2016 Report details for project: Lower Thames Crossing

Project name: Lower Thames Crossing - there are 4 reports for this project: 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: The project has been established to identify and develop options for relieving congestion at the existing Dartford crossing and enabling economic growth through the provision of additional road capacity across the river in the Lower Thames area. In the initial Options Phase the project will identify and assess: • the best location for a new crossing • the most suitable type of crossing structure • the funding/investment strategy (including the approach to user charging and the role of private sector finance) • the Options Phase will produce a Preferred Scheme supported by a business case, a funding strategy, the approaches to consenting, procurement and delivery. This will include a non-statutory consultation (26th January to 24th March 2016).
DCA (RAG): Amber
DCA text: The Options phase work is continuing according to the approved scope and programme of work. Following an assessment of the long list of feasible options, four front running options (one at location A and three at C), have been shortlisted and were shared with Ministers in June 2015. Since then Highways England has carried out a detailed appraisal of each and determined its Proposed Scheme and consulted with the public. The Strategic Outline Business Case has been approved by H M Treasury. Procurement of a technical partner for the Development Phase is underway and the Project is supporting the DfT in its assessment of the role of private finance. The public consultation closed on 24th March and Highways England is on schedule to provide its Preferred Route Recommendation this summer.
Start date: 2014-05-30
End date: 2026-12-31
Schedule text: Having taken into account a very high level of response to the consultation, the project has agreed with DfT that the period of consideration of consultation responses will be extended. This means a Preferred Route Announcement will be made later in 2016. The Project is being carried out using Highways England's Project Control Framework and the next Stage Gate Assessment Review is scheduled to take place in June 2016. The next IPA review is scheduled for the Autumn 2016 (exact dates to be agreed with IPA) . An Integrated Assurance and Approvals Plan has been submitted to DfT and the IPA. N.B. The "open for traffic date" of 2025 assumes public funding. The DfT is working with H M Treasury to assess the potential for private finance. If private finance is used, the overall programme would be extended by up to 2 years.
Baseline: £19.10m
Forecast: £16.40m
Variance: -0.14%
Variance text: The in-year spend has been reduced following a review of the scope of Stakeholder Management activity, rescheduling the commencement of work for the technical partner (including surveys) and deferring commencement of work on Version 3 of the Traffic Model until later in 2016.
Whole Life Cost: £199.10m
WLCost text: Costs presented here are for the Options Phase which is scheduled to be complete in Summer 2016. Estimates of whole life project forecasts were included in the Strategic Outline Business Case for each of the short-listed routes. An application for Initial Development Phase funds (FY 16/17) was approved by DfT, BICC in February 2016 and is now awaiting HMT approval. The request for the remainder of the Development Phase funds will be submitted to DfT before the end of 2016 after the Preferred Route Announcement and completion of the Outline Business Case.
Notes1: Lower Thames Crossing Feasibility
Sourcefile: IPA_2016.csv

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