EiB’s Strategic Work Winning Team, led by Director Richard Roddie, has helped the KeolisAmey JV secure a £5bn contract to run Wales’ rail service for the next 15 years. EiB provided support to the KeolisAmey JV team for all of the behavioural elements of Transport for Wales procurement process, including Board member interviews; a live contract site-visit and a two-day collaborative working behavioural workshop. TfW feedback on the KeolisAmey tender highlighted they had scored 100% on all three of these behavioural assessment elements.
Andy Holder, Amey’s Strategic Development Director commented: “the various behavioural assessments went superbly and our team were able to build an excellent rapport with the client team, some of whom we had never met before. By the end of the rigorous process, we all felt we had really valued the experience. The outcome was that we scored maximum marks on all three elements of the assessment – a perfect result, thanks to EiB’s knowledge of the process, support and team/one-to-one guidance”.
This is the biggest contract ever to be awarded in Wales; its value could reach £5bn over the next 15 years depending on subsidies, additional rail investment and the commissioning of new rolling stock. The contract will run from 4thJune 2018 to 14thOctober 2033, with all services transferring on 14thOctober 2018. It will involve running the Wales & Borders franchise and delivering the next phase of the Metro project with electrification of the core Valley Lines into Cardiff.
KeolisAmey will be taking over the service from Arriva Trains Wales and will transfer all 2,300 existing staff during mobilisation. The new franchise will comprise major improvements to the service, including transformation of the infrastructure and the introduction of new trains, as well as creating new jobs and apprenticeships.
Alistair Gordon, chief executive of Keolis UK, said “it would be a transformative new rail service”; while Andy Milner, Amey’s chief executive, said “while the proposed changes won’t happen overnight, the railway will be unrecognisable in five years thanks to the vision of the Welsh Government“.