What’s In Procurement Doc


Getting ready for new trains

KiwiRail’s procurement document for Auckland’s new electric trains expect train delivery to commence in the first quarter of 2013 with a delivery rate that will require all rains by no later than 2014.

It says that the trains will be placed into service from mid 2013 onwards.

Yesterday, KiwiRail  called for Expressions of Interest from potential suppliers for Auckland’s trains.

The call is the first formal step in the process of selecting the rolling stock supplier who will deliver and maintain Auckland’s new electric trains.

Here are the highlights of the document:

The purpose of the Industry Engagement Document is to

  • announce the commencement of the EMU procurement process and engagement with industry stakeholders and interested parties
  • provide an outline of the scope of the procurement project and an indicative process and timetable
  • invite interested parties including rolling stock manufacturers and maintenance providers to register their interest


  • The Auckland rail network consists of over 100 route km of narrow gauge (1067mm) track with 38 stations covering the east south and western areas of the city. The network has had significant investment in recent years with major track and infrastructure enhancements. Current projects include the installation of an ERMTMS level 1 signalling system and the electrification of the network at 25kV a.c.
  • An operational fleet size of up to 38 EMUs is required. the trains will be formed from one or two units in multiple. A unit will be formed of several cars, semi permanently coupled, with approx. length of 140m. A three car unit would provide a classical solution and equates to an approx. fleet size of up to 11 cars. Alternative solutions that offer operation or whole of the cost advantages would be considered.
  • In addition to the EMU fleet, a small fleet of about 13 locomotives is required to haul the existing coaching stock over the Auckland rail network. The locomotives will operate in a ‘push-pull’ mode hauling trains of up to 6 passenger vehicles comprising 5 trailer coaches and a driving trailer. These trains will have a maximum trailing load of 320 tonnes. The speed and performance of the locomotive hauled trains will be similar to that of the EMU.
  • Key requirement include train capacity, high train reliability and availability, short swell times and ability to meet the delivery timetable and the passenger interface requirements. Other interfaces are defined by systems outside the project such as track work, signalling, tunnel structures and electrification
  • The trains will be required to provide both a suburban and metro style service to the Auckland public. In addition the trains must be designed to allow future operation through a proposed CBD tunnel involving significant underground running and operation through underground stations
  • The project requires train delivery to commence in the first quarter of 2013 with a delivery rate that will require all rains by no later than 2014. Trains will be placed into service from mid 2013 onwards.

Procurement Scope

The scope is likely to compromise:

  • the design and manufacture of the EMU rolling stock
  • the testing, commissioning and introduction into service of the new EMUs
  • the provision of training and maintenance information
  • the provision of spares and technical support through and beyond the warranty period
  • potentially the maintenance of the EMUs and
  • electric locomotives to hail the existing SA | SD carriage fleet

At the time of release of this IED, a final decision has not been made as to whether or not the provision of maintenance of the new rolling stock is included. It is expected that this decision will be made prior to the issue of the Request for Proposal. As part of this industry engagement, KiwiRail would like to engage interested parties that can provide the new rolling stock and / or supply maintenance services for the new rolling stock.

  • The provision of the maintenance facility (Depot) is proceeding as a separate procurement.


EMU Project Indicative Timetable


30 April Issue EO1. Interested parties will have six weeks to prepare their responses

18 May Briefing for interested parties

11 June Submission of EO1 responses

9 July Short list of pre-qualified parties notifed

Mid July Issue of RFP documents to short listed pre qualified parties. Parties will have about 12 weeks to prepare their responses

Sept- Dec Evaluation process possibly including further short listing of sup0pliers for best and final offers

Dec Successful supplier selected and binding term sheet signed (commercial close)


Mid Jan - mid Mar Contract execution in March 2011 (contractual close)


First quarter Delivery of first units


KiwiRail expects that the successful supplier will be an organisation or consortium that

  • has the technical capability and financial standing to supply and manage the delivery of the rolling stock and
  • has the necessary production supply chain, project management skills and resources and technical expertise required to design, manufacture and commission EMUs that will deliver safe and consistently reliable joourneys; customer satisfaction on ambiance, amenities and facilities and whole of life and whole of system value for money.




  1. ingolfson says:

    Reading this made me realise that with all the moaning we are doing so often (about our government, about the state of the network, about fuel prices), there is still something we should remind ourselves of.

    We are getting new, electric trains. On an electrified network.

    Just savour that idea.

    Once they are in servce, they will be an absolute boon, boost & driver of the rail renaissance. Wait for the “not sure whether we should really be pouring more money into this” voices sound more and more pitiful and lonely…

  2. JC says:

    The supply of 25kV locomotives as well as the EMUs is probably one of the more interesting parts of this tender. Purely passenger focused locos is something we’ve not seen in some time - might even get some nice looking streamlined front ends on those too.

  3. rtc says:

    It would appear that we are behind the delayed schedule that is contained in this delayed procurement doc.

  4. Scott says:

    @JC - If there is spare space why not fill it with more seats… Will be interesting to see what the companies come up with.


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