2018 Report details for project: North of England Programme

Project name: North of England 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: The enhancements provided by the North of England Programme will deliver more reliable, improved journey times and additional services resulting from improved infrastructure performance and modern rolling stock (better acceleration and deceleration, automatic doors) and increased line speeds.
DCA (RAG): Amber/Red
DCA text: Since September 2017, substantial progress has been made in all areas of the programme. The Amber-Red Assessment reflects the complexity and risk to the programme and its various delivery stages. Constructive working relationships between the Department for Transport, Network Rail, Rail North, delivery partners, customers and stakeholders are well established and progress on the programme is going well to facilitate further success. Costs and schedule continue to be closely monitored regularly by the team. The Ordsall Chord has been completed, with the first passenger train to use the chord on the 10 December 2017, linking Manchester’s three main stations for the first time, and later this year it will provide more frequent services to Manchester Airport for passengers across the north. Huyton Roby Phase 2 was also completed, enabling additional capacity on the route between Liverpool and Manchester. The route upgrades across the North West and Yorkshire, including between Manchester, Bolton, Preston and Blackpool are well under way. The upgrade to Liverpool Lime Street station continued over the 2017 Christmas period. When complete during 2018, it will have longer platforms, improved signalling, enabling more frequent services next year. Blackburn depot was completed in October 2017, supporting the north’s growing train fleet. Trans-Pennine Route Upgrade development work report was received from Network Rail in December 2017. Work is ongoing to analyse the development options and start business case appraisal to be completed during 2018. Improvements are also taking place from Manchester across the Pennines, including on the Calder Valley route to Bradford.
Start date: 2009-07-23
End date: 2022-12-31
Schedule text: Key programme delivery milestones have been challenging. Upgrades between Manchester and Preston, via Bolton have been delayed, in particular owing to difficult ground conditions. As a result, the service improvements that this will enable are now scheduled to be implemented progressively from December 2018, rather than May 2018. These risks are monitored on a regular monthly basis including at the Programme Delivery Group Meetings.
Baseline: £494.30m
Forecast: £629.90m
Variance: 27.00%
Variance text: The variation is due to a re-profiling of Network Rail spend from the financial year 2017/18 to 2018/19.
Whole Life Cost: £5,114.90m
WLCost text: The baseline whole life cost for the programme is £5.12 Billion on 2012/13 prices, which includes an initial estimate for the delivery of Trans-Pennine Route Upgrade by the end of 2022. The Trans-Pennine Route Upgrade will be subject to approval of a Strategic Outline Business Case during 2018. The Network Rail renewals and the whole life maintenance and Train Operating Company additional rolling stock costs that are required to ultimately deliver the full programme have not been included.
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Sourcefile: IPA_2018.csv

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