TfL confirms appointment of benchmarking advisors for IIPAG

TfL has announced the appointment of two new advisors for the Independent Investment Programme Advisory Group (IIPAG), the group established with the Mayor to oversee the delivery of key TfL projects.

Following the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review in 2010, the role of the IIPAG was expanded to incorporate responsibility to direct benchmarking of the costs of maintenance and project delivery on London Underground and across TfL.

Following a ‘rigorous interview process’ two candidates have now been appointed.

Paul Jenkins and Mike Woods will be specialist advisors to IIPAG and took up their posts earlier in June.

They will set the overall strategy and direction of the benchmarking team within London Underground (LU), ensure that key indicators, knowledge and data systems are structured for the continuous monitoring of performance and oversee the preparation of benchmarking reports.

Confirmation of the new IIPAG advisors came as the TfL Board considered a paper and report on Rail and Underground Asset Benchmarking at its 29 June meeting.

The report identifies further opportunities to improve performance and efficiency on the Tube drawing from best practice at comparable international metros and other relevant businesses in the UK.

LU’s Managing Director, Mike Brown said:

“We’re investing billions to upgrade and improve London’s transport network, and we’re determined to deliver with the best possible value for taxpayers’ and fare payers’ money.

“The benchmarking report considered by the TfL Board today makes clear that LU’s performance, in terms of the availability of assets such as trains, tracks and signal systems, has improved by over a third since the transfer to TfL in 2003/04.

“But we know there is much more to do.

“The Independent Investment Programme Advisory Group will bring real scrutiny and transparency to the unprecedented levels of investment now being made by TfL and we welcome that.

“Paul Jenkins and Mike Woods will further enhance the group, particularly its important work on benchmarking, as it identifies further opportunities to improve performance and efficiency on the Tube drawing from best practice at comparable international metros and other relevant businesses in the UK.”

IIPAG was established in March 2010 to oversee the entire TfL Investment Programme, including all maintenance, renewal, upgrades and major projects across the business.

The group is made up of six world-class engineering, commercial and project management experts and reports to the TfL Board and the Mayor of London as Chair of the TfL Board.

IIPAG will be issuing their first Annual Report later this summer, it will summarise the key projects they have looked at and recommendations the group has made.

TfL is delivering the largest investment in London’s transport infrastructure for decades which will boost the city’s transport capacity.

TfL is investing billions to deliver critical upgrades to eight Tube lines, to build Crossrail, expand the Docklands Light Railway and London Overground networks, deliver a revolution in cycling and walking, improve London’s public spaces, smooth traffic flow and introduce a cleaner, greener New Bus for London.

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