2021 Report details for project: Midlands Rail Hub

Project name Midlands Rail Hub - there is only one report for this project
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Report year 2021 (data is from March 2021)
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Description: Midlands Rail Hub has three strategic aims: to support the growth of the Midlands economy through better connections between the economic centres of Birmingham, Leicester and Nottingham. To make the most of the opportunities of the Integrated Rail Plan/HS2 and allow up to 10 additional trains (in each direction) to serve Central Birmingham. Up to 20 proposal are being examined across the region, but the centre piece of the scheme are two chords (connecting the Camp Hill Line to the Snow Hill Line) at Bordesley in Central Birmingham. This would allow trains that currently serve New Street to be diverted to Moor Street and Snow Hill stations, providing new journey opportunities and a convenient interchange with HS2's Curzon Street Station (via Moor Street). The scheme was a 2019 manifesto commitment and remains a key priority. Several elements of the Western Corridor (including Kings Norton - Barnt Green and Snow Hill Platform 4) are "Project Speed" candidates for acceleration and early delivery.
DCA (RAG) Amber
DCA text: The Infrastructure Project Authority's Delivery Confidence Assessment rating is Amber.This is primarily due to the following factors: The project team are currently considering the impact of the Integrated Rail Plan on the Eastern Corridor. This is likely to result in a changes to the scope to if there are changes to HS2 routing and station options in the East Midlands. Consequently, the Outline Business Case is being developed in two parts so as to not slow down development of the South Western Corridor. A land acquisition strategy is being formulated, and proposal for possible early acquisition of land and being drawn up.
Start date 2017-04-01
End date 2033-06-30
Schedule text The project end-date is 30 June 2033. This is primarily due to the following factors: We are seeking to better the delivery date of the Outline Business Case (OBC) from the current forecast. Because of uncertainty around the Eastern Corridor as a result of Integrated Rail Plan, development work has been prioritised on the South West Corridor and we are expecting delivery of the South West Corridor OBC in Q4 2022. The East Corridor OBC will follow in Q1 2023. We are seeking to improve even the revised delivery dates. Two elements of the scheme, platform 4 at Snow Hill Station and Kings Norton interventions, are being accelerated as part of Project Speed and we expect Network Rail to complete OBCs for these schemes before the end of 2022. Further acceleration from even these dates is being considered.
Baseline £5.82m
Forecast £1.39m
Variance -76.00%
Variance text: The budget variance exceeds 5%. Project spend is within 1% of the forecast in the revised budget that was change controlled following the delayed start to the project. This was due to an unexpected elongation of the governance process, and challenges regarding Network Rail's internal procurement processes, which has necessitated an external tender for third-party technical advisors to deliver the works.
Whole Life Cost £1,562.54m
WLCost text: The projects Baseline Whole Life Cost is £1562.54m. This is primarily due to the following factors: The whole life cost is based on the capital costs of delivery of up to 20 interventions across the Midlands, and includes two major infrastructure interventions in central Birmingham. They require land acquisition and pose considerable civil engineering and construction challenges. The Bordesley East and West Chords make up approximately 50% of the total Anticipated Final Cost (AFC) depending on whether Bordesley viaduct needs to be widened. As the scheme is in the initial stages of Outline Business Case development, there is still considerable uncertainty as to the AFC, which is why it is expressed as a range with a considerable risk allowance. Furthermore, it should be noted that it is likely to be delivered in phases over several control periods.
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