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Norway-Oslo: Public transport services by railways
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
Qualification for Participation in Contests for Passenger Transport on the Norwegian Railway Network
The Railway Directorate invites tenderers to a pre-qualification for participation in contests for passenger transport on the Norwegian railway network. The pre-qualification replaces previous schemes for pre-qualification.
The Railway Directorate refers to the previous qualification — https://eu.eu-supply.com/app/rfq/transactionprint.asp?TID=176356 Furthermore, reference is made to the prior information notice on Traffic Packages 4 and 5 — https://www.doffin.no/Notice/Details/2019-310591 In order to participate in future contests on passenger transport on railways, all tenderers must be pre-qualified under this scheme.
The Railway Directorate welcomes all previous and new tenderers to the pre-qualification.
The Government and a majority in the Norwegian Parliament have decided that there is to be competitive tendering for passenger train services. This is an important part of the Government's railway reform. A sector exposed to competition will ensure that the government procures train services at the correct price and can contribute to a better offer and higher quality for passengers.
There will be a gradual introduction of competition for passenger train services, which, in the end, will apply to all lines. So far, the Railway Directorate has held competitions for traffic packages 1 South, 2 North and 3 West. See https://www.jernbanedirektoratet.no/no/togkonkurranse/ for further information on the completed and future competitions. The plan is to divide the market into a total of 5 to 6 packages, with a division that allows the train operators to have general market responsibility for their stretch/region. There will mainly be competitions for a monopoly to operate publicly procured passenger rail services on defined stretches.
The Railway Directorate is the contracting authority and is responsible for holding the competitions. The Railway Directorate has been operative since 1.1.2017.
The train companies that have been awarded a contract for traffic packages 1, 2 and 3 are obliged to hire trains from Norske tog. Furthermore, there is an obligation to use the sales and ticketing systems from Entur. The system is built up of required modules and ensures simplicity for the customer. In future the system can be built up by each individual operator. The train companies will be able to choose who they would like to use to maintain the trains. Net contracts with appropriate risk division will mainly be used. Gross contracts will be considered where it is appropriate. The contracting authority can negotiate contracts with local public transport companies, which are to be attached to the tender documentation and which can be further developed in the contract period.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
See the tender documentation.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
The Railway Directorate refers to the previous qualification — https://eu.eu-supply.com/app/rfq/transactionprint.asp?TID=176356 Furthermore, reference is made to the prior information notice on Traffic Packages 4 and 5 —https://www.doffin.no/Notice/Details/2019-310591 In order to participate in future contests on passenger transport on railways, all tenderers must be pre-qualified under this scheme.
See the tender documentation/award of contract letter.