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Journey planning is an integral aspect of the commercial digital offering. It is at the core of wider passenger information including the customer contact centre; the Translink app; and real time information provision. Customers currently visit the ...

Voluntary ex ante transparency notice

Services

Directive 2014/25/EU

Section I: Contracting authority/entity

I.1)Name and addresses
Translink
Milewater Road
Belfast
BT3 9BG
United Kingdom
E-mail:
NUTS code: UK

Internet address(es):

Main address: https://etendersni.gov.uk/epps

Address of the buyer profile: https://etendersni.gov.uk/epps

I.6)Main activity
Urban railway, tramway, trolleybus or bus services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement
II.1.1)Title:

Journey planner and passenger information platform.

II.1.2)Main CPV code
48813000
II.1.3)Type of contract
Services
II.1.4)Short description:

Journey planning is an integral aspect of the commercial digital offering. It is at the core of wider passenger information including the customer contact centre; the Translink app; and real time information provision. Customers currently visit the website or use the app to plan journeys; check fares; and can only buy a limited range of tickets.

II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.7)Total value of the procurement (excluding VAT)
Value excluding VAT: 705 000.00 GBP
II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UKN
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Passenger information software system.

II.2.5)Award criteria
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Negotiated procedure without prior call for competition
  • The works, supplies or services can be provided only by a particular economic operator for the following reason:
    • absence of competition for technical reasons
Explanation:

The implementation of the Future Ticketing System has a go live date of August 2018 in line with the introduction of Belfast Rapid Transport. The Ticketing Project, primarily IT based, is complex and has a significant degree of risk. The introduction of a new journey planning system in parallel would create significant additional technical risk, as there would not be a stable developed platform with which to integrate the Future Ticketing System. The maintenance of the current journey planner platform for this time period can only be carried out by the original provider.

IV.1.3)Information about framework agreement
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: no
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

Section V: Award of contract/concession

V.2)Award of contract/concession
V.2.1)Date of conclusion of the contract/concession award decision:
16/11/2016
V.2.2)Information about tenders
The contract has been awarded to a group of economic operators: no
V.2.3)Name and address of the contractor/concessionaire
Mentz Datenverarbeitung GmbH
Munich
Germany
NUTS code: DEZ
The contractor/concessionaire will be an SME: yes
V.2.4)Information on value of the contract/lot/concession (excluding VAT)
Total value of the contract/lot/concession: 705 000.00 GBP
V.2.5)Information about subcontracting

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:

The Translink Group intend to start this contract 1.1.2018. A 10 day standstill period will commence on publication of this VEAT notice. Following the 10 day standstill period Translink intend on entering into a Contract and will publish a Contract Award Notice.

VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
High Court Northern Ireland
Belfast
United Kingdom
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

The Translink Group will incorporate a standstill period on publication of VEAT notice. The standstill period, which will be for a minimum of 10 calendar days, provides time to challenge the direct award decision before the contract is entered into. The Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016 provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by a breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland).

VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:
07/12/2016