Crossrail has announced it will begin procurement of a fleet of 60 new trains, as well as a new depot in West London, at the end of this year.
The contract up for grabs will cover the design, manufacture, testing, commissioning and introduction of the new main electric commuter passenger trains and the design and construction of a new maintenance depot at Old Oak Common.
The successful firm will also be expected to carry out maintenance on the trains for between 30 and 35 years as well as providing the finance for the new trains, with repayment through a performance linked system over the life of the contract.
An invitation to negotiate will be issued to contractors in the first quarter of 2011.
A Crossrail spokesperson said: “Crossrail has published a Periodic Information Notice in the Official Journal of the European Union advising of its intention to commence the early stages of a tendering process for the supply of rolling stock and depot services later this year.
“Rolling stock deployed on the Crossrail route is likely to be based upon trains developed for deployment on other railways. A new train will not be developed solely from scratch as this would not deliver good value for money. Further details about the procurement timetable will be made available in due course.”