2019 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: 2019 (data is from Sept 2018)
Category: Infrastructure - see all reports for this category
Description: The enhancements provided by the North of England Programme will support economic growth, bring improved journey times, offer additional train services and enable modern trains to run across the North.
DCA (RAG): Amber
DCA text: Substantial progress has been made across all areas of the programme. The assessment reflects the complexity and risk to the programme, particularly the Transpennine Route Upgrade (TRU) and its various delivery stages. Constructive working relationships between the Department for Transport, Network Rail, the Rail North Partnership, TfN and train operators are well established. The costs, schedule and interfaces continue to be closely managed by the team. The upgrade to Liverpool Lime Street station was completed in October 2018 which will pave the way for longer trains and more services starting from the May 2019 timetable and future timetable changes. The route upgrade and electrification between Manchester and Bolton was completed in February 2019. This will also pave the way for faster trains, and more train services with more seats starting at the May 2019 timetable change. We continue to work with NR on the business case for the TRU programme. TRU will bring, capacity, connectivity, reliability and journey time benefits to passengers across the Pennines throughout the 2020s. Improvements to the Calder Valley route, that will deliver more frequent and longer trains, were completed in October 2018. This work enables passenger disruption to be minimised while the Transpennine route is upgraded.
Start date: 2009-07-23
End date: 2022-12-31
Schedule text: Following the two-year delay to the Manchester – Preston upgrade, caused by difficult ground conditions and Carillion’s failure, electric trains started operating on the route in February 2019. We continue to work with NR on infrastructure improvements across the north including platform extensions which are being progressively rolled out to enable the deployment of longer trains in the May and December 2019 timetable changes. The NoE programme is expected to be completed by 2022. The TRU programme is in early stages of development.
Baseline: £285.00m
Forecast: £367.70m
Variance: 29.00%
Variance text: The variation is due to delays in delivery to the programme in the north west following Carillion’s failure. The programme also contained an initial estimate for a fully electrified TRU programme through to Control Period 7 (2024 onwards). The costs presented are consistent with those assumed in the OBC agreed by BICC in December 2018. We continue to work closely with NR on costs as design work progresses.
Whole Life Cost: £6,052.00m
WLCost text: The whole life baseline cost for the North of England Programme was £5.12billion in 2012/13 prices at the start of CP5 (2014 – 2019), including initial estimates for delivery of the Transpennine Route Upgrade that was planned for completion in 2022. This will be refreshed for CP6 (2019 – 2024) starting in April 2019.
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