2017 Report details for project: East West Rail Programme (Western Section)

Project name: East West Rail Programme (Western Section) - there are 3 reports for this project: 2017, 2018, 2019
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Organisation: DFT (D9) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year: 2017 (data is from Sept 2016)
Category: Infrastructure - see all reports for this category
Description: The East West Rail Western Section project will re-construct and upgrade a partly disused railway between Oxford, Aylesbury and Milton Keynes / Bedford allowing for the introduction of new passenger and freight services improving connectivity and journey times along the corridor to meet transport and economic growth needs.
DCA (RAG): Amber/Red
DCA text: The project is progressing on schedule and on budget, with Phase 1 now complete with London Marylebone to Oxford Parkway services extended to Oxford on 12 December 16. Work is on-going on Phase 2, between Bicester / Milton Keynes and Aylesbury / Bedford, to ensure that services a delivered as soon as possible in Control Period 6. The Department has taken on board the feedback received from a recent IPA Project Assurance Review regarding the capacity of the teams in charge of overseeing the delivery of the enhancement portfolio. We are planning to strengthen the team in charge of the ‘Clienting’ role by adding supplementary dedicated programme management and technical/operational resources. In parallel, we are firming up the project governance and reinforcing the project quality processes
Start date: 2012-10-31
End date: 2024-03-31
Schedule text: The overall schedule and completion dates will be maintained. Phase 1 was delivered on schedule in December 2016. We are looking at options to accelerate the delivery of the section between Bicester Village and Bletchley, and in parallel at potential synergies in the section where HS2 and East West Rail infrastructure works could impact each other.
Baseline: £72.50m
Forecast: £69.10m
Variance: -4.00%
Variance text: Budget variance less than 5%.
Whole Life Cost: £1,592.00m
WLCost text: This total amount constitutes the funding envelope for the design and the infrastructure works, to be carried out by Network Rail and industry partners. As for any project of this nature, the amount contains some contingency associated with the remaining design uncertainties at this stage. The budget covers phase 1 for £308m and phase 2 for £1,284m. Rail investment period settlements are made in five year blocks. The budgeted whole life costs for this project includes the forecasts for this rail investment period (Control Period 5) and forecast cost for the next rail investment period (Control Period 6). The period for agreeing the settlement for Control Period 6 will not conclude until late 2018.
Sourcefile: IPA_2017.csv

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