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Provision of School and Local Transport Services in Cowal and Bute.

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Argyll and Bute Council
Contact point(s): Customer Services
For the attention of: Boguslawa Symonowicz, Purchasing Officer
PA31 8RT Lochgilphead
Telephone: +44 1546604195
Fax: +44 1546604434

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Address of the buyer profile:

Electronic access to information:

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate:

Further information can be obtained from: Argyll and Bute Council
PA31 8RT Lochgilphead
Telephone: +44 1546604194
Fax: +44 1546604411
Internet address:

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: Argyll and Bute Council
Contact point(s): Customer Services
For the attention of: Boguslawa Symonowicz, Purchasing Officer
PA31 8RT Lochgilphead
Telephone: +44 1546604195
Fax: +44 1546604434
Internet address:

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
Regional or local authority
I.3)Main activity
General public services
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Provision of School and Local Transport Services in Cowal and Bute.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 2: Land transport services [2], including armoured car services, and courier services, except transport of mail
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Cowal and Bute (Argyll and Bute, Scotland).

NUTS code UK

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
The notice involves a public contract
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)
Argyll and Bute Council are looking to contract with a transport operator(s) who will provide safe and secure school and local transport for all 19 routes in the Cowal and Bute area.

NOTE: To register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the Public Contracts Scotland Web Site at

The buyer has indicated that it will accept electronic responses to this notice via the Postbox facility. A user guide is available at

Suppliers are advised to allow adequate time for uploading documents and to dispatch the electronic response well in advance of the closing time to avoid any last minute problems.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)


II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.9)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: yes
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 4 000 000 and 4 300 000 GBP
II.2.2)Information about options
Options: yes
Description of these options: 2.1.2 The contract will be let for a period of 3 years, from20.4.2014 until 15.4.2017, with the option to extend for another 1 plus 1 years.
Provisional timetable for recourse to these options:
in months: 36 (from the award of the contract)
II.2.3)Information about renewals
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
III.1.4)Other particular conditions
The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: no
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
III.2.3)Technical capacity
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
IV.2)Award criteria
IV.2.1)Award criteria
The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction
An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
20.1.2014 - 12:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
VI.3)Additional information
1.4.2. bidding for route(S)
Tenderers are permitted to bid for one or as many routes identified per Appendix 1 as they wish as part of an optional packaged bid as hereinafter described.
This Tender document comprises six parts and 2 separate attachments:
Part 1: Instructions to Tenderers
Part 2: Conditions of Contract
In which the relevant terms and conditions relating to the Contract or contracts are expressed.
Part 3: Service Specification
In which Argyll and Bute Council details the Contractor's responsibilities for the Provision of School and Local Transport Services in Cowal and Bute
Part 4: Structure and Format of Proposal
Contains the Questionnaires and a comprehensive checklist of all routes which are the subject of this tender at page 65.The Tenderer must complete the questionnaires in this section as part of their response to the Provision of School and Local Transport Services in Cowal and Bute
Part 5: Tender Assessment and Evaluation
In which Argyll and Bute Council describes the procedure it will employ for evaluating the Tenders received.
Part 6: Submission Checklist
Offers a checklist of all the information that the Tenderer needs to complete/provide as a minimum to ensure a compliant Tender.
Attachment 1a: Pricing Submission Package which contains:
- the individual route specification,
- The pricing schedule together with the Form of Tender. - must be completed as part of the response.
Appendix 1B: Optional Tender
- If applicable, the tenderer should complete this document if the intention is to bid for more than one route. Please note this Form must be submitted in addition to document submitted for each individual contract detailed in Attachment 1a -Pricing Submission Package.
(SC Ref:286401)
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: