International consultancy and construction company Mace has been appointed by Network Rail to provide consultancy services on its railway improvement programme for the North West and Central Region, known as Project Alpha.
A Network Rail initiative, Project Alpha was put in place to improve train performance and customer service. This followed discussions with key stakeholders, such as the Office of Rail and Road, and an agreement that the sector has the opportunity to do things differently.
The programme of works will upgrade the railway in the North West and Central region by solving common causes of delay, including resilience to extreme weather impacts, operational recovery times following incidents, and structural timetables.
Mace is supporting Network Rail in improving the reliability of railways with project and portfolio management services, including Project Management Office (PMO) services, to ensure best practice controls are implemented across the scheme. As part of the new contract, Mace has already implemented a structured governance system for portfolio management and managed the scope development for track upgrades.
Mace’s director of transportation Sean Gray said: “At a time when the entire transport industry is reflecting and identifying ways to improve. We are delighted to have secured a role that ensures Mace can play a part in revitalising the nation’s rail network.
“Project Alpha will transform rail transport for millions of passengers across the North West and Central region of the country. It’s excellent to see that our team is already helping Network Rail to make a difference through best-practice project management and PMO expertise, facilitating the improvements as quickly and effectively as possible.”