Five companies have been shortlisted to build new trains for the Merseyrail concession.
Bombardier, Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF), Mitsui, Siemens and Stadler have made it through to the next stage of the procurement process that began last October.
“We are extremely pleased that our project has attracted the interest of leading names in the industry,” said Merseytravel Chairman Liam Robinson.
“Now we want the bidders to use their expertise to help shape our vision, demonstrating innovation and a real understanding of the importance of the network to the Liverpool City Region.
“As part of the process we’ll be interested in how the bidders may be able to tap into the local labour market and make the most of UK-based opportunities.”
Tender documents will be released on January 22, with bids due back by the end of April. A preferred bidder is expected to be named towards the end of the year. At that point the city region leaders will be asked to commit to the deal through the Combined Authority.
- For more on this, read RAIL 792, published on January 20.