Boxwood wins award for Metronet work

Boxwood has won this year’s Management Consultancies Association top award for its work with Metronet, the consortium that is upgrading and running London Underground’s infrastructure ð- only a week after the transport business’s chief executive resigned.

Management consultancy firm Boxwood beat off competition from major firms including Accenture and Deloitte and was named platinum award winner for best management practice for its work with Metronet.

‘In just 16 weeks, Boxwood helped TrackForce [Metronet’s track maintenance division] to exceed its targets, increasing productivity by 200% for sleeper replacement and by 83% for track renewal, with anticipated savings of £1.2m,’ according to an MCA statement.

Metronet engaged Boxwood in the summer of 2003 to work on a comprehensive programme to improve the performance of London Underground.

According to the MCA, these improvements have saved Metronet £4.9m to date and ‘enabled a key project to finish early, after it was forecast to finish a year late’.p> Meanwhile, John Weight, CEO and chairman of Metronet, which has been criticised for its performance in modernising London,s underground rail network, ð resigned last week after the board decided the group ‘needed to accelerate change’. Metronet said that the chief operating officer of engineering group Jarvis, Andrew Lezala, would replace Weight.

Simon Clothier set up Boxwood in 1998, with the company going from a two-person operation in a room above a garage near Leeds to employing more than 70 staff.

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