2019 Report details for project: A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down

Project name: A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down - 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: 2019 (data is from Sept 2018)
Category: Infrastructure - see all reports for this category
Description: Freeflowing dual carriageway replacing the current single lane on the A303 between Amesbury and Berwick down including a twin bored tunnel under the majority of the world heritage site and a northern by-pass of Winterbourne Stoke.
DCA (RAG): Amber
DCA text: The Project received an IPA rating of Amber in September 2018, reflecting the level of confidence in project delivery and good progress in developing the Outline Business Case which was based upon the privately funded scheme. More recently, the project received an IPA rating of Amber/Green which demonstrates the excellent progress made in developing the Outline Business Case to reflect a publicly funded model following the Chancellors announcement re-withdrawal of the use of private finance for the project. The key recommendation related to ensuring that the updated commercial approach is fully explained in the commercial and procurement strategy. The Development Consent Order for the project was submitted in October 2018 and the examination began on 2nd April 2019.
Start date: 2014-12-01
End date: 2028-06-01
Schedule text: The project remains on track for Start of Works in 2021 and Open for Traffic in 2026. The project end date is 2028 and reflects the time finalise the transition to business as usual once the road is open. In the last annual report the end date shown reflected the Open for Traffic date which has remained the same. * The end date for roads projects published here is the date on which the last work to support the scheme is completed. This is different from the Open for Traffic (OfT) date, which is the completion date for schemes usually discussed with Highways England and reported elsewhere. The OfT date is usually some months (or even years) earlier than the formal end date depending on the nature and complexity of the scheme.
Baseline: £22.90m
Forecast: £33.19m
Variance: 45.00%
Variance text: The reason for the variance is that the assumption that a ramping up of costs in the second half of the year did not occur, partly due to overall cost pressures across the Highways England portfolio. The final forecast outturn cost for the year was £23.4m, which represents a very minor variation from the £22.9m budget figure.
Whole Life Cost: £1,556.40m
WLCost text: The figure of £1.9bn in last year’s annual report has now reduced to 1.5bn in line with our most likely cost estimate for the project. Latest whole life costs figures for the scheme have been recently updated in the projects latest business case, which is currently subject to HMT approval.
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