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United Kingdom-Birmingham: Transport systems consultancy services
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
Midlands Connect Specialist Technical Framework
The WMCA and Midlands Connect are seeking to procure a specialist consultancy framework to aid with the delivery of their Technical Programme for 2021 and beyond.
The deadline for clarification questions in relation to this opportunity is 21 December 2020 at 12 p.m., the deadline to respond to the tender opportunity is 18 January 2021 at 12 p.m.
Please note that late submissions will not be accepted.
Multi-disciplinary Transport Planning Services
Under this lot we will commission multi-disciplinary projects spanning aspects such as: modelling, scheme design, options appraisal, prioritisation, etc. There is some cross-over with other lots on the framework, but only where a multi-disciplinary project requires a single team to undertake all tasks. For example, for a scheme business case any required transport modelling will be commissioned under this lot if it sits in a multi-disciplinary project; but stand-alone modelling requirements will be commissioned under other lots.
It is the intention of the WMCA that this framework be accessible to other local authorities in the Midlands area, these are referenced specifically in section VI.3) of this notice.
As this is a framework agreement it is not known at this stage what the aggregate value of spend will be across the various lots.
The framework contract value (GBP 5 000 000) is an estimate of Midlands Connects total spend over 4 years for tendering purposes only. As the framework can be accessed by a number of local authorities, this value may or may not change. Please note that WMCA cannot be held to this figure.
Please also note that we do not guarantee suppliers any work over the lifetime of the framework.
Highway Modelling and Appraisal Support
The suppliers on this lot will provide support to Midlands Connect in the areas of highway modelling and appraisal which are not covered within the scope of the specified transport planning studies. This support can range from undertaking simple post-processing or presentation of model outputs to a more complex task of model rebasing and update.
Rail and Demand Modelling and Appraisal Support
Suppliers will provide support to Midlands Connect in modelling and appraising the impact of proposed changes in rail infrastructure and service provision.
The expectation is that suppliers on this lot will be familiar with a variety of rail (and public transport) modelling techniques and software and will be able to apply these tools, as appropriate, both in the context of the development of specific business cases and the testing of broader options around strategic connectivity.
Technology and Innovation
Midlands Connect wishes to appoint suitably skilled and innovative partners to a framework that supports the delivery of our exciting technology and innovation program. Appointed supplier(s) work will be focused on providing strategic and technical advice on the development and application of transport technologies including (but not limited to):
1) Smart Ticketing (like ITSO and Contactless),
2) Mobility as a Service (MaaS),
3) Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV),
4) Internet of Things (IoT),
5) 5G and Associated Technologies,
6) Intelligent Transport Systems,
7) Digital Railway,
8) Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure,
9) Alternative Fuel Technologies,
10) Open Data and Standards.
Wider Economic Appraisal and Research
Suppliers on this lot will support Midlands Connect deliver an enhanced evidence base on the economic and social impacts of transport investment and policy options. It is intended that the outputs of this lot will move beyond the standard wider economic impacts specified by DfT’s TAG methodology generally forecast in the WITA software, whilst maintaining high standards of evidence based economic methodologies and robustness
Advisory Services in Niche Specialisms
Lot 6 is aimed at small value commissions across a number of topics where we may need to seek stand alone, niche specialist advice and support.
The specialisms on this lot are:
1) alternative fuel technology and infrastructure solutions; including electric vehicle charging;
2) land use modelling;
3) environmental assessment, including aspects such as:
— natural capital,
— carbon quantification,
— nature, biodiversity and ecology advice;
4) freight and logistics planning;
5) ‘Big data’ analysis and presentation;
6) funding and finance for transport infrastructure; including aspects such as:
— green financing,
— land value capture;
7) intelligent transport systems; including aspects such as:
— future mobility solutions,
— market analysis,
— legislative frameworks for new technology,
— highway efficiency technology;
8) rail capital cost assurance;
9) rail network performance modelling;
10) rail/light rail regulation and planning advice;
11) smart payment mechanisms; including aspects such as:
— Mobility as a Service solutions;
12) economics advice; including aspects such as:
— advice on transport appraisal and impact assessment,
— wider economic benefits,
— economic forecasting,
— peer review of economic analysis;
13) transport and health; including aspects such as:
— health impacts of transport mode shift, including active travel,
— relationship between the health impacts of transport and economic outcomes.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Section IV: Procedure
West Midlands Combined Authority or more likely remotely due to Covid-19.
Once the deadline to response has passed, submissions will be opened by the WMCA Procurement Team. The qualification envelope will be assessed first, those suppliers that pass will then go on to have their Technical and Commercial submissions evaluated in line with the published criteria.
Section VI: Complementary information
To express an interest in this opportunity, please register on https://wmca.bravosolution.co.uk and express an interest in:
Project_399: Midlands connect specialist technical framework
ITT: itt_868 — Mandatory/Minimum Requirements ITT;
ITT: itt_876 — Lot 1: Multi-Disciplinary Transport Planning Services;
ITT: itt_877 — Lot 2: Highways Modelling and Appraisal;
ITT: itt_878 — Lot 3: Rail and Demand Modelling and Appraisal;
ITT: itt_879 — Lot 4: Technology and Innovation;
ITT: itt_880 — Lot 5: Wider Economic Appraisal and Research;
ITT: itt_883 — Lot 6: Advisory Services in Niche Specialisms.
Local authorities in the Midlands who can access this Framework are:
— Birmingham City Council,
— Coventry City Council,
— Derby City Council,
— Derbyshire County Council,
— Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council,
— Herefordshire Council,
— Leicester City Council,
— Leicestershire County Council,
— Lincolnshire County Council,
— Nottingham City Council,
— Nottinghamshire County Council,
— Rutland County Council,
— Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council,
— Shropshire Council,
— Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council,
— Staffordshire County Council,
— City of Stoke on Trent Council,
— Telford and Wrekin Council,
— Walsall Council,
— Warwickshire County Council,
— City of Wolverhampton Council,
— Worcestershire County Council,
— Transport for the West Midlands.
WMCA will observe a Standstill Period following the award of the contract and conduct itself in respect of any review procedure in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.