On the 18th of December the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) released a statement regarding the, “ Procurement Process for a Provision of Additional Rolling Stock and Depot Enhancements for use in respect of the Gautrain Rapid Rail Link.”
Three bidders were pre-qualified for the additional rolling stock, following the initial procurement process, in 2016, they were: Bombardier Transport (Pty) Ltd, CRRC E-Loco (Supply) Ltd and the Egoli Rail Consortium.
However, following the final submission of proposals in October 2018 -and evaluation by teams of legal, technical, financial and economic development experts in early December, the outcome is; that no compliant bid was received. And, therefore, no preferred bidder will be appointed.
The Bombela Concession Company and Gautrain Management Agency will examine alternative options for delivering the additional capacity for the Gautrain.
Gautrain Management Agency Chief Operating Officer, William Dachs, comments – “The need for additional rolling stock to relive the congestion experienced particularly in peak periods remains and the GMA and the Bombela Concession Company is exploring options for obtaining additional train sets. At this stage the method and timing of procurement is not known and the GMA and BCC will have further details on a way forward by mid-February 2019.”
Over and above the need to meet the requirements of congested peak times, Gautrain is also facing pressure in terms of the patronage guarantees and reduced ridership.
Reduced numbers can probably be attributed to various extended industrial action last year where, either the train or the buses where not operational. In addition to the issues of metered taxis and Uber drivers playing havoc on first and last mile connections to the system.