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Prior information notice
This notice is for prior information only
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
Southern Rail Link to Heathrow — Market Sounding
The Southern Rail Link to Heathrow (SRLtH) is a proposed new rail link from the south connecting into Heathrow Airport, for which the Department for Transport (DfT) is seeking to develop a market-led proposals process.
SRLtH forms part of the government’s long term aspiration for the railway network. It is envisaged that it will serve Waterloo and Surrey/Hampshire from Heathrow. However it's at a conceptual stage in its development and the strategic aims, output specification, routes and infrastructure solutions are not yet defined.
The SRLtH Market Sounding will explore the market appetite for developing proposals for SRLtH and the appetite for sharing the risk of the development process. This does not represent the start of a procurement process, but instead could shape a potential future procurement process.
Estimated total value is 700 000 GBP to 1 400 000 000 GBP from a pre-feasibility study undertaken by Network Rail which indicated a range of options in 1Q15 prices, for capital works only.
Between Heathrow Airport and the rail network to the south, UK.
The Market Sounding intends to:
— Explore the market appetite for developing proposals for the design, planning and preparation of their own Strategic Outline Business Case (SOBC) for a Southern Rail Link to Heathrow.
— Explore the appetite for sharing the risk of the development process.
— Explore proposals which include non-railway benefits which could provide additional funding for the rail project, reducing the burden on taxpayers and farepayers.
— Understand the expectations of market participants, the factors impacting their level of interest and the further actions which the Department for Transport can undertake to get the best out of a future procurement and garner support for market-led proposals.
— Develop and test the value criteria for the next stage of proposal development and inform a further potential procurement process and any future evaluation.
Two of the key stakeholders in the project include DfT and Network Rail. DfT works with agencies and parties to support the transport network that helps the UK’s business and gets people and goods travelling around the country. Network Rail owns, operates and develops Britain’s railway — track, bridges, tunnels and viaducts, signals, level crossings and stations. Network Rail’s role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway every day for the four and half million people and businesses that rely upon it. Network Rail is a public company, answerable to Government via the DfT, that runs the day-to-day railway through nine devolved, geographically based businesses, called routes.
Parties are invited to register their interest in participating in the Market Sounding process by email to email@example.com
Please include your contact details and provide us with some key information in relation to your company and areas of particular interest or specialisms.
Parties are invited to attend the Southern Access to Heathrow Industry Event. This will be a specific event launching the Market Sounding for the Southern Access to Heathrow project, to be held on 24.5.2018 at One Great George Street. To register interest, please visit https://ipfa-portal.smartmembership.net/Events/eventdetail.aspx?si_ec=000493. Access to the event is strictly by invitation only and capacity is limited.
Following the market sounding exercise DfT will provide an update on next steps in Autumn 2018.
If a decision is taken to proceed, the specific procurements for both SRLtH and WRLtH will be launched by the publication of further PIN's and/or contract notices by the appropriate contracting authority. General guidance on the preparation of a Strategic Outline Business Case is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/transport-business-case.
The estimated date of publication of a contract notice in Section II.3), is indicative only and does not constitute a commitment for DfT to proceed with a SRLtH scheme.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
This Prior Information Notice (PIN) is not a call for competition and is not published to reduce time limits for the receipt of tenders. Non-participation in this market sounding process shall not prevent any supplier from participating in any of the procurements or any future event.
This PIN is issued solely for the purpose of commencing a market sounding exercise and does not constitute any commitment by DfT or Network Rail to undertake any public procurement exercise in respect of the Southern Rail Link to Heathrow projects or any part of those projects described in this PIN.
DfT is committed to ensuring a competitive procurement process and is committed to fairness, openness, and transparency. The overarching aim of all the market consultation exercises is for genuine two-way dialogue to take place between DfT and the market, listening to what interested parties have to say and using this to shape the commercial and procurement strategies which set out the future approach to the market.
To the extent DfT or any other procuring authority carries out any procurement, both parties reserve the right to award contracts in lots or groups of lots. Interested parties will not be prejudiced by any response or failure to respond to this PIN. Nor shall a response to this PIN guarantee an invitation to participate in this market consultation exercise or any future procurement process that either DfT or Network Rail may conduct. This PIN does not constitute a call for competition to procure any works or services and DfT is not bound to accept any proposals offered.
DfT is not liable for any costs, fees or expenses incurred by any party responding to this PIN or any party who may participate in the market sounding exercise. In the event that DfT decides to proceed with any procurement, it is currently assumed that such procurement will be carried out in accordance with the provisions of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 unless any legal requirement requires a different procedure to be adopted.
DfT are also engaging the market on another rail access scheme, the Western Rail Link to Heathrow (WRLtH). Please be aware that the WRLtH project is at a later stage of development. WRLtH is subject to a separate PIN and market sounding process.
Participants should note that the DfT is also hosting 2 Rail Investment Opportunity Days (RIODs). These build on the launch of the general call for ideas and publication of Department’s Market-Led Proposals Guidance. The event in London is now full; to register interest in the Birmingham event on 5 June, please email firstname.lastname@example.org