Consequent on the judgements of the Swiss Federal Administrative Court, AlpTransit Gotthard Ltd has terminated its proceedings regarding award of the railway infrastructure systems for the Ceneri Base Tunnel. A new invitation to tender will be issued as soon as possible. No statement can yet be made about the effects on the planned opening date of the Ceneri Base Tunnel in December 2019.
With its judgements of March 14, 2014, the Swiss Federal Administrative Court partly upheld both of the appeals against the awards made by AlpTransit Gotthard Ltd of the railway systems lots for the Ceneri Base Tunnel, "Railway Track & Logistics" and "Railway Systems & Overall Coordination". The contested awards have been annulled and the matter referred back to AlpTransit Gotthard Ltd.
Termination of the award process and new invitation to tender
In its considerations, the Federal Administrative Court defines in detail how the references that are submitted as proof of suitability must be evaluated. In its judgement, the recipients of the awards must be excluded from the process. The corresponding evaluation by AlpTransit Gotthard Ltd of the suitability of the complainants now indicates that, according to the judgement, the references submitted by the complainants do not provide sufficient proof of suitability either, and the complainants must therefore also be excluded from the process.
Since none of the tenderers remaining in the process fulfil the suitability criteria defined by the Federal Administrative Court, on April 14, 2014, the Board of Directors of AlpTransit Gotthard Ltd decided to terminate the award process. A new invitation to tender will take place as soon as possible. The termination order can be contested before the Federal Administrative Court. It is not yet possible to comment on the effects on the timing of the planned opening date of the Ceneri Base Tunnel in December 2019.