Northern Hub - the business case
|Thursday 15th November 2012|
|6:00pm Registration and refreshments|
Room Four, 58 Legh Street, Golborne WA3 3PA
|Duncan Law, Senior Programme Development Manager, Network Rail|
|Up to 2 hours (find out more about CPD)|
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The Northern Hub: a project with over a half a billion capital cost and a benefit cost ratio of 4:1 - a business case that ‘speaks for itself’.
The Northern Hub is about the economy. It is the plan to transform rail in the north by providing faster, more frequent journeys between the major towns and cities of the North. It is central to rebalancing the national economy and allowing the region to maximise its potential. It has a 60 year timescale to change the way people travel in the North by:
• delivering the capability to run 700 more trains per day between the major towns and cities in the North
• accommodating 44m more passenger journeys
• better connecting the towns and cities of the North
• delivering faster journey times
• increasing provision for freight
• utilising targeted investment to help the North continue to thrive
The business case appears to speak for itself but how was it compiled? How were the levels of benefits determined? With such a broad area of influence how were inclusions identified? Who contributed to the compilation of the business plan? Who is responsible for delivery of the benefits identified?
Duncan Law, Senior Programme Development Manager at Network Rail will provide an overview of this significant project and explore the associated business case. Duncan’s team lead the development of phase one of the project including the Ordsall Chord, a new link in central Manchester to increase capacity and improve journeys across the North. Since Duncan joined the Northern Hub team the project has received over £200m of funding and is recognised as a transport scheme of national significance.
Prior to joining the Northern Hub team Duncan was the station manager at Manchester Piccadilly where he responsible for the 24 hour general management of one of Network Rail’s key managed stations. Before joining the railway in 2000, Duncan served with the Royal Marines as part of 3 Commando Brigade, operating in several theatres around the world.