2017 Report details for project: Great Western Route Modernisation (GWRM)

Project name Great Western Route Modernisation (GWRM) - there are 5 reports for this project: 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
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Organisation DFT (D9) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year 2017 (data is from September 2016)
Category Infrastructure - see all reports for this category
Description: The Great Western Route Modernisation is an extensive programme undertaken by Network Rail and other key stakeholders to modernise existing infrastructure on the Great Western mainline - it will create faster more reliable services better stations and increased freight capacity. Modernising the route will improve the experience of everyone who uses it and stimulate economic growth in the south west and beyond.
DCA (RAG) Amber/Red
DCA text: Significant improvements have been made to the governance and programme management of Great Western Route Modernisation, leading to an integrated industry approach. Since Sir Peter Hendy’s report reset the cost and schedule baselines for the programme in November 2015, the Programme is delivering to time and budget, and the first new electric services on the Great Western Mainline have now been introduced. The recent National Audit Office and Public Accounts Committee reviews recognised the significant improvements made in programme management and governance over the last year, and the Department is currently implementing these reports’ recommendations to improve the programme further. Scope changes have been made to ensure that the entire Intercity Express Programme (IEP) fleet coming into service on the route will be able to run in both diesel and electric modes, providing more flexibility for how the electrification programme is scheduled
Start date 2011-12-01
End date 2024-12-31
Schedule text The programme is progressing to schedule, and all major milestones have been met since the Hendy replan of November 2015, such as the recent completion of the Intercity Express Trains test track between Reading and Didcot in September
Baseline £772.40m
Forecast £740.10m
Variance -4.00%
Variance text: Budget variance less than 5%.
Whole Life Cost £5,507.00m
WLCost text: The total cost of £5.5bn is based on costs of the Great Western Electrification Programme - £2.8 billion (includes Maidenhead to: Cardiff, Oxford, Newbury, Bristol Temple Meads) Other electrification £0.7 billion the Trains Infrastructure programme and Other Great Western Route Modernisation infrastructure £2.1 billion (includes Reading Station (£763 million), capability and capacity works for new trains (£258 million), Bristol area signalling (£228 million), track widening at Filton Bank (£91 million)) Rail investment period settlements are made in five year blocks. The budgeted whole life costs for this project includes the forecasts for this investment period (Control Period 5) and forecast cost for the next rail investment period (Control Period 6). The period for agreeing the settlement for Control Period 6 will not conclude until late 2018
Notes1: Great Western Route Modernisation (GWRM) including electrification
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