Last month, NETLIPSE’s assessors carried out two IPAT assessments on the projects MXP-AT Railink Milan (Italy) and Lake Mälaren (Sweden).
MXP-AT Railink Milan
The two-phase rail project linking Milan Malpensa airport Terminal 1 and the Simplon railway line will permit Malpensa airport to become the hub of an extended railway network which guarantees access to the overall Northern Italy and to the rest of Europe (through the Swiss Alps).
Phase I consists in the Malpensa airport T1-T2 railway connection of 3,4 km which is almost completed (the activation of the line will be in December 2016) and is the first step to complete the rail loop representing the “Global Project” (referred to as the project in this report). Phase II is the study of the extension of the railway line from T2 to the Simplon line towards Gallarate of 4,6 km plus 1,1 km long rail link to Casorate Sempione northbound in order to provide the “last mile”.
The IPAT assessment focused on these two phases, determining strengths, weaknesses and areas of improvement in twelve project management themes.
This project includes the planning, design, procurement and implementation of the widening and deepening of the waterway through Södertälje canal and lock, and in parts of the waterway in Lake Mälaren to the ports of Västerås and Köping. The assignment also includes commissioning and handover to management of the Swedish Maritime Organisation.
The overall project objective is to increase the accessibility to the ports of Lake Mälaren, improve maritime safety and create the conditions for larger and more modern vessels, so that the environmental impact caused by transports can be reduced and relieve road and rail.
The Infrastructure Project Assessment Tool (IPAT) is a tool that can assess, monitor, benchmark, and evaluate project organisations of large infrastructure projects before, during, and after implementation in a competent and uniform way. In this way it gives guidelines to a project organisation on the crucial factors in managing large infrastructure projects.