Crossrail well on track

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Posted by APM on 12th Aug 2014

Richard Bacon MPThe Public Accounts Committee has published a Crossrail report stating the project is on schedule and on course to deliver value for money for the taxpayer.

The report also highlighted the successful role of the Major Projects Leadership Academy in leading to the successful management of the project.

Richard Bacon MP (pictured), who spoke at a recent APM Programme Management SIG event, said: Major, complex infrastructure projects are notoriously difficult to deliver on time and within budget (15.8bn). With Crossrail, we see a textbook example of how to get things right.

It is broadly on schedule and being delivered within budget. The team has focused on the essentials of programme management, including defining a realistic scope, establishing a management team with the necessary skills and securing the required funding.

Two years were spent on planning before construction began on Crossrail, resulting in only a handful of changes being required. The report also recommended that lessons from the project should be captured and applied to other projects such as HS2.

The positive report follows the recent news that Crossrail 2 could be opened by 2029 four years ahead of schedule after feedback from locals prompted revising some of the proposed routes.

Read the full Public Accounts Committee report.

Image: Richard Bacon 2012

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