Award of Ceneri Base Tunnel railway infrastructure systems: Swiss Federal Administrative Court partly upholds appeals

The Swiss Federal Administrative Court has partly upheld both of the appeals against the awards made by AlpTransit Gotthard Ltd of the railway systems lots "Railway Track & Logistics" and "Railway Systems & Overall Coordination". The contested awards have been annulled and returned to AlpTransit Gotthard Ltd for reconsideration. AlpTransit Gotthard Ltd will analyse these decisions and decide how it will proceed in the next few days. It is not yet possible at present to comment on whether the opening date of the Ceneri Base Tunnel in 2019 could be affected.

On August 12, 2013, the Board of Directors of AlpTransit Gotthard Ltd awarded the "Railway Track & Logistics" lot to the Mons Ceneris Consortium, under the lead management of Mancini&Marti AG, Bellinzona, for the price of around CHF 96 million, and the "Railway Systems & Overall Coordination“ lot to the CPC Consortium, under the lead management of Cablex AG, Berne, for the price of around CHF 129 million.

In each case, an appeal was lodged against the award with the Swiss Federal Administrative Court in September 2013. The appeals were primarily against the suitability of the award recipients as determined by AlpTransit Gotthard Ltd. At the end of October 2013, the Federal Administrative Court ordered both awards to be postponed pending consideration of the appeals. On March 14, 2014, the Federal Administrative Court partly upheld both appeals.

An appeal against this decision can be lodged with the Federal Administrative Court within 30 days from communication of the judgement. Since ongoing legal proceedings are involved, ATG will make no further public comment on the matter.