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West of England Rail Electrification Programme, 23 February 2017

Presentation to the South Wales and West of England branch by Jill Poynton on 23 February 2017

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West of England Rail Electrification Programme, 23 February 2017

  1. 1. Great Western Electrification Jill Poyton – Senior Sponsor, West of England @networkrailwest @networkrailBRI
  2. 2. Agenda • Who I am • Who decides rail strategy • The difference between Renewals and Enhancements • Why the railway should be electrified • The main railway projects in the Bristol area • Why the Greater West programme had to be created • The three levels of change control • The shift to funding benefits, not assets • Why electrification is being deferred • How the railway is going to be better
  3. 3. Sponsor: The client’s representative, working alongside the programme team to make sure that the project will deliver the required benefits within budget and timescale. My accountability: West of England electrification Power and Distribution
  4. 4. Who decides rail strategy? DfT Network Rail TOCs & FOCs Europe Councils
  5. 5. What work is done on the railway? • Renewals • Like for like • Change operation • Update technology • Enhancements • Capacity • User experience • Traffic gauge
  6. 6. Why electrify the railway? Electrification frees up capacity • Faster acceleration of new electric trains creates the capacity for extra trains to run on the GWML, including four peak trains per hour between Bristol TM and London.
  7. 7. Benefits of electrification - passengers More seats, faster journeys • Electric trains will have more seats than diesel trains of the same length. • Faster journeys of up to 22 minutes from Bristol to Paddington.
  8. 8. Benefits of electrification Better for the environment • Emits 20-35% less carbon per passenger than diesel trains and improve air quality. • Trains are virtually silent when waiting at stations. Reduced costs of electric trains • Cheaper to operate, less maintenance and lower energy costs. • Lighter, causing less damage to track, helping create a more reliable railway.
  9. 9. What challenges are there? Size £6 billion 180 miles The Greater West Programme BASRE Bristol Parkway Capacity Bristol East Remodelling Electrification Filton Capacity IEP readiness MetroWest Public Disrupt Impact Access Compensation to TOCs/FOCs Nights Blockades Finance Funder Supplier
  10. 10. How does the change control work? • Service introduction DfT • Scope, funding, milestones Sponsor • Transfer, contingency, re-programme The Greater West Programme
  11. 11. Example: Bristol East Gantry • BEAST: new structure and signals to match new layout • Electrification: raise the boom
  12. 12. Key stakeholders in these decisions DfT Network Rail TOCs & FOCs Europe NationalAudit Office report
  13. 13. Capacity not assets CP5 funding What is important? What can deliver? What needs funding now?
  14. 14. West of England: electrification and upgrade • We are working to increase capacity between London Paddington and Cardiff/Bristol • Bristol Parkway new platform • Electrify Paddington to Cardiff • Four tracking Filton Bank • Rationalise Bristol East junction
  15. 15. Priority funding: deferrals map
  16. 16. West of England: deferrals • Nothing has been cancelled • The majority of passenger benefits will still be delivered to the original timetable • The new inter-city IEP trains will be introduced into service in 2017 and the first Turbo trains will be cascaded to Bristol this summer
  17. 17. Passenger benefits We remain committed to future electrification in Bristol and Bath because it will bring: • Less wear on rails, meaning less disruption for maintenance • Quieter trains, benefiting trackside neighbours of all kinds • Greener trains, reducing CO2 emissions and reducing impact on the environment
  18. 18. Passenger benefits Many of the benefits for passengers will be realised over the next two years: • Faster train services • More frequent train services • More comfortable journeys • Increased seating capacity
  19. 19. Agenda • Who I am • Who decides rail strategy • The difference between Renewals and Enhancements • Why the railway should be electrified • The main railway projects in the Bristol area • Why the Greater West programme had to be created • The three levels of change control • The shift to funding benefits, rather than assets • Why electrification is being deferred • How the railway is going to be better

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