United Kingdom - Maidstone: Public road transport services

Organisation text: 
Kent County Council
Main activities: 
General public services
NUTS Code: 
Contract award notice
Type of contract: 
Bid type: 
Not applicable
Awarding procedure: 
Open procedure
Award criteria: 
The most economic tender
Friday, December 16, 2016
Tender cycle: 
Tender ID: 
2016/S 243-444600

Contract award notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority


Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Kent County Council
County Hall
For the attention of: Mrs Sue Dartnall
ME14 1XQ Maidstone
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 3000410145
E-mail: procurement.TW@kent.gov.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://www.kent.gov.uk

Address of the buyer profile: www.kentbusinessportal.org.uk

Electronic access to information: www.kentbusinessportal.org.uk


Type of the contracting authority
Regional or local authority


Main activity
General public services


Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II: Object of the contract




Title attributed to the contract
SS15100: Kings Hill Connect Bus Service (X1 and X2) — new express Kings Hill to Maidstone bus route services.


Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 2: Land transport services [2], including armoured car services, and courier services, except transport of mail

NUTS code UKJ42


Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)


Short description of the contract or purchase(s)
Kent County Council (the Council) is the largest local authority in England covering an area of 3 500 square kilometres. It has an annual expenditure of over 1 000 000 000 GBP on goods and services and a population of 1 300 000. The Council provides a wide range of personal and strategic services on behalf of its residents, operating in partnership with 12 district councils and 289 parish/town councils.

This is a Contract Award Notice for the operation of a subsidised bus service numbered X1 / X2 (branded Kings Hill Connect) that will provide improved links between Kings Hill and Maidstone Town Centre.

The ‘X1' bus will be an express service from Kings Hill to Maidstone, via West Malling Station. The linked “X2' route will run between Kings Hill and West Malling station, giving a speedier and more frequent service in this area and acting as a replacement for an existing rail link service, 123. The service will have a 3 peak vehicle requirement and will provide an overall frequency of 2 buses per hour.

The vehicles to be used will be provided by the Council. They are high capacity single deck Volvo B7 vehicles that have been fully refurbished. The vehicles will be fully branded as described above. It is anticipated that as part of mobilisation, arrangements will be made for the successful Contractor to inspect these vehicles.

In keeping with the intention to provide a high service standard, branding will also be applied to all related publicity and a program of infrastructure improvement is also being progressed.

This Contract is to be established as a ”revenue guarantee" contract with all revenue taken by the Contractor (inclusive of cash revenue and reimbursement in lieu of concessionary travel passes) being returned to the Council through an established mechanism.

This Contract is anticipated to commence upon 6.2.2017 and will continue for a period of 4 years (48 months) with an option to extend up to a further period of 1 year (12 months) unless terminated in accordance with the Conditions of Contract on the Kent Business Portal. Should all possible extensions be taken, the total potential contract term is 5 years (60 months).


Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

60112000, 60130000, 60140000, 60172000


Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes


Total final value of contract(s)


Total final value of contract(s)
Value: 1 631 334 GBP
Excluding VAT

Section IV: Procedure


Type of procedure


Type of procedure


Award criteria


Award criteria
The most economically advantageous tender in terms of
1. Core requirements. Weighting 0
2. Whole life costs. Weighting 100


Information about electronic auction
An electronic auction has been used: no


Administrative information


File reference number attributed by the contracting authority


Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

Contract notice

Notice number in the OJEU: 2016/S 158-286755 of 18.8.2016

Section V: Award of contract

Contract No: SS15100


Date of contract award decision:


Information about offers
Number of offers received: 7
Number of offers received by electronic means: 7


Name and address of economic operator in favour of whom the contract award decision has been taken

Arriva Kent and Surrey Ltd
Invicta House, Armstrong Road
ME15 6TX Maidstone
United Kingdom


Information on value of contract
Initial estimated total value of the contract:
Value: 0 GBP
Excluding VAT
Total final value of the contract:
Value: 1 631 334 GBP
Excluding VAT
If annual or monthly value:
Number of years: 0


Information about subcontracting

Section VI: Complementary information


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


Additional information:
The initial contract term is for a period of 4 years (48 months) with an option to extend up to a further period of 1 year (12 months). Should all possible extensions be taken, the total potential contract term is 5 years (60 months). The initial 4 year term estimated contract value is 1 292 019 GBP, the contract value will increase accordingly to 1 631 334 GBP if the extension period is taken.


Procedures for appeal


Body responsible for appeal procedures


Lodging of appeals


Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained


Date of dispatch of this notice:
Low Value Tender: