II.2.2) Additional CPV code(s)
II.2.3) Place of performance
II.2.4) Description of the procurement
Highways England is the government company charged with operating, maintaining and improving motorways and major (trunk) roads in England. Highways England’s road network totals around 4 300 miles and is commonly known as the strategic road network.
The Dartford-Thurrock River Crossing is a critical part of the strategic road network in the South East of England. It spans the River Thames between Dartford and Thurrock, approximately 16 miles east of central London, and forms a trunk road link (the A282 Trunk Road) that connects the M25 London Orbital motorway either side of the Thames to create a complete strategic road network around London.
Highways England is procuring (as a procurement agent on behalf of the Secretary of State for Transport, as described in the Highways England framework document Annex C paragraph 2) a second generation free-flow charging service solution for the existing Dartford-Thurrock River Crossing road user charging scheme. A road user charge has been collected at this crossing since 2003 to manage the high demand for its use. Any solution is expected to offer proportionate scalability where systems and operations can deal with alternative charging schemes.
Highways England’s second generation free-flow charging service solution will be contracted through 3 main packages, each under a separate contract notice, and each delivered as a complete end-to-end managed service, including people operations, systems and maintenance. This contract notice is for road user charging services (Package A) as part of the overall free-flow charging service solution, and comprises of vehicle identification, account management, payment processing, and customer services. The other proposed elements of the free-flow charging solution are UK Enforcement Services (Package B) and Non-UK Enforcement Services (Package C). Package B and C are subject to separate contract notices and separate procurement exercises.
The road user charging services contract consists of the following services:
(a) implementation of a new solution and transition of existing data within 18 months of the contract commencement date;
(b) provision and operation of roadside equipment (e.g. ANPR, DSRC) to enable detection and identification of vehicles, including enabling utilities and interfaces to third party systems (e.g. DVLA);
(c) matching of validated vehicle passage records to payments or exemption lists, and (where applicable) identification of contravention candidates;
(d) processing of payments;
(e) provision of account (e.g. standard, business, local resident, exempt) and non-account functionality to enable customers to pay the road user charge;
(f) provision of a suite of contact channels;
(g) provision of a customer support offering for managing communications (e.g. enquiries, complaints, Freedom of Information requests, subject access requests);
(h) provision of financial reconciliation, banking, a payment gateway, and accounting services related to the road user charging scheme;
(i) provision of management information;
(j) provision of lifecycle IT service management;
(k) provision of optional services which are capable of being enacted at a future date, including:
— implementation of the road user charging services solution at Lower Thames Crossing;
— integration of the road user charging services solution with other road user charging schemes (e.g. EETS);
— identification of persistent contravention candidates;
— capability to implement new road user charging models (e.g. dynamic charging, time of day charging, surcharge period);
— integration of the road user charging services solution with connected and autonomous vehicles, and mobility-as-a-service technologies.
II.2.5) Award criteria
Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.7) Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Duration in months: 102
This contract is subject to renewal: Yes
Description of renewals:
The initial contract duration will include an implementation period of up to 18 months and then a further 7 years post the final ‘ATP Milestone Date’ (as defined in Schedule 1 of the draft contract), with Highways England having the option to extend the contract by an aggregate duration of up to an additional 2 years.
II.2.9) Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates:
Highways England will assess the requests to participate in accordance with the invitation to submit requests to participate in order to conclude a shortlist of selected candidates to invite to submit initial tenders.
II.2.10) Information about variants
Variants will be accepted:
II.2.11) Information about options
Description of options:
Economic operators are required to have the capability to enact the optional services as described in II.2.4 and the contract. Highways England makes no commitment as to the extent to which the optional services will be enacted (if at all) or that any other bodies will utilise such arrangements and reserves the right to procure these services through a route other than the contract which is the subject of this contract notice.
This contract shall allow for provision of licences of the software used in the delivery of this contract for use on alternative road user charging schemes by any other central government or local government body in the UK or any other organisation which is a highway authority under the Highways Act 1980 (‘Other Contracting Authorities’). Services associated with use of the software would be separately procured by the other contracting authorities.
II.2.13) Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds:
II.2.14) Additional information
The contract value is expected to be approximately between 90 000 000 GBP and 150 000 000 GBP. These figures are an estimate only and will be dependent upon transactional volumes (e.g. volume of vehicles that are detected), whether an extension (in part or in whole) is enacted, and whether the optional services (in part or in whole) are enacted.