Post by snoggle on Oct 2, 2017 0:00:31 GMT
Have we even got to the point of TfL / LU narrowing down to 2 final bidders? It is virtually impossible, and expensive, to try to keep 4 major bidders in play right up to the point of contract award. LU's procurement and technical people would be run ragged trying to keep 4 bidders in play. I've been on two very large contract LU evaluation teams so do speak from some experience. The only possible reason to do so is if the technical solutions are all extremely good / highly compliant and prices are very close and TfL is willing to split orders between suppliers. I struggle to see how that could possibly be the case even recognising this is a potentially enormous, and lucrative, overall contract for the supplier(s).
I take the point in another post that not everything is in the public domain but the entire TfL capital investment programme reporting has been appalling for months. The number of quarterly investment reports issued has been much reduced and the content is less than in Boris's day and TfL were hardly a beacon of transparency then. Very little has been said about any prospective large scale projects like the remaining LU line upgrades. I've seen this before many times as an insider. It means those initiatives are subject to significant review in order to amend scope, get costs down to live within reduced budgets. It is also true for other parts of TfL such as IM, Surface Transport etc. I hope we will see some improved reporting in the near future and news about the Picc, Jub and Northern upgrades but I ain't holding my breath.