2017 Report details for project: InterCity Express Programme (IEP)

Project name InterCity Express Programme (IEP) - there are 8 reports for this project: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
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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: Intercity Express Programme (IEP) will renew the UK's high speed train fleet on the Great Western and East Coast. Through franchise competitions IEP is a key means to deliver the passenger benefits from the associated upgrades including more capacity improved reliability reduced journey times and better environmental performance. The order supports a new manufacturing facility at Newton Aycliffe where a new highly skilled engineering workforce will process the carriage body shells that Hitachi produce in Japan and build and fit out the trains ready for passenger service. This has created over 900 new jobs and supports thousands more in the UK supply chain as over 70% of parts for the trains are from UK sources. IEP serves London to Bristol Cardiff Swansea Cheltenham & Worcester and London to Leeds Edinburgh & Aberdeen offering through-trains from non-electrified lines without the need to change or attach a locomotive.
DCA (RAG) Amber
DCA text: Given the revised electrification dates published in the Hendy Review, the Department has decided to ensure passengers benefit from the new trains as soon as possible and funded conversion of all GWR IEPs to bi-mode. The trains are scheduled to enter passenger service from Autumn 2017.  Although there were delays to the completion of the test site, train testing is progressing but requires continued attention to ensure successful delivery, hence the Amber rating. A Taskforce meets at least weekly and a Delivery Board weekly to track progress of activities reuqired to achieve October 2017.
Start date 2005-06-01
End date 2020-02-06
Schedule text IEP is operating to a compressed schedule to deliver trains to GWR by October 17 following delays to completion of the test site and discovery of electrical interference issues. Many of these issues have now been resolved and the test programme is progressing but remains compressed and therefore risky The train build schedule and the depot works remain broadly on-track. There remain a number of challenging milestones associated with infrastructure compatibility and technical approvals which must be overcome to achieve type acceptance and entry into service of the first trains on the Great Western route which is currently planned for October 2017. NR's Chief Engineer is fully engaged to help resolve these issues.
Baseline £98.00m
Forecast £146.34m
Variance 49.00%
Variance text: The increase in variance is due to the testing delays and the approved bimode variation, which is required to enable diesel running on non-electrified sections of the Great Western route. This mitigates the programme delivery and benefits realisation impacts of the delayed Network Rail electrification works which are being delivered as part of the Great Western route modernisation.
Whole Life Cost £6,512.95m
WLCost text: Following the approved cost increase the budgeted WLC for IEP is £6.5bn. This comprises £480m for CP5 Network Rail infrastructure works and £6.02bn in respect of the new rolling stock and depots. The increase is attributed to payments for works required to mitigate the testing delays and the bi-mode variation. Further cost increases as a result of work on the unmuzzling variation and wider commercial contract negotiations.
Sourcefile IPA_2017.csv

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