2021 Report details for project: A12 Chelmsford to A120 widening

Project name A12 Chelmsford to A120 widening - there are 2 reports for this project: 2020, 2021
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Organisation DFT (D9) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year 2021 (data is from March 2021)
Category Infrastructure - see all reports for this category
Description: Widening the A12 to three lanes between junction 19 (north of Chelmsford) and junction 25 (A120 interchange).
DCA (RAG) Amber/Green
DCA text: Compared to financial year 19/20-Q2, the Infrastructure Project Authority's Delivery Confidence Assessment rating decreased from Amber to Amber/Green. This is primarily due to the following factors: Since 2019/20-Q2 there has been a reduction in the uncertainty which had previously slowed the project's progression. The Local Authorities decision to withdraw the Colchester Braintree Borders Garden Community proposals following the Planning inspectors recommendation in May 2020 allowed the project to proceed with a clear preferred route between Junction 23 and 25, which was announced in August 2020. There has also been development in the technical design aspects of the project, detailed engagement with key stakeholders and improved commercial alignment which has enabled the project to reduce or mitigate some significant risks on the project. Since 2019/20-Q2, costs and benefits have remained stable, however there continues to be pressure on the schedule which needs to be monitored.
Start date 2015-04-01
End date 2028-08-31
Schedule text Compared to financial year 19/20-Q2, the project's end-date increased from 01 May 2028 to 31 August 2028 This is primarily due to the following factors: Since 2019/20-Q2, the project schedule has been adjusted, to reflect an approved baseline position of August 2028 for the project end date, and a current forecasted project end date of October 2028. This schedule change has been caused by a delay in a decision being reached regarding the proposed Colchester Braintree Borders Garden Community which introduced uncertainty into the schedule, and investment of time in achieving commercial alignment with significant progress in the period. While the forecasted project end date is October 2028, the current forecast date for the road to be opened to traffic following improvements is Autumn 2027, and this is when benefits will be realised.
Baseline £26.81m
Forecast £32.19m
Variance 20.00%
Variance text: The budget variance exceeds 5%. Controlled acceleration was agreed in August 2020 to bring survey activity forward and progress with preliminary design work. This will better inform the Development Consent Order and assist in the management of risk.
Whole Life Cost £1,044.76m
WLCost text: Compared to financial year 19/20-Q2, the projects Baseline Whole Life Cost decreased from 1145.37m to £1044.76m. This is primarily due to the following factors: The Whole Life Cost of the project has reduced by £101m. - Value engineering work has been undertaken, reducing the whole life costs. Value engineering outputs included a reduction in the volume of earthworks required, rationalisation of environmental mitigation measures and a shorter construction duration. - A revised inflation profile has been implemented, reducing the whole life cost - The project has also assessed the proposed procurement route - Regional Delivery Partnerships - which is expected to maximise delivery efficiencies and maximise benefits opportunities.
Sourcefile IPA_2021.csv

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