SMRT Trains, the Singapore rail operator, has recently been awarded the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) operating contract in Singapore. The TEL is a new metro line which lies to the north of the island. Their bid team was supported by the SNC-Lavalin Transport Advisory team, working with colleagues from the SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit team.
Two key areas that SNC-Lavalin helped SMRT to concentrate on were the introduction of the Incentive/Disincentive financial model and the level of predictive maintenance investment to achieve their targets. These were important to the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and SNC-Lavalin made sure they had prominence within the bid. LTA has also recognised the importance of more collaborative working and Transport Advisory will be providing expertise in this area to ensure SMRT meet their Committed Obligations. The SNC-Lavalin team moved into SMRT offices so that one joint bid team was created, which solely focused on the tender.
SNC-Lavalin Transport Advisory has a wealth of experience in helping to secure contracts and franchises for rail operators including Arriva’s successful bids for Northern Rail and London Overground.
“We are delighted that SMRT were successful,” Marianne Kilpatrick, UK Director of Transport Advisory said. “We brought our wealth of experience in bid strategy development and our technical expertise to help SMRT develop the right level of service and investment. We were also able to guide the bid team so that these themes came through strongly.
“Our collaborative, whole-team approach is our greatest advantage. It means an expert helping a client to bid for a new metro system on one side of the world can tap into the knowledge of a colleague who had won a franchise on the other.”
The TEL contract starts from 2019 and is set to operate initially for nine years.