“Clear the way”
Develop strategic objectives. You need clear objectives and empowered leaders to allow projects to be delivered quickly.
Clear objectives allow you to set the scope.
Successful projects begin by setting out clear objectives which requires strategic planning. A critical success factor for rail projects is having clearly defined strategic objectives which translate into a clear strategic narrative.
A strong value proposition allows a project to measure delivery against the objectives. This is especially true in the railway, which is a complex system, requiring significant levels of strategic planning with projects that last for many years with impacts far beyond the railway fence.
Revisit the strategic objectives at key decision points to focus on delivering the benefits as opposed to driving forward what can be built.
Read more about the vision tool and see examples of well articulated vision statements.
Download the vision tool.
Once you have defined the strategic context and objectives, and have clearly articulated the vision and understood the problem, only then can you begin developing a solution.
If the problem does indeed call for a transport solution then government guidance on transport appraisal should be followed. The tools below can help you do this.
Transport hierarchy tool.
Read the full government guidance on the transport hierarchy.