2018 Report details for project: Midland Main Line Programme

Project name: Midland Main Line Programme - 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: Modernisation of the Midland Main Line Route to provide more passenger capacity, reduced journey times into London and between major Midland cities and electrification of the main line from Bedford to Kettering and Corby.
DCA (RAG): Amber
DCA text: Costs and schedule continue to be closely monitored by the Department. The Midland Main Line (MML) programme Key Output One (KO1) includes capacity works to enable a six trains per hour timetable as well as line speed enhancements, journey time reductions and full electrification of the London to Kettering and Corby route. Following the decision not to progress with MML Key Output two (full electrification to Sheffield / Nottingham), the decision was taken to operate a new fleet of bi-mode trains on the route, specified through the East Midlands Franchise. Key Output 1a consists of the works to enable the use of these bi-mode trains on electrified sections of the route and optimise the benefits of their use. The Full Business Case authorising delivery of Key Output 1 was approved in September 2017. An Outline Business Case for Key Output 1a was approved in March 2018. A commit to deliver decision for Key Output 1a will be taken in late 2018/early 2019. Work has taken place on Reference Class Forecasting to strengthen financial and schedule forecasts, utilising external expertise. Assurance for the programme continues to be carried out.
Start date: 2011-01-01
End date: 2024-12-31
Schedule text: Electrification from London St. Pancras to Kettering and Corby, as well as capacity works on the whole route is due to be completed by 2020. Infrastructure to enable the operation of bi-mode trains will be completed thereafter.
Baseline: £271.60m
Forecast: £270.70m
Variance: 0.00%
Variance text: Less than 5% variance
Whole Life Cost: £1,521.60m
WLCost text: The stated cost is within the funding envelope for the programme as agreed following the Hendy Review in 2015. The cost has decreased due to electrification to Nottingham and Sheffield not proceeding. To enable operation of bi-mode trains, infrastructure work is being undertaken at lower capital cost. Rail investment periods are made in five year blocks. The budgeted whole life costs for this project include the forecast for this investment period (Control Period 5) and forecast costs for the next rail investment period (Control Period 6).
Sourcefile: IPA_2018.csv

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