Audit of Transport Model Development for HS2

Audit of Transport Model Development for HS2

The intention is to seek an External Provider of transport model audit services, who is demonstrably independent of any conflicting model development and analysis.

United Kingdom-London: General management consultancy services

2016/S 047-078944

Contract notice – utilities


Directive 2004/17/EC

Section I: Contracting entity

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

High Speed Two (HS2) Limited
One Canada Square, Canary Wharf
For the attention of: Van Haeften, Bernard
E14 5AB London
Telephone: +44 2079446880

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting entity:

Address of the buyer profile:

Electronic access to information:

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate:

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Main activity

Railway services

I.3)Contract award on behalf of other contracting entities

The contracting entity is purchasing on behalf of other contracting entities: no

Section II: Object of the contract


II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting entity:

Implementation Audit of Transport Model Development and Analysis.

II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Service category No 11: Management consulting services [6] and related services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: One Canada Square
Canary Wharf

NUTS code UK

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)

The notice involves a public contract
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s):

The PLANET Framework Model (PFM) is designed, maintained and used to forecast the impact on demand, revenue and benefits of rail schemes such as HS2. It is based on a model originally developed by the Strategic Rail Authority to support their high speed line study in 2001 but since then the model has been extensively developed, fully re-estimated and updated by HS2 Ltd.
Model development and day to day model use risks introducing human error or corruption of calculations. Incorrect or weak modelling could undermine both HS2 Ltd’s reputation and support for the project. HS2 Ltd has therefore established a multi-layered quality assurance (QA) regime to ensure our models and analysis are evidence based, transparent, results are understood and there are no material errors. Model audit to verify the implementation of model development and analysis is in line with the documented method and inputs is a key part of our QA regime and helps to ensure we comply with DfT’s QA guidance, ‘Strength in Numbers’.
The intention is to seek an External Provider of transport model audit services, who is demonstrably independent of any conflicting model development and analysis both at contract award and for the duration of the contract. The need for these services is anticipated to continue until approval of the Phase 2 Hybrid Bill, towards the end of the current Parliament.
Model audit will concern new transport models developed and used by HS2 Ltd and incremental enhancements and use of PFM.
In future, as HS2 Ltd’s forecasting and modelling needs evolve, HS2 Ltd may wish to explore forecasting models other than PFM, therefore this contract should not limit itself to audit of PFM even though this would be the primary focus of the work over the next 1-2 years.
Tenders are invited from organisations accredited by Achilles Information under the Rail Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (RISQS), product code 07.12.04 Operational Planning.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79411000, 79212000, 72316000, 71620000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes

II.1.8)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no

II.1.9)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract

II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

Estimated value excluding VAT
Range: between 0 and 720 000 GBP

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.3)Information about renewals

II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Starting 1.6.2016 Completion 31.3.2020

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

III.1.4)Other particular conditions:

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: no
III.2)Conditions for participation

III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Participation in this competition is restricted to firms accredited by Achilles Information Limited as an approved supplier under the Rail Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (‘RISQS’).
Tenders are invited from all firms holding a valid RISQS ‘Certificate of Verification’ for product code 07.12.04 — Operational Planning, except those directly conflicted by contracts with HS2 Ltd to develop, or analyse, the Transport Model.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
III.2.3)Technical capacity
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

IV.2)Award criteria

IV.2.1)Award criteria

The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications or in the invitation to tender or to negotiate

IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction

An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information

IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting entity:


IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents(except for a DPS)

IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

6.4.2016 – 23:59

IV.3.5)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up

IV.3.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no

VI.2)Information about European Union funds

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: