Services - 304484-2018

14/07/2018    S134

Belgium-Boussu: Support to the European Commission in the deployment of ERTMS on Core and Comprehensive Networks: On-Board and Infrastructure deployment strategies

2018/S 134-304484

Contract notice


Legal Basis:
Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: European Commission
Town: Boussu
NUTS code: BE100 Arr. de Bruxelles-Capitale / Arr. van Brussel-Hoofdstad
Postal code: 1000 BE1
Country: Belgium
Contact person: Ian Conlon
Internet address(es):
Main address:
The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at:
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the following address:
Official name: Ian Conlon
Postal address: Rue De Mot 28
Town: Boussu
Postal code: 1000
Country: Belgium
Contact person: Ian Conlon
NUTS code: BE100 Arr. de Bruxelles-Capitale / Arr. van Brussel-Hoofdstad
Internet address(es):
Main address:
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
European institution/agency or international organisation
I.5)Main activity
Other activity: Transport

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

Support to the European Commission in the deployment of ERTMS on Core and Comprehensive Networks: On-Board and Infrastructure deployment strategies

II.1.2)Main CPV code
60210000 Public transport services by railways
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

The general objective of this study is to support interoperability and the deployment of ERTMS through analysing the necessary steps to achieve a simpler on-board CCS configuration from an operator perspective, reducing cost and complexity of upgrade, retrofit and maintenance.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
Value excluding VAT: 600 000.00 EUR
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: BE100 Arr. de Bruxelles-Capitale / Arr. van Brussel-Hoofdstad
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The specific objectives of the study should be to identify:

— in detail the infrastructure deployment required to achieve ERTMS-only or ERTMS+1 class B systems on 3 relevant networks focused on Core Network / Rail Freight corridors,

— the minimum OBU strategy for operators, keepers, and owners to run on these networks in the period prior to achieving ERTMS-only or ERTMS+1 class B system,

— whether accelerated ERTMS infrastructure deployment compared to current plans makes economic sense,

— technical solutions for the selected ETCS / class b combinations to maximize operational impact,

— the national technical rules on the network that act as impediments to the installation of standard ETCS equipment,

— a testing and authorization strategy for the OBU deployment.

2.3 Tasks

The tasks of the study are as follows:

1) Select 3 relevant networks focussed on Core Network/Rail Freight Corridors, which capture significant freight flows. Such networks should take into account relevant data, for example current and predicted locomotive configuration sale data, data on freight flows etc. 1 of these corridors should be based on the Rhine-Alpine Core Network Corridor and Rail Freight Corridor;

2) For the selected networks:

— analyse the current deployment plans for ERTMS

— Make an assessment of the minimum OBU strategies to be developed for existing locomotives or to be developed for the new build locomotives

— Detail the alternative running options, the operator, keeper and owners have when not ordering the retrofit / upgrade or new build locomotives;

— identify the additional infrastructure investments in ERTMS necessary to allow ERTMS-alone or ERTMS plus one class B/STM signalling system running, such that operators would choose, in a commercial context, to operate with such an on-board configuration. Diversionary routes, stations, and last mile infrastructure should be included in this analysis.

The selection of the additional class B system should be determined on the basis of capturing the maximum freight flows in the defined network.

Provide an estimate of the cost and date by which such investment could occur [in consultation with the relevant infrastructure managers];

3) For the selected networks, provide an analysis of the business case for an accelerated deployment with a target date of deployment 3 years earlier than that identified in Task 1;

4) For the selected ETCS/class b combinations analyse the compatibility and interfacing between ETCS and the class B, and propose solutions to technical challenges of these configurations to maximise operational impact, including connecting as an STM;

5) This study shall take appropriate consideration of the national rules relevant for CCS identified by the ERA For the networks chosen, define the existing known rules that impact on the ERTMS on-board design, implementation and use, acting as impediments to the installation of standard ETCS equipment, and prioritise those which are the biggest barriers to deployment;

6) The Study shall identify a testing and authorisation strategy compliant with the IV Railway Package aiming at minimising both costs and time of this component of the process.

II.2.5)Award criteria
Criteria below
Quality criterion - Name: Quality of the methodology / Weighting: 0.7
Quality criterion - Name: Organisation of work and resources / Weighting: 0.25
Quality criterion - Name: Quality control / Weighting: 0.05
Price - Weighting: 0.3
II.2.6)Estimated value
Value excluding VAT: 600 000.00 EUR
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Duration in months: 13
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.2.10)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: yes
Identification of the project:


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
List and brief description of conditions:

The tenderer must have the necessary technical capacity to perform this contract until its end.

Tenderers must additionally comply with the technical and professional capacity criteria stated in the procurement documents.

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.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract
Obligation to indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff assigned to performing the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Open procedure
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
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.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
Date: 27/08/2018
Local time: 16:00
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
Duration in months: 6 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders
Date: 28/08/2018
Local time: 11:00


Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
Official name: General Court of the European Union
Postal address: rue du Fort Niedergrünewald
Town: Luxembourg
Postal code: 2925
Country: Luxembourg
Telephone: +352 4303-1
Fax: +352 4303-2100
Internet address:
VI.4.3)Review procedure
Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

Within 2 months of the notification to the plaintiff, or, in absence thereof, of the day on which it came to the knowledge of the plaintiff. A complaint to the European Ombudsman does not have as an effect either to suspend this period or to open a new period for lodging appeals.

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: