2018 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: 2018 (data is from Sept 2017)
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 and Milton Keynes / Bedford allowing for the introduction of new passenger 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. Following a review by the IPA in June 2017 and recommendations from the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), work has been done to ensure the programme’s strategic objectives are aligned with the wider Oxford-Cambridge corridor. The project has been reclassified as a Major Project, with a new structure and reinforced team. Following the announcement from the Secretary of State in December 2016, the East West Rail Company, first in a shadow form, identified cost reduction measures and designed a new delivery model, clarifying the respective roles of the department, Network Rail and the delivery partner.
Start date: 2012-10-31
End date: 2024-03-31
Schedule text: Phase 1 was completed on schedule in December 2016. Phase 2 of the Western Section is currently underway and is expected to be delivered by 31 March 2024. Following a challenge set by the Secretary of State, the East West Rail Company is identifying opportunities to accelerate the delivery. Synergies with HS2 were also identified, which should reduce the risk of delays of the delivery of the section parallel to HS2. The Government approved the creation of East West Rail Company in November 2017.
Baseline: £14.90m
Forecast: £58.60m
Variance: 293.00%
Variance text: The budget variance reflects the changes of timing assumptions. Less work had to be done in 2017/18 than initially expected therefore these costs were not realised in this period.
Whole Life Cost: £1,465.80m
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 and phase 2. The total whole life cost has decreased since last year due to the first efficiencies realised by the cost reduction initiative. We expect the whole life cost to be further decreased once the exercise has been fully completed and integrated in the design.
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Sourcefile: IPA_2018.csv

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