Select Committee on Transport, Local Government and the Regions Eighteenth Report


1. Delay the programme to move LTCC to Swanwick by one year and defer associated investment until CP2
  • Operating cost reductions of c£17m pa from closure of West Drayton delayed by 12 months
  • Significant increase in risk of failure to complete the Centre consolidation programme to plan, with delays to reductions in support costs
  • Removes window in CP2 to implement NERC1 system developments (eg iFACTS implementation) and achieve the capacity increases
  • Increase risk that LTCC capacity will be constraining before it is transferred to Swanwick
2. Limit investment on NERC system software on system software in remaining yesars of CP1 to address safety or business critical priorities only
  • No further capacity increases from sectorisations or systemation during CP1 with delay implications later this year
  • Insufficient development of NERC1 system to support EPS and iFACTS increasing the risk that NATS will not be able to provide capacity increases during the CP
3. Cease development investment in EPS and iFACTS - do not implement on NERC1 system
  • EPS-enable ATSA reductions not achieved
  • Potential for obtaining capacity increases from iFACTS is lost
4. No investments to sustain or develop simulator and workstation equipment at Air Traffic Training and Simulation Centre (ATTSC). (Cutting investment in sectorisation removes the need for development activity at ATTSC)
  • NATS capability to grow capacity through re-sectorisation will be lost. The regeneration of this capability will be costly and challenging
  • NATS will be reliant on Eurocontrol for development work and industry-developed products
5. Replace Oceanic system hardware only and defer investment associated with system replacement until CP2
  • Service benefits to Oceanic users of improved profiles will not be provided
  • Delay to introduction of reduced horizontal separation in Oceanic airspace, with potential downstream capacity limitations
6. Limit investment in business systems to essential replacement only
  • Operating costs savings not realised
7. Defer accommodation moves
  • Operating costs savings not realised
8. Reduce Minor projects expenditure by 30%
  • Increases risk of ability to deliver programme within planned cost
9. Remove all remaining contingency in CP1
  • Increases risk of ability to deliver programme within planned cost
10. Unspecified efficiencies of 10% on the remainder
  • Increases risk of ability to deliver programme to specification

Source: Appendix 7 of NATS' response to the CAA Consultation on NATS' Application to reopen Eurocontrol charge control June 2002.

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