Monday 19 February 2018

Bidder for Luas link contract fails in legal challenge

A JOINT venture which came second in the bidding for Dublin's €368m cross-city Luas line has failed in a High Court challenge to the process of awarding the contract.

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 underway on the project which is due for completion in October 2017.

Somague/Wills claimed the tender competition was vitiated by a number of serious errors and breach of the rules relating to public procurement.

It was accepted by them during the case it was primarily about damages and no application has been made that the contract be suspended pending the determination of their proceedings.

The case was against Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII).

TII denied the claims and opposed the application for judicial review.

Ms Justice Marie Baker refused Somague/Wills application. She found there was no manifest error in how the tenders were evaluated.

Irish Independent

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