Sigma and RIA launch pilots for New VIP

The Value Improvement Programme (VIP), owned by the Railway Industry association, developed and delivered by Sigma, is now in a major phase of development and improvement.  Four pilot studies with Alstom, Carillion Rail, Alan Dick Communications and Kier will share their performance improvements with customers and suppliers to the rail sector in the autumn.

VIP is an approved rail industry process designed to support the implementation of more open behaviours and collaborative working in order to drive improved efficiencies, added value, and reduced costs.  It was first established in 2002 and supported by a code of practice.  Since then 90 VIP workshops and events have delivered positive outcomes and cost savings.

VIP is now updated and relaunched as ‘New VIP’ to reflect the latest industry drivers including:

  • Outputs from the McNulty report in meeting the challenges of collaboration, cost reduction and efficiency savings.
  • Supporting the implementation of BS11000, the national partnering standard adopted and endorsed by Network Rail.
  • Building in measureable business outcomes through improved behaviours.
  • Supporting innovation in the industry.
  • Developing integrated supply chain teams.

Our pilot studies are designed to address the following agreed industry criteria for success.  The diagram below illustrates how new VIP can now be used to improve business and project performance.




The pilots will cover different challenges and will help to inform the industry across a number of products and services, as follows:

  • Alstom – 5 year outsourcing contract for catering equipment and maintenance
  • Kier – National framework contract on Footbridge Programmes
  • Carillion-Powerlines – East Midlands Mainline Electrification Programme
  • Alan Dick Communications – Oxfordshire Re-signalling Programme

The Sigma team will be working on a number of other assignments with the new VIP service between now and the conference to formally report back on the findings in autumn.

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