Tuesday 27 September 2016

Bidder challenges Luas contract

Tim Healy

Published 20/10/2015 | 02:30

Luas service to be extended
Luas service to be extended

A JOINT venture which came second in the bidding for Dublin's €368m cross-city Luas line has claimed in the High Court there were serious errors and a breach of rules relating to public procurement in the competition.

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Portuguese construction company Somague Engenharia SA and Mayo-based civil engineers, Wills Brothers Ltd, who established a joint venture to bid for the project, came second in the tendering process for the 5.6km of track linking the existing Green and Red Luas lines and extending to Cabra.

The winners were another joint venture, Sisk Steconfer, comprising Dublin-based construction company John Sisk & Son and Steconfer, a Portuguese construction company specialising in railway works.

Work is already under way on the project and due for completion in October 2017.

Somague/Wills have accepted their court case is primarily one for damages and no application has been made that the contract be suspended pending the determination of their proceedings.

It is against Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) which was formed by the merger of the National Roads Authority and the Railway Procurement Agency under 2015 legislation.

The plaintifs claim errors and breach of the procurement rules on the part of TII had the effect that they lost the contract. TII fully contests the claims.

The case continues.

Irish Independent

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