June 2017 UK Project Management Round Up


Brexit, Crossrail, Airport Projects, Alternative Energy, Cyber Crime, Space Projects and future smiles

By Miles Shepherd

Executive Advisor & International Correspondent

Salisbury, England, UK



There have been two overwhelming topics that dominate events in UK – first came the news that the Government called a snap election. Mercifully the lead time is only six weeks for we are spared some of the interminable ranting from political groups with little new to say. Then came the devastating bombing of the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. The murder of twenty-two people, mainly young fans, has shocked the Nation and caused intense police activity in the weeks since the attack. These events have overshadowed events in the Project World but there is still some activity to report.

Brexit still looms over the country but there is progress on the CrossRail front as well as on alternative energy programmes, reaction to the cyber attacks, and space projects.


Well, Brexit has not gone away – much as many observers would like. Not surprisingly it features prominently in the run up to next week’s General Election and much of what we hear is little more than hooligans shouting through letter boxes. The only significant comment in the national press is commentary that the effective devaluation of Sterling has not brought with it the expected longer-term boost in export sales. There are also reports from the European Central Bank (ECB) to the effect that BREXIT will not affect eurozone financial stability. The concern has been that a punitive deal for the City of London would impact on Continental dealings, a notion that the ECB has firmly rejected. This is likely to be a long running debate that may well impact on transnational projects and existing Euro contracts.


Progress on Crossrail continues and the project is set to achieve a major milestone shortly. The first of the new trains will enter passenger service on the Transport for London (TfL) Rail route between Liverpool Street and Shenfield. This is the first stage of the phased introduction of the new service that will be named the Elizabeth line when it opens through central London in December 2018.

The Elizabeth line will increase central London’s rail capacity by 10 per cent when it is fully operational, serving 40 stations, with up to 24 trains per hour in each direction. An additional 1.5 million commuters will enjoy better access to jobs and opportunities in London’s major employment centres.

Photo: courtesy of Crossrail

The project is now 83 per cent complete. The work programme continues with construction of stations progressing well across the route. Fitting out of the Tunnels, shafts and portals, ventilation fans and all the communication and signalling systems required to operate the railway is nearing completion



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About the Author


Salisbury, UK




Miles Shepherd is an executive editorial advisor and international correspondent for PM World in the United Kingdom. He is also managing director for MS Projects Ltd, a consulting company supporting various UK and overseas Government agencies, nuclear industry organisations and other businesses. Miles has over 30 years’ experience on a variety of projects in UK, Eastern Europe and Russia. His PM experience includes defence, major IT projects, decommissioning of nuclear reactors, nuclear security, rail and business projects for the UK Government and EU.   Past Chair and Fellow of the Association for Project Management (APM), Miles is also past president and chair of the International Project Management Association (IPMA). He is currently a Director for PMI’s Global Accreditation Centre and is immediate past Chair of the ISO committee developing new international standards for Project Management and for Program/Portfolio Management. He was involved in setting up APM’s team developing guidelines for project management oversight and governance. Miles is based in Salisbury, England and can be contacted at [email protected].

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