DfT customers should initially contact the DfT strategic relationship manager Giles Price (Giles.Price@dft.gsi.gov.uk) who will help prepare and present potential requirements. If you’re not in DfT the agreement is self-service, but permission to access the suppliers should still be sought from Giles Price.
Read both the customer guidance document and panel agreement. See the attached documents. The panel services document provides details on core and non-core specialisms of the suppliers.
To use the direct award facility you should read the supplier prospectuses and ordering procedure which can be found in panel schedule 5.
Read the guidance in schedule 5 of the panel agreement. You will need an eSourcing portal, such as the CCS eSourcing portal, which contains competition templates. When using the CCS portal consult the customer guidance for registration and navigation.
The agreement is made up of 1 lot divided into 2 tiers. Work that could be allocated to either or both tiers includes instructions in relation to:
- Passenger franchise direct awards
- Rolling stock arrangements (eg procurements, maintenance and finance) for fleets used by a single franchisee.