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'Seamless team' kept CTRL scheme going


THE CHANNEL Tunnel Link (CTRL) project could have fallen months behind schedule had the project manager and contractors not partnered so effectively, the ICE was told last week.

Potential delays were stemmed on the key Ashford, Kent, section of the 300km/h rail link, CTRL project manager Robin Williams told the Railway Civil Engineers' Association meeting last week, when both project manager Rail Link Engineering and contractor Skanska merged into a 'seamless team'.

Realising the scheme was falling behind, he said, Rail Link Engineering staff were seconded to main contractor Skanska in a bid to force close working between the two companies.

'Open book' accounting and shared files were used to optimise information exchange and ensure mutual trust.

This allowed both sides to follow what was being spent where, so avoiding potential disputes, and saving administration time, Williams concluded.

The scheme was so successful that civils work was actually completed ahead of time, he told his audience.

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