Crossrail 2 team using delays to avoid procurement issues

Crossrail 2 team using delays to avoid procurement issues

Crossrail 2 managing director Michèle Dix has said delays to London’s first Crossrail scheme are being used as an opportunity for her team to avoid procurement problems with the second project.

Ms Dix, who is also a member of the Oakervee HS2 review panel, said the delay to the Elizabeth Line is enabling the planning of the Hertfordshire to Surrey line, even though Crossrail 2’s timetable and funding has had to be “rejigged”.

She said: “There is a silver lining in that, because quite often with major infrastructure projects like this, once they’re given the go ahead there is a rush to get on with them.

“It means we have a window of opportunity to plan exactly how we are going to do the work down to minute detail, before procuring everything, so we don’t run in to problems that quite a lot of major projects run in to in terms of the way they are procured.”

Construction News revealed last month that £6m was allocated for planning Crossrail 2 in the Treasury’s spending round for the next financial year.

But the overall funding package and confirmed route plan for Crossrail 2 are among outstanding issues which need to be resolved in order for the project to move ahead.

Ms Dix noted that a “big source” of the money for Crossrail 2 is set to come from funding through the Mayoral Community Infrastructure Levy (MCIL), which is now being used to cover overspends on the first Crossrail project.

The levy, applied to areas in central London and the Isle of Dogs, is placed on developers submitting planning applications.

Ms Dix’s statement, made at Mipim UK Summit last week, echoed the optimism of Crossrail 2’s head of commercial Simon Adams expressed in April. He said that more design time will be spent on the project to avoid similar delays and cost overruns suffered by Crossrail 1.

In September, Crossrail bosses warned of new risks identified in “modelling scenarios” that could cause the cost of the project rise by another £394m and could delay its opening until 2021. The project had already gone £2bn over budget and is set to open more than two year later than planned.

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