NSAR hosted their first event under the banner ‘The future’s here now’ in collaboration with the East Coast Digital Programme (ECDP) on the 8th December ’21.
Recently The Rail Industry Association published a report on the ECDP and Rail Business Daily released an article on this. The key points are summarised here.
The ECDP led by Network Rail Director Toufic Machnouk is a blueprint for future schemes accross the industry. This new model of delivery utilisers the industry and commercial partnership.
RIA’s report outlined six essential lessons the industry can learn for similar complex programmes. These include:
- A different approach is needed. This is a transformational industry change programme enabled by technology and therefore needs to behave like an integrated business bringing all the parts together.
- User-centricity is paramount. Working with the operating community and their understanding of the railway is central to realising user benefits.
- Success equals a lean multi-organisational delivery partnership with a shared vision. Jointly defined principles, values, critical success factors and an open operating model are vital.
- Unleash the power of the supply chain. Supplier and client should be responsible for the areas they are best equipped to deliver and bring the supplier close to the user.
- This is not easy. There is a steep learning curve for all parties involved when implementing new ways of working.
- Communicate, communicate, communicate. If this is to be the default model for future complex programmes, the benefits and lessons need to be shared and embedded across the industry.