Update on appeal against Flexity procurement
filed on: 01.06.2016 (1st Jun 2016)
More details have emerged on the appeals against VBZ's Flexity order. The Siemens trams would have cost 3.56 million CHF each whereas the winning Bombardier tram came in at 4.28 million. However, the decison is based 50 percent on price and 50 percent on quality and VBZ has responded that the quality proposed by Siemens was indeed inferior. An interesting side note here was that Siemens was proposing an aluminium construction (which would have come in lighter, but which apparently was judged a negative criterium - remember Combino?). Siemens it appears is seeking more detailed reasons on why its proposal was disliked.
With Siemens scoring second place, their hopes of overturning the decison are understandable. This is less so for Stadler, who came fourth behind CAF. Maybe Stadler would have wished for a new tendering process to be started giving the company better chances, with the long time period over which the various delays have stretched the procurement being accompanied by changes in the market.
This news item is from the 2016 newslog.
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