2021 Report details for project: Ely Area Capacity Enhancements Programme

Project name Ely Area Capacity Enhancements Programme - there is only one report for this project
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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: Ely is geographically located on the West Anglia Main Line and the Cross-Country Corridor at the centre of five converging rail lines. Current infrastructure restricts the ability to operate any additional passenger or freight services through the area. The Cross-Country Corridor runs east to west through Ely and alongside passenger services, supports a nationally important freight route between the Port of Felixstowe, Britain's busiest container port, and regions including the Midlands and North-West. The programme will consider operational and infrastructure interventions required across the region to enable additional freight and passenger services to operate, supporting long-term growth. This includes modifications at Ely North Junction, in the Ely Station Area and to level crossings on the lines of route.
DCA (RAG) Amber
DCA text: The Infrastructure Project Authority's Delivery Confidence Assessment rating is Amber.This is primarily due to the following factors: Programme costs remain high and have increased since the last investment decision, owing to the inclusion of new scope between Ely and Ipswich, with delivery now later than previously anticipated. Work is ongoing with Network Rail to assess how the programme can be recovered, expected to complete in Summer 2021. COVID-19 has likely weakened the case for investment owing to reduced passenger forecasts, albeit this is likely to be a minor impact, given that the majority of benefits are expected to come from decarbonisation of freight transportation. This is in the process of being tested but any impact should be able to be offset by any expected cost reduction to the programme.
Start date 2015-01-01
End date 2032-06-01
Schedule text The project end-date is 01 June 2032. This is primarily due to the following factors: Programme is in early development phase targeting Entry into Service in 2031 with project close-out in 2032. Work is ongoing to identify how the overall programme can be accelerated.
Baseline £7.78m
Forecast £4.34m
Variance -44.00%
Variance text: The budget variance exceeds 5%. Programme forecasts an underspend in 2020/21 mainly owing to a delay in agreeing the Train Service Specification as the programme moved from local authority promoted to DfT. This had a knock-on impact on the procurement of a number of workstreams. The programme through close risk management was also able to reduce the contingency budget required as risks were mitigated and closed.
Whole Life Cost £1,017.94m
WLCost text: The projects Baseline Whole Life Cost is £1017.94m. This is primarily due to the following factors: Costs reflect the main Ely programme (at Feasbility Stage "GRIP 2") alongside the recently commissioned Ely to Ipswich Level Crossing project (at early development "pre-GRIP"). Committed funding only extends to 2022/23 with funding beyond subject to upcoming Investment Decisions. Costs remain high overall with work ongoing across the programme to identify how delivery could be accelerated and costs reduced.
Sourcefile IPA_2021.csv

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