The procurement process completed by the Department for Transport which led to the selection of Siemens rather than Bombardier as the preferred bidder for new Thameslink rolling stock should be independently reviewed by the National Audit Office. The Transport Committee could not evaluate whether the decision to choose Siemens was arrived at correctly because all of the bids were and remain confidential. It is believed that it is in the public interest to have an independent review to evaluate whether this massive contract was awarded correctly on the basis of the criteria in the original invitation to tender. The Transport Committee has therefore written to the Comptroller and Auditor General to request he undertake this work and report to Parliament before summer 2012. There is now widespread agreement that the criteria used in the procurement were too narrowly drawn in excluding socio-economic factors... procurements and has successfully led to many companies with a wide range of credit ratings being involved in providing services to the public sector. ... Hitachi Rail (Europe) withdrew from the competition prior to the ... In April 2009 the Competition Commission produced a report on the rolling stock leasing market.
|Title||:||Thameslink rolling stock procurement|
|Author||:||Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Transport Committee|
|Publisher||:||The Stationery Office - 2011-12-16|