CTRL – New High Speed Signalling

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We established earned value management (EVM) project controls to the £60m CTRL high speed signalling contract to restore client confidence in the contractor’s performance.

The Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL), now known as High Speed 1 (HS1), is the 68 mile high speed railway between London and the Channel Tunnel in Kent. At an overall cost of £5.8bn and opened on 14th November 2007, it was constructed in 2 stages, the 1st between the Channel Tunnel and Fawkham Junction with an operating speed of 186mph and the 2nd to St.Pancras station with a speed of 143mph. The procurement delivery strategy was essentially to award a number of ‘end to end’ civil engineering contracts, a track and power catenary contract, and a high speed signalling contract.

As programme and construction managers, Bechtel had awarded the signalling contract to a consortium made up of a French signalling designer and manufacturer and an installation contractor and fibre optic supplier from Britain. With the disparate nature and geographic separation of the 3no companies, Bechtel wished to have visibility and confidence that the £60m contract was progressing in accordance with the overall delivery programme.

On behalf of the installation contractor, and as Project Director for the consortium, we established a core team and collocated with Bechtel in London and then directed the consortium in their Paris, Bristol / Newport and Derby offices respectively. We initiated Earned Value Management techniques to the contract programme, in order to determine the Schedule and Cost Performance Indicators (SPI / CPI) for each company and their activities.

This improved the communication and reporting within the 3no companies and to Bechtel, providing them with total transparency and restoring their confidence in the Consortium’s project and delivery teams.


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1st April 2000