Network Rail Auditing Tender

Network Rail Auditing Tender

Financial: auditing financial accounts and regulatory measures, business and performance planning.

United Kingdom-London: Accounting, auditing and fiscal services

2019/S 133-328263

Contract notice – utilities


Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/25/EU

Section I: Contracting entity

I.1)Name and addresses

Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd
1 Eversholt Street
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1908781000
NUTS code: UK
I.2)Information about joint procurement


Access to the procurement documents is restricted. Further information can be obtained at:
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address

I.6)Main activity

Railway services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


Network Rail and ORR (Office of Rail and Road) Independent Reporters

Reference number: #7453

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

Independent Reporters are commissioned by Network Rail to provide impartial, expert advice to the ORR and Network Rail. Since their establishment in 2004 Independent Reporters are recognised as industry experts and have played an important role in researching and assuring Network Rail’s delivery of services.

Network Rail, with the support of Government, has committed to further devolution to regions and routes. With this context, ORR in its initial PR18 consultation set out its plans for a route based regulatory framework which has set the path for the periodic review process and ultimately the regulatory framework for CP6. Independent reporters will play an important role in providing opinion and advice to ORR potentially across various regions and routes and not just Network Rail as a singular organisation.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)


II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UK
Main site or place of performance:

Commissions are performed from Network Rail offices including (but not limited to) Basingstoke, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Derby, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Swindon and York.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Independent reporters may be commissioned to look at any part of Network Rail’s regulated activities covering any of the following areas:


— auditing financial accounts and regulatory measures,

— business and performance planning,

— monitoring of financial efficiencies,

— reviewing Network Rail’s business plans.

Asset management

— asset stewardship capability,

— renewal and replacement of the network,

— quality and capability of the network.


— planning and delivering enhancement projects,

— management, development and auditing of data management systems,

— project management,

— delivery and planning of train performance to operators,

— managing change,

— stakeholder engagement,

— long term planning.

For reference only, examples of previous independent reporter mandates include:

— review and determine the accuracy of the information held in respect of Network Rail’s assets to demonstrate confidence in the quality and governance over its asset data,

— determine the reliability and accuracy of the information presented in Network Rail’s regulatory financial statements,

— provide assurance that the methodology for producing price lists is robust, prior to sharing the them with industry stakeholders,

— provide ORR with assurance of the reliability and accuracy of proposed metrics that could be used to measure performance,

— develop a route-based approach to monitoring and reporting on Network Rail’s capability to manage and deliver capital projects, programmes and portfolios through the lifecycle,

— provide assurance to ORR on the reasonableness of the forecast headwinds and efficiencies included within Network Rail’s plans,

— provide assurance on Network Rail’s proposed business change programmes to be delivered in CP6 including assurance to ORR that the processes and controls for governing programmes are appropriate,

— support ORR’s review of Network Rail’s planning for, and deliverability of, its strategic plans,

— provide assurance that any submitted, and anticipated future, changes to costs and outputs are efficient and provide value for money for third party funders.

Further information of previous Independent Reporter scope of services can be found on the official ORR website.

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

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

Duration in months: 60
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

Re-tender after 5 years.

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

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

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
III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
III.1.4)Objective rules and criteria for participation
III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.1.6)Deposits and guarantees required:
III.1.7)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.1.8)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
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.1.1)Type of procedure

Negotiated procedure with prior call for competition

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

The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement
Framework agreement with several operators
IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
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: no
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

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

Date: 12/08/2019
Local time: 12:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

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

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: yes
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows
VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Network Rail
Milton Keynes
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: