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Crossrail issues rolling stock and depot tender

By Peter MacLennan

 Crossrail issues rolling stock and depot tender

The four shortlisted bidders for the Crossrail rolling stock and depot procurement were issued with tender documents at Crossrail today. The four shortlisted organisations are:

  • Bombardier Transportation (UK) Limited;

  • Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles SA (CAF);

  • Hitachi Rail Europe Limited; and

  • Siemens plc.

To deliver Crossrail services, around 60 new trains will be required. Each Crossrail train will be around 200 metres in length and able to carry up to 1,500 passengers.

The tender documents set out Crossrail’s requirements for new high-capacity rolling stock and associated depot at Old Oak Common. A key feature of the new Crossrail trains is air conditioning and inter-connecting walk-through carriages. The contract will be awarded in 2014.

Last summer, Crossrail announced that significant savings for the public purse, running into the tens of millions, could be realised by introducing rolling stock to the rail network over a shorter period.
Crossrail will now introduce rolling stock to the Great Eastern Main Line from May 2017, with the fleet progressively introduced to the existing rail network well in advance of services commencing through Crossrail’s central section. 

The procurement is being managed by Crossrail. A pre-determined process will be followed and the tender documents set out the criteria that will be used to select the successful bidder. The overarching aim of the procurement is to obtain the right train at the best price. Tenders are due to be returned to Crossrail during summer 2012. 

Secretary of State for Transport Justine Greening said: “This is an important step in making Crossrail a reality for millions of passengers who will use it every week. Once these 60 trains are operational they will carry an additional 1.5 million people within 45 minutes of the heart of London, help the growth of the UK economy and create opportunities for new apprenticeships and jobs.

“A number of outcomes from the Government’s review of public procurement have been reflected in this procurement, which could bring opportunities to UK businesses. This includes a ‘responsible procurement’ requirement that means bidders will need to set out how they will engage with the wider supply chain and provide opportunities for training, apprenticeships and for small and medium size businesses within their procurement strategy.”

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, said: “Crossrail provides London with a multitude of benefits including a huge economic boost for our city. Thousands of jobs are being created through the construction of the railway, many of which will be through the manufacture of trains and depots. When up and running Crossrail will singlehandedly increase the rail capacity in our great city by a whopping ten per cent and support regeneration across the whole of the capital.”

Andrew Wolstenholme, Crossrail Chief Executive said: “Procurement of the rolling stock and depot is crucial to the overall delivery of Crossrail, which will create a significant transformation of transport in London and the southeast. Over the past year Crossrail has successfully procured some of the largest value contracts in recent UK construction history - creating major employment opportunities and providing a much needed boost to the UK economy. In doing so we have developed a reputation for being an industry leader in procurement built on a commitment to conduct our procurements in a fair, objective and transparent manner and in full compliance with the regulatory framework.”

The Government has been working with Crossrail to ensure that relevant recommendations from the recent Growth Review are reflected in the Crossrail rolling stock and depot procurement.

The procurement process has two rounds. The focus of the first round is for bidders to provide technical proposals and their approach to securing the finance necessary to complete the project. At this point a shortlist of bidders will be invited to participate in the second round which will focus on bidders providing fully funded proposals. At the end of round two a preferred bidder will be selected to conclude the contract.

At the end of each round, only bidders who meet Crossrail’s minimum technical and delivery requirements will be considered with selection based upon the most economically advantageous bids submitted.

The capital cost of new Crossrail rolling stock and depot facilities is in the region of £1bn – this is the largest single contract that Crossrail will let. 

The intention is for the future operation of Crossrail services to be let as a concession by Transport for London (TfL) and therefore the contract for rolling stock and depot will be between the successful bidder and TfL. 

Crossrail will boost London’s rail-based capacity by 10 per cent, delivering new journey opportunities, faster journey times and up to 24 trains per hour between Paddington and Whitechapel during the peak.


Download Rolling Stock Technical Fact Sheet

For further information contact the Crossrail Press Office on 020 3229 9552 or email [email protected]

Enquiries relating to Crossrail rolling stock financing should be directed to Crossrail Sponsors – Transport for London and Department for Transport.

Enquiries relating to the Government’s Growth Review should be directed to the Department for Transport.

Transport for London Press Office – 0845 604 4141

Department for Transport Press Office – 020 7944 3108

Notes to Editors:

The Secretary of State for Transport has today published a Written Ministerial Statement which outlines how relevant recommendations from the procurement strand of the Growth Review are reflected in the Crossrail rolling stock and depot procurement. A copy of this statement is available at:

An OJEU notice for Crossrail rolling stock and depot facilities was published in November 2010. On 30 March 2011, Crossrail confirmed that the following organisations would be invited to tender for Crossrail rolling stock and depot facilities: Alstom Transport; Bombardier Transportation (UK) Limited; Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles SA (CAF); Hitachi Rail Europe Limited; and Siemens plc. 

On 15 July 2011, Alstom Transport withdrew from the Crossrail rolling stock and depot contract shortlist.
Crossrail has received final approval for its detailed plans for a new rolling stock depot at Old Oak Common in west London. Planning approval has been granted by the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham and the Greater London Authority.

Crossrail services will commence through the central tunnelled section in late 2018 followed by a phased introduction of services along the rest of the Crossrail route thereafter.

About Crossrail:

Crossrail will run 118 km from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km tunnels under central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. It will bring an additional 1.5 million people within 45 minutes commuting distance of London's key business districts.

When Crossrail opens it will increase London's rail-based transport network capacity by 10%, supporting regeneration across the capital, helping to secure London's position as a world leading financial centre, and cutting journey times across the city.

Crossrail is being delivered by Crossrail Limited (CRL). CRL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London. Crossrail is jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and Transport for London.