Supplies - 437530-2018

06/10/2018    S193

United Kingdom-London: Railway traffic control software package

2018/S 193-437530

Voluntary ex ante transparency notice


Legal Basis:
Directive 2014/25/EU

Section I: Contracting authority/entity

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd
Postal address: 1 Eversholt Street, London
Town: London
Postal code: NW1 2DN
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: Patrick Benjuya
Telephone: +44 7515621206
Internet address(es):
Main address:
Address of the buyer profile:
I.6)Main activity
Railway services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

South East Traffic Management

Reference number: SE/TM/PB/2/9/18
II.1.2)Main CPV code
48140000 Railway traffic control software package
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

In order to deliver increased functionality in the management of train control in the South East area, Network Rail aims to deploy a Traffic Management (TM) system on the Sussex areas of the South East Route and on the East London Line to improve train performance (PPM, reliability, recovery from service perturbations, future proofing the technology used).

This is proposed to be achieved through a direct contract award to Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd for the extension of the existing Thameslink Traffic Management System deployment.

II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.7)Total value of the procurement (excluding VAT) (Agree to publish? yes)
Value excluding VAT: 30 000 000.00 GBP
II.2.3)Place of performance
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

There are 6 geographically isolated areas (including the East London Line) covered in South East Traffic Management scheme that are small standalone sections that directly interface with the existing Thameslink Traffic Management/control area currently under contract with Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd. Adding a different TM solution within the South East Route to cover these areas would result in the introduction of multiple operational fringe/technical edge case issues that could potentially cause significant additional degradation to PPM, significant additional workload and introduction of additional potential for error in route wide train service management. This is due to service managers operating across multiple systems simultaneously and sub-optimal cross-TM system journey planning as only a limited part of the overall journeys occur in the area covered by the additional TM system.

II.2.5)Award criteria
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: no
II.2.14)Additional information

This is proposed to be achieved through a direct contract award to Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd for the extension of the existing Thameslink Traffic Management System deployment.

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Negotiated procedure without prior call for competition
  • Additional deliveries by the original supplier ordered under the strict conditions stated in the directive

Network Rail requires improvements in performance and capacity that the deployment of a Traffic Management system is expected to achieve. The procurement represents additional supplies which is an extension to the boundary and functionality of the TM system currently being deployed by Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd for the Thameslink Programme. The TM system solution for the South East Route and the East London Line areas must be compatible with the signalling system as interface management is critical for safety and performance considerations. To obtain the software and associated application Programme for regulating algorithms from a supplier other than the current incumbent who originally supplied, installed and configured the system would result in network Rail purchasing supplies with different technical characteristics. Purchasing alternative systems and software would mean that the current technology platform delivered by Hitachi would then need to interface with a different traffic management system requiring modifications to the Hitachi platform, generating system integration and/or compatibility risks in terms of safety and performance as well as additional cost and timescale risks to Network Rail. In addition, if a different traffic management system was deployed, the maintenance and support for each of the differing systems would be carried out by different parties which would create difficulties in effectively supporting and maintaining each technology platform as a whole, including interface responsibility, a single point of accountability and liability. Network Rail therefore considers that a change in supplier in relation to the TM system and software would oblige Network Rail to purchase supplies with different technical characteristics which would result in incompatibility and/or disproportionate technical difficulties in the operation and maintenance of the different Traffic Management platforms.

IV.1.3)Information about framework agreement
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: no
IV.2)Administrative information

Section V: Award of contract/concession

V.2)Award of contract/concession
V.2.1)Date of contract award decision:
V.2.2)Information about tenders
The contract has been awarded to a group of economic operators: no
V.2.3)Name and address of the contractor/concessionaire
Official name: Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd
Town: London
Country: United Kingdom
Internet address:
The contractor/concessionaire will be an SME: no
V.2.4)Information on value of the contract/lot/concession (excluding VAT) (Agree to publish? yes)
Initial estimated total value of the contract/lot/concession: 30 000 000.00 GBP
Total value of the contract/lot/concession: 30 000 000.00 GBP
V.2.5)Information about subcontracting

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
Official name: The High Court Rolls Building, 7 Rolls Building, Fetter Lane, London EC4A 1NL
Town: London
Postal code: EC4A 1NL
Country: United Kingdom
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: