Planning permission has been granted and the tender package prepared. Agreeing arrangements for access to private land for ground investigation surveys is delaying the completion of the works information. Given the number of earthworks within the scheme, this is critical information for contractors to inform the tendered price, eliminate risk and provide greater cost certainty. Officers are working with the legal team and the land owner to agree access arrangements and it is anticipated that the ground investigation surveys and analysis will be completed in November. This has impacted on the programme and the key stages along with earliest expected dates for delivery are shown below:
|Planning application submitted||December 2015|
|Application determined||March 2016|
|Procurement and contract document preparation (Other than G.I)||September 2016|
|Publish Orders/objection period||October-November 2016|
|Agree Ground investigation access, complete survey and analysis report||November 2016|
|Tender issued||November/ December 2016|
|Tender return||February 2017|
|Works package award approved by E and E Committee||9th March 2017|
|Detailed design||July 2017|
|Site mobilisation and construction||July 2017|
|Scheme open||March-July 2018|
Meeting key stages is dependent on land access and acquisition, concluding agreements with Network Rail and agreeing a contractor’s programme. Any objection to Compulsory Purchase Orders may add a year into the programme. Similarly, Network Rail agreements may add to the programme, but on-going liaison with Network Rail is aiming to mitigate this risk.
Key changes to the programme are reported to the Project Board which meets every 2-3 months.
Update – 13/12/2016
What is the progress in relation to Kings Dyke rail crossing, as there have been significant delays?
The Project Board responsible for the delivery and completion of the scheme along with assistance from Officers are working to complete this project as quickly as possible. Planning permission has been granted and the tender package from which contractors will prepare bids to build the scheme is nearing completion. Work is ongoing to complete ground investigation surveys that are needed for contractors to inform the tendered price, eliminate risk and provide greater cost certainty. The County Council is expecting to awarded the works package in March 2017. Detailed design and construction will commence in the Summer 2017 with the scheme being open between March and July 2018.
The Project Board with assistance from Officers are working to mitigate any ongoing risks or delays to the programme. Meeting the key stages above is dependent on matters such as land acquisition, agreements with Network Rail and agreeing a contractor’s programme. On-going discussions and forward planning are assisting with this process.
Whittlesey Town Council believed the opening date may be later in 2018 (e.g. late Autumn/early Winter) due to the potential impact of late commencement.