Wales and Borders Franchise and Metro Contract

Wales and Borders Franchise and Metro Contract

Welsh Government is conducting a single procurement to appoint an Operator and Development Partner (ODP) to undertake the following functions: a. The operation of the Wales and Borders rail franchise.

United Kingdom-Cardiff: Railway transport services

2016/S 137-247785

Contract notice – utilities

Services

Directive 2014/25/EU

Section I: Contracting entity

I.1)Name and addresses

Welsh Government
c/o Transport for Wales, Southgate House, Wood Street
Cardiff
CF10 1EW
United Kingdom
Contact person: Tamara Evans
Telephone: +44 2921673434
E-mail: procurement@transportfor.wales
NUTS code: UK

I.2)Joint procurement

The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body

I.3)Communication

The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: https://award.bravosolution.co.uk/tfw/web/login
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: https://award.bravosolution.co.uk/tfw/web/login
Electronic communication requires the use of tools and devices that are not generally available. Unrestricted and full direct access to these tools and devices is possible, free of charge, at: https://award.bravosolution.co.uk/tfw/web/login

I.6)Main activity

Railway services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

II.1.1)Title:

Wales and Borders Franchise and Metro Contract.

II.1.2)Main CPV code

60200000

II.1.3)Type of contract

Services

II.1.4)Short description:

Welsh Government is conducting a single procurement to appoint an Operator and Development Partner (ODP) to undertake the following functions:

a. The operation of the Wales and Borders rail franchise;

b. The design and management of the development and implementation of capital works to deliver a Metro style service on the Core Valleys Lines and subsequent infrastructure management of the Core Valleys Lines;

c. The operation of rail and related aspects of the South Wales Metro service;

d. The design and development of further schemes to improve rail travel in Wales.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 5 000 000 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

60210000
71311230
45234000
45234120
45213320
71311200
71320000
71322000
71336000
71500000
71530000
71540000
71541000
60000000
60200000
63711000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKL
NUTS code: UKL1
NUTS code: UKL2
NUTS code: UKL11
NUTS code: UKD2
NUTS code: UKG22
NUTS code: UKK13
NUTS code: UKG11
NUTS code: UKD21
NUTS code: UKD3
NUTS code: UKD5
NUTS code: UKG21
NUTS code: UKG3
Main site or place of performance:

Wales and Border counties.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Welsh Government is conducting a single procurement to appoint an operator and development partner to undertake the following functions:

a. The operation of the Wales and Borders rail franchise;

b. The design and the management of the development and implementation of capital works to deliver a Metro style service on the Core Valleys Lines in the South Wales Valleys and subsequent infrastructure management of the Core Valleys Lines;

c. The operation of rail and related aspects of the South Wales Metro service;

d. The design and development of further schemes to improve rail travel in Wales.

The geographic scope of the franchise is expected to be similar to that of the Wales and Borders rail franchise operated by Arriva Trains Wales:http://www.arrivatrainswales.co.uk/ until October 2018. This broadly aligns with the Welsh border but also includes a number of cross border services including some England-only services in the vicinity of the border.

The South Wales Metro comprises a programme of service and infrastructure interventions to provide faster and more frequent rail services, some electrified, in the wider Cardiff Capital Region (including the Core Valleys Lines). A wider programme will promote integrated transport across the area. Further information is available from: http://gov.wales/topics/transport/public/metro/?land=en

The Welsh Government is currently developing the delivery model and procurement options including the key commercial principles, the nature and terms of any contracts awarded. Further information is contained in the pre-qualification pack and will also be available during the course of dialogue.

There will be opportunities for infrastructure contractors to undertake the detailed design and construction under Early Contractor Involvement principles. A separate Periodic Indicative Notice will be published by Welsh Government for the construction opportunities arising from the South Wales Metro. It is currently envisaged that these opportunities will be awarded through frameworks under 3 Lots — Electrification, General Civils Works and Works associated with the permanent way (track).

Changes to the procurement process:

Welsh Government reserves the right not to award a contract, to make whatever changes it sees fit to the structure and timing of the procurement process (including issuing updates and amendments to the procurement documents and inviting bids on the same or an alternative basis) to cancel the process in its entirety at any stage and, where it considers it appropriate to do so to award a contract for only part of the requirement or to make a direct contract award pursuant to Article 5(6) of Regulation (EC) No 1370/2007.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 5 000 000 000.00 GBP

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months: 180
This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited

Envisaged minimum number: 3
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates:

Please see the pre-qualification pack for further details.

Welsh Government reserves the right to down-select bidders during the course of the dialogue phase.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no

II.2.14)Additional information

Estimated value of contract: 3 000 000 000-5 000 000 000 GBP over 15 year term, significant categories including fare-box revenue (currently c. 130 000 000 GBP p.a.), subsidy (currently c. 180 000 000 GBP p.a.) and other payments.

Term of contract between 10 and 15 years.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

III.1.2)Economic and financial standing

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

III.1.3)Technical and professional ability

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

III.1.4)Objective rules and criteria for participation

List and brief description of rules and criteria:

Please refer to the pre-qualification pack.

III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts

III.1.6)Deposits and guarantees required:

The successful bidder, whether a single party or consortium, will be required to provide a parent company guarantee or other form of surety (in a form acceptable to Welsh Government). Further details can be found in the pre-qualification pack.

III.1.7)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

Further information will be made available during the course of dialogue.

III.1.8)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

Please refer to the pre-qualification pack.

III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.1)Information about a particular profession
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:
III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Competitive dialogue
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system

IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue

Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
IV.2)Administrative information

IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

Notice number in the OJ S: 2015/S 226-412254

IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

Date: 16/09/2016
Local time: 12:00

IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

Date: 10/10/2016

IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:

English
IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no

VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

Electronic ordering will be used
Electronic invoicing will be accepted
Electronic payment will be used

VI.3)Additional information:

Transport for Wales is acting as representative on behalf of Welsh Government in relation to the procurement and is managing the procurement process on their behalf.

a. Applicants must register their expression of interest to gain access to the Award e-sourcing portal and the pre-qualification pack by emailing:procurement@transportfor.wales

b. Applicants must sign a Contract Letting Process Agreement (CLPA) and return it to Transport for Wales via the above email address prior to being granted access to the online pre-qualification pack and clarification facility.

Under the terms of this contract the successful supplier(s) will be required to deliver Community Benefits in support of the authority’s economic and social objectives. Accordingly, contract performance conditions may relate in particular to social and environmental considerations. The Community Benefits included in this contract are:

Detailed within the pre-qualification pack.

(WA Ref:48790).

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

N/A
N/A
United Kingdom
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

15/07/2016

 

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