Crossrail has shortlisted four firms to supply the 60 trains and associated depot at Old Oak Common needed to carry passengers on the £14.8bn railway
The £1bn contract will be the biggest single contract let on the project. Shortlisted are UK train builder Bombardier Transportation, Spain’s Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles, Hitachi Rail Europe and German firm Siemens.
Each Crossrail train needs to be around 200m long and be able to carry up to 1,500 passengers. A key feature of the new Crossrail trains is air conditioning and inter-connecting walk-through carriages. Tenders are due in this summer and the contract will be awarded in 2014.
Just one shortlisted firm is British, but transport secretary Justine Greening said all bidders would have to set out how they would support British 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,” she said.
The rolling stock will first be introduced 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.