2014 Report details for project: Essex Thameside Franchise Competition

Project name Essex Thameside Franchise Competition - there is only one report for this project
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Organisation DFT (D9) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year 2014 (data is from September 2013)
Category Infrastructure - see all reports for this category
Description: The purpose of the project is to deliver a contract with the successful bidding organisation for the next Essex Thameside rail franchise and to do this in such as way that meets the requirements of the overall franchising programme objectives and the Department's value for money and affordability requirements. To provide a franchise contract that meets the objectives agreed by the Secretary of State as set out in Section 4 of the approved project mandate v3.0, in summary being: 1. Deliver consistently excellent standards in customer service 2. Develop and exploit the full potential within existing rail markets, grow new markets, spread demand and improve seat utilisation, innovate and invest in partnerships to tackle capacity constraints and improve industry planning for demand. 3. Deliver consistently excellent train and station services as well as managing journey disruption in ways that measurably impress passengers and minimise their inconvenience. 4. Increase the long term value to the taxpayer of the franchise businesses, their resources, staff and assets through improvements in overall management and investment. 5. Achieve whole industry benefits 6. Deliver sustainable long term socio-economic benefits for communities and the wider UK economy
DCA (RAG) Amber/Red
DCA text: The competition was restarted in March 2013 and was the first franchise project to start. The rating refers to the challenging timetable, we are balancing and streamlining assurance and approvals processes - enabling effective decision making and robust challenge, while facilitating successful delivery. We are also seeking more flexibility to enable us to bring in external resource effectively. The Department continues to scrutinise project costs and schedule performance to ensure project remains on track. Key action taken have included utilising project tools and working with the MPA to demonstrate project management approaches such as governance structures across the project and Rail Franchise Programme and regular project and programme meetings. The project worked closely with the programme office to shape programme plans and strategies to ensure all franchise projects take a consistent approach. It was agreed with the MPA that future reporting would take place via a Rail Franchising Programme than individual projects due to the progress and development of the programme.
Start date 2013-03-26
End date 2014-11-30
Schedule text Project progressing to the scheduled dates published in the March 2013 Programme PIN. These dates remain dependant on meeting the challenging timescales given that these are the first franchises to go through the new process, and that there are a number of risk & challenges associated with this.
Baseline £0.00m
Forecast £0.00m
Variance None%
Variance text: n/a
Whole Life Cost £0.00m
WLCost text: n/a
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