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Published on : Wednesday, July 6, 2016
“Our Network Rail project teams and their suppliers have a strong and proud track record in Scotland of delivering on-time and on-budget. We need look no further than the Borders Railway line to see evidence of that.
“The programme impacts highlighted today will not delay the introduction of our exciting new fleet of faster, longer, greener trains – nor will they impact on our ability to deliver the 200 new services and 20,000 extra seats promised in the Revolution in Rail timetable change.
“Very importantly, our teams have learnt valuable lessons from the circumstances, decisions and programme impacts over the last months. The Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvement Programme is still progressing well and, as the ORR indicated today, the costs have risen due to extra compliance requirements, complicated interfaces with other projects and other unforeseen factors such as severe weather impacts.
“Despite this, I am pleased to confirm that we are committed to still deliver the overall railway enhancement programme for Scotland by March 2019, and within the agreed funding limits.
“Everyone in Scotland’s railway industry is working closer together than ever before to make a success of these programmes and to deliver the exciting, transformed railway that all of us can be proud of. This is all about our customers and how we improve their journeys and their experiences on the railway.”
Karl Budge, Director for Network Rail Investment Projects in Scotland said:
“We are delivering a hugely exciting and hugely ambitious enhancement programme in Scotland. We have strengthened our delivery structure creating a new management team; changing how we manage the programme, supply chain and contractors. This new structure will improve our decision making processes.”We are working with Transport Scotland to deliver our enhancement programme as quickly and cost-effectively as possible for both the taxpayer and passenger.’’