The New Line Copenhagen-Ringsted: the benefits from EU railway benchmarking

Inara Trabo, Alex Landex, J.E. Schneider-Tilli, Otto Anker Nielsen

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    Companies in many different business areas face unexpected budget overruns
    when carrying out large-scale projects. Usually this happens because of underestimation of actual costs during budgeting. That is why it is important to have specific knowledge of the market situation, not only in one specific country, but also outside the country’s borders. It helps, for example, to find relevant
    information about construction materials to lower prices and reducing a project’s
    planned costs by several per cent. The same is true of technology and the
    companies involved in the construction of the project. “The New Line
    Copenhagen-Ringsted” project being developed by Rail Net Denmark will be the
    first high-speed railway line in Denmark with a total budget of EUR 1.10 billion.
    The focus is on avoiding a budget overrun and on therefore looking for ways of
    reducing project costs. We have conducted a benchmark study of other similar
    high-speed railway lines in Europe. France, Italy, and Spain have long and
    productive experience in constructing and operating high-speed railway lines.
    Investigating their best practices brings valuable knowledge to the project. This
    paper presents the data we gathered and our results, which will be useful for
    other infrastructure managers. Infrastructure managers will be able to make their
    own benchmarks to come
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationComputers in Railways XIII : Computer System Design and Operation in the Railway and Other Transit Systems
    EditorsC.A. Brabbia, N. Tomii, J.M. Mera, B. Ning, P. Tzieropoulos
    Place of PublicationAshurst
    PublisherWIT Press
    Publication date2012
    ISBN (Print)978-1-84564-616-5
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-84564-617-2
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    Event13th International Conference on Design and Operation in Railway Enginering: COMPRAIL XIII - Wessex Institute of Technology, New Forest, United Kingdom
    Duration: 11 Sep 201213 Sep 2012


    Conference13th International Conference on Design and Operation in Railway Enginering
    LocationWessex Institute of Technology
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    CityNew Forest
    SeriesWIT Transactions on the Built Environment


    • Railway
    • Benchmarking
    • Cost drivers
    • Budget overruns
    • Unit costs


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