Wednesday, 10 November 2010

IEP – when is a variant not a variant?

Good news for Agility Trains!

Whilst the ‘British led’ consortium desperately tries to square the circle with yet another innovative train design from Hitachi, a quick look at the IEP Invitation to Tender, issued in November 2007, and referring to the OJEU notice (published in March) says:

Bidders must not submit variant Proposals. In the event that variant Proposals are submitted these will not be considered in the evaluation undertaken by the DfT.”

Just fancy that!

As for the original question the answer is: 'When it's a DfT variant desperately trying to create a Voyager clone to keep the bi-mode alive'.