Crossrail Rolling Stock PIN Posted


The Periodic Indicative Notice (PIN) for Crossrail’s rolling stock contract has now been posted. This is effectively a “heads up” to those likely to be interested in tendering for the rolling stock contract, which the PIN indicates is likely to go out to the OJEU in early 2011.

Although (obviously) the PIN doesn’t go into much detail, it does provide some interesting background on the rolling stock side of things (including the anticipated fleet make-up). The pertinent sections are quoted below, and you can find the full document here.

Crossrail will connect the City, Canary Wharf, the West End and Heathrow Airport to commuter areas east and west of London. The services include the design, manufacture, testing, commissioning and introduction of a fleet of new main electric commuter passenger trains, design and construction of a new maintenance depot and associated equipment together with the maintenance of these and all ancillary requirements necessary to provide a specified level of services over a long-term service period.

The contractor will also be required to provide all necessary finance.


The scope includes:

(a) Design, manufacture, testing, commissioning and delivery of adequate trains to meet service levels of approximately 57 peak hour diagrams (to be specified in the invitation to negotiate). (At present the contract is expected to require approximately 63 x 200 metre trains however this may change subject to (i) finalisation of operational requirements and (ii) tenderers’ responses to the specification documents). The scope also includes spares, special tools and simulators. The extent to which signalling equipment and its integration with the trains is to be included in the contract remains to be finalised.

(b) Design and construction of a maintenance and operations depot and associated facilities on a site to be provided by the Contracting Entity at Old Oak Common.

(c) Provision of maintenance services as necessary to meet specified availability and reliability levels over the life of the contract (anticipated to be up to 30 – 35

(d) Arranging finance as required to fund (a) to (c) above with repayment via performance linked payments over the services period. Further information will be provided in the invitation to negotiate. The Contracting Entity reserves the right to: (a) run a separate funding competition and / or (b) to directly finance the services.

Written by John Bull
John Bull is the Editor of London Reconnections. A transport journalist and historian, his writing often focuses on the political or strategic challenges facing London's transport network and beyond.