, their EP arrangements, ticketing scheme arrangements and the introduction of a ticketing scheme to allow enforcement of existing ticketing arrangements, drafting a joint venture agreement (JVA) and advising on the JVA and related service agreement (which sets out the method of working between WYCA and the ticketing company to achieve the objectives of the JVA) relating to a pre purchase multi-operator travel card scheme.
  • Advising Hitachi Rail Europe Limited on maintenance arrangements in respect of a legacy fleet.
  • Advising Transport for Greater Manchester/Greater Manchester Combined Authority on development of their franchising proposition and proposals for reform of the bus network in Greater Manchester, including advising on design of the contractual and regulatory framework for introduction of a franchising system for the area.
  • Advising South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority on tram related matters and an assessment of the benefits and risks of options for delivery of their BSIP.
  • Part of the team advising Agility Trains on the East Coast main line package of the Intercity Express Programme which reached financial close in April 2014, with a particular focus on the depot arrangements and related documentation.