The Challenge

Network Rail is delivering more than £15bn worth of enhancement projects between 2015-2019 to improve rail infrastructure nationwide. These projects constantly face technical, financial and political challenges — leading to delays. The Office of Rail and Road are responsible to oversee and regulate these projects to ensure they hit their milestones on time and on budget.
The ORR asked Hack Partners to help them predict when a project may begin to underperform using data they received from Network Rail.

The Solution

Hack Partners worked closely with the regulators at ORR to review the project financial data and build a predictive tool which ranks projects according to their likelihood of missing a milestone — where projects that are likely to miss their milestones are flagged up to the regulators for review. For each project, a series of data visualisations (including 3D surface plots) of historical financial data serve as an indicator for regulators to identify what may be going wrong.

8 Staff Now Using The Tool

The ORR now has a tool that predicts the future performance of projects flagging up any that deem likely to miss their milestones. This gives ORR the insight they need to better monitor projects and save millions in over expenditure.