Description of the goods or services required
Intelligent Transportation Systems (2020/262) Market Sounding
Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has recently undertaken a consultation on a proposed bus franchising scheme in accordance with section 123E of the Transport Act 2000 (as amended by the Bus Services Act 2017) and is currently in the process of considering the impact of COVID-19 upon the underlying assumptions within the franchising scheme assessment. You can read the consultation documents and TfGM’s report detailing its response to the consultation on GMCA’s website
The purpose of this market engagement exercise is to enable TfGM to gain a better understanding of the capabilities of the market and available technology that could support a potential reformed bus market in Greater Manchester (should any decision be taken to make the proposed franchising scheme). This knowledge will assist TfGM in planning any future specifications that may be required. In particular, TfGM would like to engage with suppliers regarding:
Lot 1) Network Planning & Design;
Lot 2) Electronic Ticketing Machines (ETM) & Performance/ Operation Monitoring, including Audio Visual Announcements (AVA) and Blinds;
Lot 3) Driver Communication and Radio;
Lot 4) Operator Payment Calculator; and
5) On-Bus CCTV.
Suppliers can engage with TfGM regarding specific items within the above list, or generally across all themes.
Suppliers should note that this market engagement does not constitute a call-for competition, and a decision whether or not to make the proposed franchising scheme has not been made. The purpose of this market engagement is solely to engage the market to understand current capabilities.
If you would like to engage with TfGM on any of the above Lots, please email procurement@TfGM.com, with ‘Market Sounding’ and the Lot number in the email title. TfGM will then email a non-disclosure agreement for signature. Following return of this, TfGM will then provide access to a Request for Information document, which provides background information and a questionnaire for submission by 5pm on 29 September 2020.