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28 February 2012 | Angeline Albert
Responsible procurement has been included in the purchasing process for 60 trains and depot facilities for Crossrail, transport secretary Justine Greening has said.
Crossrail today issued an ‘invitation to negotiate’ for the design, manufacture, finance and service of 60 new trains and the building of a depot at Old Oak Common in West London.
The £1 billion contract, the largest single deal Crossrail will let, will be awarded in the spring of 2014.
In a written ministerial statement to the House of Commons, the secretary of state for transport announced that bidders will be required to demonstrate responsible procurement by setting out how they will engage with the wider supply chain. They must provide opportunities for training, apprenticeships and small- to medium-sized businesses within their purchasing strategy. Bidders must also establish a local presence to manage the delivery of the contract.
In addition to this, bidders are being asked to specify from where each element of the contract will be sourced. Although this is not an assessment criterion, the successful bidder will be required to report against their proposed estimates.
Four bidders received the invitation to negotiate following the pre-qualification stage: Bombardier Transportation, Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles SA, Hitachi Rail Europe Limited and Siemens.
Greening said: “A number of outcomes from the government’s review of public procurement have been reflected in this procurement, which could bring opportunities to UK businesses. Across the transport sector, we want to improve dialogue with suppliers and increase the long-term visibility of forthcoming contracts in order to strengthen the capability of the UK supply chain.”
Crossrail Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London, is delivering the project. The train service will run 118km from Maidenhead in Berkshire and Heathrow in the west, to Shenfield in Essex and Abbey Wood in south-east London, through 21km of tunnels under the capital.