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11/03/2014    S49    Services - Prior information notice without call for competition - Direct award 

United Kingdom-London: Public transport services by railways

2014/S 049-080671

Prior information notice for public service contract

Standard form for notification pursuant to Article 7(2) of Regulation 1370/2007 to be published one year prior to the launch of the invitation to tender procedure or direct award in the Supplement to the Official Journal of the European Union.

Regulation (EC) No 1370/2007

Section I: Competent authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Official name: Department for Transport
Postal address: Great Minster House, 33 Horseferry Road
Town: London
Postal code: SW1P 4DR
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: Rail Franchising Directorate
For the attention of: Dale Ward

Further information can be obtained from:
The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the competent authority
Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local sub-divisions
I.3)Main activity
Other: Transport
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other competent authorities
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract:
Contract for Great Western 2 rail services.
II.1.2)Type of contract, area(s) covered by the Public Transport Service
Service category No T-01: Rail transport services
Areas covered by the public transport servicesMain site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: London Paddington to the Midlands, Cotswolds, South Wales and West of England, the South Coast, Devon and Cornwall and Gatwick airport.


II.1.3)Short description of the contract
Contract for provision of long distance, commuter, regional and branch line train services from London Paddington to the Midlands, Cotswolds, South Wales and West of England, the South Coast, Devon and Cornwall and Gatwick airport. The franchise serves the key locations of London, Reading, Bristol, Cardiff, Swansea, Exeter, Plymouth, Penzance, Southampton, Portsmouth, Brighton, Newbury, Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester amongst over 270 stations, approximately 208 of which are managed by the Franchisee.
The Franchisee operates approximately 9 000 services each week. These services would be similar to those currently operated by First Great Western (FGW), which is a subsidiary of First Group. It is anticipated that the contract may include an alliance arrangement between FGW and Network Rail.

The rail franchise schedule announced in March 2013 anticipated that for the Great Western franchise there would be a franchise period of two years and ten months procured by direct award. In line with this, an initial direct award of 23 months has been procured and was announced on 3.10.2013 ( At this time it was also announced that a further, second direct award would be negotiated.

Accordingly, a second direct award is now being planned to further facilitate the effective administration of a sustainable and well-resourced programme of franchise competitions, in line with the section 26 policy published in March 2013.
Consideration is being given to whether a longer, second direct award of up to five years would create better overall value and facilitate wider government rail projects. We will engage with the supply chain to explore the viability and any advantages to a longer Direct Award.
For the avoidance of doubt, please note that section II.3 (Expected start and duration of the contract or time-limit for completion) of this PIN Notice ought to be read in conjunction with this section II.1.3.
II.1.4)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)


II.1.5)Information about subcontracting
Subcontracting is envisaged: no
II.2)Quantity and/or value of services:
II.3)Expected start and duration of the contract or time-limit for completion
Starting: 20.9.2015
Duration in months: 60 (from the award of the contract)
II.4)Short description of nature and scope of works

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
for railway transport (art. 5(6) of 1370/2007)
IV.2)Award criteria
IV.2.1)Award criteria
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number:
IV.3.2)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents
IV.3.3)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
IV.3.4)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up
IV.3.5)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.6)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Additional information:
VI.2)Procedures for appeal
VI.2.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.2.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.2.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained
VI.3)Award notification:
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice: