United Kingdom-London: Rolling stock

Organisation text: 
Docklands Light Railway Limited
Main activities: 
Railway services
Periodic indicative notice - utilities
Type of contract: 
Bid type: 
Not applicable
Awarding procedure: 
Not applicable
Award criteria: 
Not applicable
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Tender cycle: 
Tender ID: 
2015/S 81-144582

Directive 2004/17/EC

This notice is a call for competition: no

This notice aims at reducing time-limits for receipt of tenders: no

Section I: Contracting entity

  • I.1) Name, addresses and contact point(s)

    For the attention of: Ke Tran
    Docklands Light Railway Limited
    PO Box 154, Castor Lane, Poplar
    E14 0BL
    Email: ke.tran@dlr.tfl.gov.uk
    Tel: +44 2073639755
    Fax: +44 2073639708

    Internet address(es):

    General address of the contracting entity: www.dlr.co.uk

    Further information can be obtained from:

    The above mentioned contact point(s)

  • I.2) Main activity

    Railway services

  • I.3) Contract award on behalf of other contracting entities

    The contracting entity is purchasing on behalf of other contracting entities: no

Section II: Object of the contract

  • II.1) Title attributed to the contract by the contracting entity:

    DLR Rolling Stock.

  • II.2) Type of contract


  • II.3) Short description of the contract or purchase(s):

    Passenger journeys on the Docklands Light Railway have been increasing by approximately 8 % per annum with 110 000 000 journeys in the year to March 2015. This level of increase is estimated to continue particularly in the Royal Docks area resulting in the need to enhance services and therefore procure additional rolling stock to serve that demand.

    DLR also has a need to consider replacement of its existing 94 B92 vehicles (each 28.8 m long). These LRVs are generally operated as three-car trains (each 86.4 m long).

    As part of DLRL's feasibility and strategic work, and with a view towards reduced journey times, improved ambience and reduced whole life costs DLRL is considering the possibility for a new design of rolling stock with a fixed length of 86.4 m (New Train).

    DLRL has identified the following features to enable the prospective New Train to meet these objectives:

    — fixed formation, walk through train,

    — wide open gangways between carriages,

    — minimized energy consumption,

    — saloon air cooling/heating equipment that does not reduce passenger space,

    — driverless operation,

    — very high reliability.

    A more detailed description can be found in Section VI.2.

    DLRL is seeking technical dialogue with established rolling stock manufacturers to assist it in identifying the optimum technical solution to meet its requirements. Options to be considered will include like for like single unit replacement or (possibly more likely) a single full length train (New Train, 86.4 m). The likely order size could be 40—50 New Trains (equivalent to 120—150 single units).

    For the purposes of this PIN, DLRL wishes to engage only with rolling stock manufacturers who are capable of delivering a complete rolling stock solution in its entirety, rather than manufacturers of component parts. Any entity which is interested in participating in such a dialogue should contact DLRL at the address set out above.

    This is not a stage in a formal competitive process, and it is not the purpose of this dialogue to procure any part of the solution. Rather, the purpose is to provide DLRL with information on what is available and being developed in the marketplace to allow DLRL to develop a strategic solution. Participation in this dialogue is not a prerequisite to, and will not prejudice, participation in any future competitive process.

  • II.4) Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

    34620000, 34622200, 34622400

  • II.5) Scheduled date for start of award procedures and duration of the contract

    Not provided

  • II.6) Estimated cost and main terms of financing

    • II.6.1) Initial estimated cost

      Not provided

    • II.6.2) Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

      Not provided

  • II.7) Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

    Not provided

  • II.8) Additional information:

    Nothing in this PIN constitutes a commitment to award any contract, other agreement, or arrangement to any person or entity.

    The information contained in this PIN (and any supplementary information) has been prepared by DLRL in good faith to assist established rolling-stock manufacturers in understanding the DLR Rolling Stock. It does not purport to be comprehensive, to have been independently verified, or to contain all of the information that a person or entity may require in relation to any future procurement process.

    DLRL reserves the right at any time to issue further instructions, updates or amendments either to the instructions and information contained in this PIN or to anything subsequently provided pursuant to this PIN or any procurement related to the DLR Rolling Stock.

    Neither DLRL, nor any member of the TfL Group (nor their directors, partners, employees, agents or advisers), has any liability or responsibility for the adequacy, accuracy, or completeness of, and makes no representation or warranty (express or implied) with respect to, the information contained in the PIN or with respect to any written or oral information made or to be made available to any person or entity or its professional advisers, and any liability therefore is excluded.

    This notice is for information purposes only, and where required, a separate Contract OJEU Notice will be issued to start any formal pre-qualification process.

Section VI: Complementary information

  • VI.1) Information about European Union funds

    The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no

  • VI.2) Additional information:

    New Train Characteristics:

    — Complete train length — 86.4 m, over coupler faces,

    — Height (static) — 3,515 mm, above rail level Width (static) — 2,650 mm,

    — Floor Height (static) — 1,025 mm,

    — Maximum Laden Axle Load (Static) — 100 kN, or less Maximum Speed — 80 kph,

    — Maximum Acceleration — 1.3 m/s² on level track, from standstill to 20 km/h, over the load range M1 to M3,

    — Full service brake rate — 1.3 m/s² on level track, from 80 km/h to standstill up to M4 load,

    — Maximum Brake Rate (Emergency) — 0.92 m/s² on level track, from 80 km/h to standstill up to M4 load with a worst case single failure in the braking system,

    — Regenerative Braking — Required Track Brakes — Not required,

    — Couple Height — 650 mm, above rail level,

    — Mechanical Coupler — Compatible with Scharfenberg pattern as fitted to existing vehicles Emergency Egress — A means of exiting the end of train to track level,

    — Push Out Capability — Ability for an empty train to push a M3 loaded train up a 6 % gradient,

    — The train will be compatible with Thales Seltrac Signalling System,

    — The train should be have the option to either automatically close the doors in ATO mode or allow the Passenger Service Agent to initiate door closure in ATO mode,

    — Trains will have the facilities to allow the Passenger Service Agent to manually operate the train under the supervision of the Seltrac system (ATP mode),

    — Trains will have the facilities to move manually, independent of the Seltrac system (Emergency Shunt mode),

    — Train will have the facilities to be moved manually, independent of the Seltrac system (Emergency Shunt mode),

    — Ability to transmit CCTV information to control centre in real time,

    — Through Gangway between vehicles.

    Doors – The existing DLR doors are 1,500 mm wide, with four sets per 28 m vehicle. This is equivalent to ~20 % ratio. DLRL would envisage the new train having a ratio of ~30 %, more consistent with Metro style operation

    Passenger Saloon:

    — Real-time Auto-Visual Passenger Information System,

    — CCTV: Internal full coverage of the saloon and External Look Forward,

    — Longitudinal Metro Seating,

    — Air Conditioning,

    — Vehicle health monitor,

    — Doors – The existing DLR doors are 1,500 mm wide, with four sets per 28 m vehicle. This is equivalent to ~ 20 % ratio. DLRL would envisage the new train having a ratio of ~ 30 %, more consistent with Metro style operation

    Infrastructure Characteristics:

    — Track Gauge — 1,435 mm,

    — Minimum Curve Radius — 40 m radius (38 m in Depots),

    — Maximum Gradient — 6 %,

    — Power Supply — 750 volts DC, nominal Operation:


    — The train shall be capable of high levels of reliability. This shall include design features to minimise the risks associated with single point failures.

    — The train shall be fitted with a remote monitoring system to allow the Control Centre to monitor the safe, reliable operation of the train in service, in real time, and provide assistance to the on-train Passenger Service Assistant in the event of a problem.

    Standards & Assurance:

    — The train shall comply with British and European Legislation,

    — The train shall comply with the relevant British & European Standards, including compliance with BS-EN45545 for Fire Compliance,

    — RVAR 2010 Compliant,

    — Assurance shall be accordance with the requirements of ROGS.

  • VI.3) Estimated total value of supplies or services contract(s)

    Not provided

  • VI.4) Date of dispatch of this notice:


Low Value Tender: