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August 2011 | Angeline Albert
Crossrail has postponed a
tender for 60 new trains to save money and wait for the outcome of a government
review into procurement.
company, a subsidiary of Transport forLondon, said it would achieve
“significant savings running into the tens of millions”, by waiting until 2012
to issue the tender documents, rather than publishing the notice this year.
This means the contract will now not be awarded until 2014, as opposed to 2013
as previously planned.
is a new rail link that will run from both Maidenhead and Heathrow airport in
the west, through central London, to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. The
line is set to open in 2018. The capital cost of new vehicles and depot is around
savings will be achieved as the company will take delivery of the first trains
a year later than scheduled.
a consequence of the shorter delivery timescales, contract award is not
required until 2014 and therefore the issuing of tender documents can be
deferred by allowing the conclusions of the government’s review of public
procurement to be taken into account,” said a Crossrail statement.
Department for Business Innovation andSkills is looking into public purchasing as part of its
wider growth review. The study will examine whether the UK is making best use
of the application of EU procurement rules, and the degree to which the
government can set out requirements and evaluation criteria to support UK
government repeated its intention to look into how it can support UK business through procurement
in July, following the award of a deal for new trains for the Thameslink
project to German firm Siemens.
has confirmed Bombardier Transportation (UK), Construcciones y Auxiliar de
Ferrocarriles, Hitachi Rail Europe and Siemens will be invited to tender for the
rolling stock and depot facilities contract.