2016 Report details for project: High Speed Rail Programme (HS2)

Project name: High Speed Rail Programme (HS2) - there are 7 reports for this project: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
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Organisation: DFT (D9) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year: 2016 (data is from Sept 2015)
Category: Infrastructure - see all reports for this category
Description: A new, fully integrated, high speed North-South railway.
DCA (RAG): Amber/Red
DCA text: HS2 is in excellent shape and substantial progress has been made in all areas of the programme this year. The Amber-Red assessment reflects the complexity of the scheme and this early stage of the programme. - The target opening date for Phase 1 remains 2026, with Phase 2a (Birmingham to Crewe) to open in 2027, and the rest of the “Y” (Crewe to Manchester and Birmingham to Leeds) in 2033. - The Spending Review 2015 (SR15) settlement announced on 25 November 2015 provides £14.8bn of capital funding for the programme over the next five years and sets out an updated funding envelope of £55.7bn for delivering HS2 in 2015 prices. This was an excellent outcome for the programme, and provides the funding for construction of Phase 1 to start in 2017 and keeps plans for Phase 2 on track. - An updated programme cost and schedule baseline (BL6) has been developed which contains a further level of granularity to inform the assumptions against which the Invitation To Tender for the Main Works Civils Contracts will be assessed. We expect BL6 to be adopted in April 2016. - New programme governance arrangements were implemented in December 2015, including a new Programme Board and three new Sponsor Boards (for Phase 1, Phase 2 and Commercial Operations) reporting to it. - There has been significant progress on building capability in the client and delivery organisations as the programme transitions towards the delivery phase, through DfT and HS2 Ltd developing Delivery, procurement and commercial strategies and demonstrating that the right capabilities and skills are in place to move forwards with procurements. - The Integrated Programme Management Office has been set up to put in place effective processes for joint planning, reporting and risk management across the wider programme. - A new Managing Director and team for Railway Operations are in place for HS2 and their work will include the development of the Operational Concept (a blueprint for how the future HS2 railway and its train services will work as an operational system), and the management of the Rolling Stock and Depots Programme.
Start date: 2011-02-28
End date: 2033-12-31
Schedule text: The programme remains on schedule to open Phase 1 of the Railway in 2026 and Phase 2 in 2033 - The Phase 1 Hybrid Bill remains on track for Royal Assent in December 2016, with Select Committee Stage completed in early February 2016, nearly 2,600 petitions handled, and five Additional Provisions successfully managed. Third Reading of the Bill in the Commons took place on 23 March, with MPs voting 399 to 42 in favour of the Bill, demonstrating strong cross-party support for HS2. The Bill has now passed to the House of Lords, with Lords First Reading also taking place on 23 March, and a Chair and members for the Lords Select Committee due to be appointed in May. - The Phase 1 Main Works Civils Contracts (MWCC) Pre-Qualification Questionnaire and the Invitation To Tender (ITT) for the Engineering Delivery Partner contracts were issued on 24 September 2015 following approval by the Secretary of State and HMT, marking a significant step towards start of construction in 2017. The successful bidder for the contract for the Engineering Delivery Partner was announced in March 2016, and we expect to issue the ITTs for the MWCC in early June 2016. - The ITT for the Phase 1 Enabling Works was issued on 23 March 2016 (for activities such as utility diversions, site clearance, demolition and ground remediation). The work is expected to start on schedule in 2017. - Following further work with the rail industry and Network Rail, a revised scheme for Euston station was developed, with a 3 stage delivery plan to support Phase 1, Phase 2 and 'classic' rail. The revised plan for Euston was outlined in Additional Provision 3 to the hybrid Bill, which was approved by the Chancellor and deposited in Parliament in September 2015. - The Secretary of State has granted approval for HS2 Ltd to be appointed as the ‘Agent’ responsible for the procurement of a Master Development Partner for Over Site Development (OSD) at Euston. - The procurement process was also started for seven million trees to be planted alongside the London to West Midlands line to mitigate its impact on woodland. A contract is expected to be awarded in the autumn of 2016, which will provide time for the trees to grow to a sufficient size to be planted out during construction. - On 30 November 2015, the Secretary of State announced his decision to accelerate part of the Phase 2 route (Phase 2a - Birmingham to Crewe), in order to bring benefits to the North earlier, and we commenced work to prepare a hybrid Bill for Parliament to take this forward. Property compensation arrangements for Phase 2a were announced along with the direction of travel on Phase 2b (Crewe to Manchester and Birmingham to Leeds), and the next steps on Crewe and Leeds stations. Sir David Higgins also published his findings on his review of the redevelopment options for Leeds station to prepare it for HS2. - The contract was awarded for the Phase 2a Parliamentary Agents on 25 February, who will be responsible for the drafting of the Phase 2a hybrid Bill. - A report was published on 21 March on the “Broad options for upgraded and high speed railways to the North of England and Scotland”, together with a joint UK/Scottish Government statement on next steps. - A supplement to the 2013 HS2 Strategic Case was published in November 2015, which updated and improved the evidence base including emphasis on capacity and demand on the West Coast Main Line and the way in which HS2 will support a modern economy. -The National College for High Speed Rail was incorporated in July 2015 and is on track to open in 2017, with funding through BIS agreed as part of the SR15 announcement in November 2015. Construction contracts were let for the new Doncaster and Birmingham National College sites in February and March 2016 respectively, with construction due to start in April 2016. - In March, the Secretary of State approved the principles, high-level terms and process through which the DfT-owned land at Old Oak Common will be transferred to the Old Oak Common and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC). A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the land transfer was then signed between Government and the OPDC on 15 March and an announcement on this made during the 2016 Budget. - Approval was given in November 2015 to provide early funding for HS2 Growth Strategies for Crewe and East Midlands via the relevant Local Enterprise Partnerships, which will enable a joined-up regional approach in developing regeneration and transportation plans.
Baseline: £713.00m
Forecast: £713.00m
Variance: None%
Variance text: Budget variance less than 5%.
Whole Life Cost: £42,559.51m
WLCost text: In the 2015 Spending Review (SR15), Government restated the long-term funding envelope for the HS2 programme at £55.7bn in 2015 prices. This budget is for delivery of the full HS2 scheme including rolling stock. The SR15 settlement sets a year by year funding allocation for HS2 as a whole for a period of 5 years (2016/17 to 2020/21). Following the precedent set by Phase One, we expect to capitalise all expenditure following second reading of the Bills.
Notes1: Budget variance less than 5%.
Sourcefile: IPA_2016.csv

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