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Crossrail postpones rolling stock tenders because of government review

Crossrail has today confirmed that it will defer tendering for rolling stock because of a government review of public procurement.

It said the contract award for the about 60 new trains was not required until 2014, so the issuing of tender documents could be deferred until 2012 to enable conclusions of the review to be taken into account.

Crossrail had previously indicated that the tender would be issued in late 2011 with contract award in late 2013.

The review of public procurement is examining whether the UK is making best use of the application of EU procurement rules and whether the government can place more of an emphasis on the UK’s interests. The government also last month established a task force to scrutinise the effects of the decision in June to award the Thameslink rolling stock contract to Siemens, and proposed job cuts at Bombardier.


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