Welsh Government tenders £700m South Wales Metro framework


The Welsh Government is seeking specialist civil contractors for a £700m framework for rail works - including capital works for the South Wales Metro.

Engineering design, construction and maintenance services are covered by the contract including implementation of the South Wales Metro – the new transport system that aims to transform around the Cardiff Capital Region using trains, buses and light rail.

The framework, which is being advertised by Transport for Wales (TfW), has an estimated value of £700m and is for two years, with an option to extend it for up to two periods of 12 months each.

The scope of other call-offs from the framework may include:

  • design and implementation of enhancements of the rail network in Wales and its borders with England
  • design and development of transport interchange between rail and other transport modes
  • ancillary works to stations, interchanges, carparks, roads and paths and other general construction work associated with rail enhancement/maintenance.

The tender notice states that services procured through the framework, particularly in relation to the implementation of the South Wales Metro, may be managed by an operator and development partner that is currently being appointed under a separate procurement process.

The notice adds that TfW seeks to support and engage with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) throughout Wales and elsewhere.

It therefore intends to place contracts to a significant extent outside the framework directly through the Sell2Wales website, ‘in particular where the contract value is not specialised and is below the threshold at which advertising in OJEU is required (currently £4,551,513), although specialist rail work of any value may be awarded through the framework’.

TfW also states that it will seek to maximise subcontracting opportunities for SMEs through the framework via subcontracting arrangements.

TfW is a wholly-owned, not-for-profit company that was established to provide support and expertise to the Welsh Government in connection with transport projects in Wales.

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