2019 Report details for project: Rail Franchising Programme

Project name: Rail Franchising Programme - there are 5 reports for this project: 2015, 2016, 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: Transformation - see all reports for this category
Description: To secure the provision of passenger rail services as set out under the Railways Act 1993 (as amended) by letting Rail Franchises.
DCA (RAG): Amber/Red
DCA text: The IPA delivery confidence for the Rail Franchising Programme remains at Amber/Red due to a number of strategic challenges. The ongoing Williams Rail Review is considering current and alternative commercial models for the provision of rail services. Following the Review’s publication of a government white paper in autumn 2019, a key objective of the Passenger Services Directorate in DfT will be to respond and implement the recommendations. The Programme continues to focus on delivering our two live competitions in order to secure best value for money for the taxpayer and ongoing train service provision.
Start date: 2016-05-19
End date: 2019-03-31
Schedule text: The Department is currently reviewing the rail franchise schedule. The Secretary of State has commissioned Keith Williams to undertake a root and branch review of the rail network, including franchising. All currently contracted franchises, ongoing franchise competitions and other live rail projects are outside the scope of the Review.
Baseline: £10.60m
Forecast: £12.70m
Variance: 20.00%
Variance text: The variance is due to the re-timing of our current competitions which has increased the in-year total forecast.
Whole Life Cost: £20.60m
WLCost text: The whole life costs (RDEL - Resource Departmental Expenditure Limit) are the admin cost of the live competitions. The numbers relate to the four Franchise Competitions that were in the GMPP at Q2 2018: South Eastern, East Midlands, West Coast Partnership & Cross Country competitions. Due to the unique geographic nature of the Cross Country franchise, which runs from Aberdeen to Penzance and cuts across multiple parts of the railway, awarding this franchise in 2019 could have impacted on the ongoing Williams Rail Review conclusions. In September 2018 it was therefore decided that this competition would not proceed. Services continue to be operated by the existing franchisee with options beyond this being considered in due course.
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