Crossrail procurement process 'may have to start again'

Published on Tuesday, 06 December 2011 10:17
Posted by Scott Buckler

The process by which trains are purchased for the new Crossrail transport project across London could have to be restarted

According to the Independent, the decision on whether the vehicles will be funded through a private finance initiative (PFI) or from the public purse will be made after Christmas.

However, the news source has stated that if ministers take a decision to use taxpayers' money, even partially, for Crossrail, the tender process for the trains is likely to be started again.

Bidding for the £1 billion contract for the engines was deferred in August this year and it is hoped that it will be restarted in the new year, with a source close to Crossrail stating the delay is unlikely to affect a 2018 completion deadline.

A decision is being taken on the process by the Department for Transport and Transport for London, with the review believed to have been a response to the decision to give the contract for Thameslink trains to German engineering giant Siemens rather than Bombardier, which produces vehicles in the UK.

Once it is finished, the Crossrail route will bisect London from east to west, connecting a total of 37 stations.

 

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