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Support to the local economy

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Support of the local economy (in particular, small and medium sized enterprises, SMEs) during the implementation of the Lyon-Turin rail link project

Implementing partner: General Council of Savoie

Geographical area: Maurienne valley, Savoie (France)

Aim of the Pilot Action
This pilot action aimed to develop a monitoring mechanism (observatory) to assist local small and medium-sized enterprises in adapting to the presence of the Lyon-Turin high speed railway construction site, for example to help them prepare for and participate in tenders and other opportunities generated by the major transport infrastructure (MTI) construction work (whilst remaining within the national and European regulations on transparency and competitiveness).
The starting point for this pilot action was the analysis carried out in 2009/2010 as part of the French “Démarche Grand Chantier”, which provided detailed data on the employment requirements of the construction site. The action, which was carried out as part of the “Observatoire du Grand Chantier” (Observatory of a major infrastructure construction site) had two specific objectives:

  1. to identify the relevant indicators and sources of data, and to define the structure and content of a future IT database and monitoring system of the construction site and its economic impacts;
  2. to work closely with local business stakeholders to understand how best to facilitate their relationship with and involvement in the construction project.

Achievements/Results
A detailed analysis was carried out of nine observatories of major construction projects including motorways, railway lines, a nuclear power station and an offshore wind farm, to identify the different approaches to monitoring and evaluating such projects.
The primary aspects to be considered are: the potential local labour supply; the labour requirements of the construction site; comparison of the available labour, in terms of both skills and quantity, with
the construction site needs to identify training requirements in the necessary skills and trades. In addition, the economic impacts of the construction project on local enterprises should be measured.
The monitoring system should evolve according to the different phases of the construction project: pre-construction phase; site preparation phase; construction phase; post-construction phase.
An in-depth analysis was made of the data required in each phase, resulting in the formulation of 23 detailed indicator data sheets. These define for each indicator the information to be collected, the relevance of that information (what insight it provides into the situation in question at the particular phase of construction), the sources of input data, the possible analysis and presentation of the data and potential uses of the analysis. Many data are available from existing documents required by work and employment regulations.
Further information could be obtained by including obligations in tendered contracts for contractors to submit data regularly to the monitoring body.
A series of stakeholder meetings were held with local businesses to understand their expectations and requirements of the observatory and their main concerns regarding the construction project.

Outputs
Two outputs were produced in the pilot action. The first is a report setting out the proposals for creating a monitoring system to collect and analyse socio-economic data relating to the major construction site, including the detailed indicator data sheets.
The second output is a report on the consultation process with local business stakeholders affected by the major construction site.
The report includes an analysis of an internet-based stakeholder platform set up for another infrastructure project, which could be a useful tool in the context of the Lyon-Turin rail link construction site.
The reports are intended to assist the partners of the Lyon-Turin rail link project and the “Démarche Grand Chantier” – notably the French government and the Department of Savoie – in successfully managing this important element of the Lyon-Turin construction project. (They are available in French only).