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Mace to lead Programme Support Office for Northern Powerhouse Rail

International consultancy and construction company Mace has been appointed by Transport for the North (TfN) to lead the Programme Support Office for the Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) programme.

This mean that Mace will be responsible for project controls, project management, stakeholder management and commercial support, resulting in a strengthened and more coordinated approach to progressing the transformative NPR scheme.  

Mace, as Programme Support Office partner, will work closely with NPR and key stakeholders to further enhance the already well-established programme management capabilities needed to deliver the complex £39 billion programme.

Over the next 12 months and beyond, an expanded and embedded Mace team will continue to work within NPR to deliver the Programme Support Office. It will be working to help prepare for the delivery phase of NPR, strengthening the strategic outline case, establishing viable route options, identifying the best solutions and interactions with HS2, and championing the programme with key decision makers.

Mace’s CEO for consultancy Jason Millett said: “I am in no doubt that the ambitious and exciting plans for Northern Powerhouse Rail are fundamental to levelling-up our economy and creating opportunities for communities and businesses to thrive across the region. As such, I’m delighted to be able to continue our excellent relationship with Transport for the North and the NPR team.

“Delivering NPR will transform the way people travel and work across the North of England, providing fast, frequent and reliable connectivity. As the nation looks to re-emerge from the coronavirus pandemic with even greater resolve, this programme will be critical to recovery, futureproofing the UK’s low carbon transport needs, and addressing regional disparities and inequalities.” 

Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJhttp://therailengineer.com

SPECIALIST AREAS Rolling stock, mechanical equipment, project reports, executive interviews


Nigel Wordsworth graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, after which he joined the American aerospace and industrial fastener group SPS Technologies. After a short time at the research laboratories in Pennsylvania, USA, Nigel became responsible for applications engineering to industry in the UK and Western Europe. At this time he advised on various engineering projects, from Formula 1 to machine tools, including a particularly problematic area of bogie design for the HST.

A move to the power generation and offshore oil supply sector followed as Nigel became director of Entwistle-Sandiacre, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned group Aurora plc. At the same time, Nigel spent ten years as a Technical Commissioner with the RAC Motor Sports Association, responsible for drafting and enforcing technical regulations for national and international motor racing series.

Joining Rail Engineer in 2008, Nigel’s first assignment was a report on new three-dimensional mobile mapping and surveying equipment, swiftly followed by a look at vegetation control machinery. He continues to write on a variety of topics for most issues.

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