The four shortlisted organisations are:
- Bombardier Transportation (UK) Limited
- Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles SA (CAF)
- Hitachi Rail Europe Limited
- 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 1500 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 interconnecting 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
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 £1 billion – 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 ten per cent, delivering new journey opportunities, faster journey times and up to 24 trains per hour between Paddington and Whitechapel during the peak.Key technical aspects of the trains
- Maximum length – 205 metres
- Top speed – 145kph (90mph)
- Acceleration – up to 1m/s² (comparable to metro trains)
- Power supply – 25kV AC from the overhead line, with potential to convert to third-rail capability
- Signalling systems:
- Automatic Train Operation in the central tunnel section
- ETCS signal protection provision for surface running
- Compatibility with ‘legacy’ train-protection systems until ETCS is fully installed on the national network
- Full air-conditioning for passengers and drivers
- Evolutionary, not revolutionary technology for utmost reliability from day one
- Strict requirements for weight and suspension design to minimise wear-and-tear on the track
- Each train will have a 350 tonne upper weight limit (unladen)
- Energy-saving features including regenerative braking, real-time on-board energy metering and ‘intelligent control’ of heating and cooling systems
- Energy efficiency of 24kWh per train kilometre (equivalent of 55g CO2 per passenger kilometre)
- Compliance with the latest international safety standards for trains running in tunnels
- Continuous updating of passenger journey information
- Integration with platform screen doors at the central section stations.