2019 Report details for project: Thameslink Programme

Project name: Thameslink Programme - there are 7 reports for this project: 2013, 2014, 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: Infrastructure - see all reports for this category
Description: A significantly enhanced high-frequency rail service which will increase rail-based capacity in London and across the wider South East and provide new journey opportunities.
DCA (RAG): Amber
DCA text: The Thameslink Programme is a circa £7bn project which will increase capacity and improve accessibility to, from and through the heart of London. Good progress has been made on delivering the infrastructure and rolling stock projects. The entire fleet of new trains was accepted into service in June 2018 and the main infrastructure works (including London Bridge station) were completed in early 2019. The first of the planned timetable changes was introduced by Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) in May 2018 and resulted in substantial disruption to rail services. The Department and rail industry stakeholders worked with GTR through an Industry Readiness Board to establish an interim timetable in July 2018 to provide certainty for passengers and to deliver the remainder of the planned weekday May services in December. This board will continue to assess readiness for the subsequent timetable changes. The Office of Rail and Road was asked to conduct an inquiry into how the timetable change was delivered (the “Glaister review” published in December 2018) and work was undertaken to assess how future planned timetable changes should be delivered in accordance with new assurance arrangements established by the industry Programme Management Office.
Start date: 2005-07-01
End date: 2026-12-31
Schedule text: Plans have been reviewed and we expect the May 2019 timetable change to introduce 20 trains per hour including weekends and 22 trains per hour in May 2020. Final infrastructure delivery dates are end 2020 for operational introduction of Traffic Management, and end 2021 for new stabling facilities in Kent, both of which will support the final service step up of 24 tph. This final operational change is subject to review by the rail industry stakeholders.
Baseline: £2,178.70m
Forecast: £2,026.70m
Variance: -7.00%
Variance text: As with all major programmes Network Rail budgets for risk and contingency and these are reviewed on a regular basis. During 2018/19, in the final phase of delivery, Network Rail identified efficiency and contingency savings to the Thameslink Programme of £63m which were agreed with DfT through formal programme governance.
Whole Life Cost: £7,269.40m
WLCost text: The Thameslink Programme budget for Key Output 2 (c.£2bn) was rebaselined as part of the Hendy Review of Network Rail's CP5 programme commitments, which reflected an increase in the total Thameslink Programme budget of £450m which included significant levels of risk and contingency. The revised Whole Life Cost (WLC) for the programme is £7.2bn of which circa £5.05bn is Network Rail infrastructure costs, £2bn in respect of new rolling stock and depot costs.
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