The High Speed Two is a high speed rail that is of very high profile within the UK right now. The project is to update the current rails as well as gaining better punctuality of service, less crowded trains and an increase of business travellers as well as a reduction in carbon emissions. The project is designed to update the rail network between London and the North West of England initially with the intention of expanding further north. The reason for this report is to evaluate three variation requests made to the High Speed Two project. The three requests are, first, a variation to the original route to take in more of Oxfordshire, second is to add a station in Madeley and third is a change of supplier. After completing the evaluation of the changes, the report is going to be presented to a Change Committee.
Each change is evaluated through the analysis of project management theories, such as change management theories, risk management theories and finally change control theories. Secondly the variations are appraised with looking at limitations and opportunities, through evaluating, scope, cost, scheduling and risks. Thirdly the impacts are evaluated with the topics safety, contractual, commercial and technical to establish procedures for the change to be able to happen. Finally the potential consequences and significances to the High Speed Two Ltd and to the public are discussed.
2. Change 1: Variation of Route
The first proposed change is regarding the route of the High Speed two, and is a variation to the originally planned route to take in more of Oxfordshire.
2.1 Project Management Theory
2.1.1 Change Management Theory
Project Management provides a powerful infrastructure to the process of change, which enables companies to mobilize for change far more effectively, and efficiently than is feasible purely within functional and hierarchical structures (Partington 1996). When companies approach change many combine several models to achieve their long-term objectives (Lawman 2014a) As the first change is a variation to the original route that was planned for the High Speed Two, action research is the most applicable theory. The reason for this is because the parties affected by the change are at the centre. Kurt Lewin designed the theory so that there was a one-to-one relationship between the experiment and the variables (Reason and Bradbury 2001). Through this theory it was further enhanced the importance of the opinion of the people affected by the change and in this case the people living around the rail and the people who are in need of a good commute route (Lawman 2014a). To gain the peoples’ opinion it was suggested by a Norwegian to introduce a conference to act as a mediator between the company and the public (Reason and Bradbury 2001).
2.1.2 Risk Management Theory
According to Hubbard (2009), risk management is “the identification, assessment, and prioritization of risk followed by coordinated and...