Tyne and Wear Metro

Transport written question – answered on 22nd October 2008.

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Photo of Jim Cousins Jim Cousins Labour, Newcastle upon Tyne Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what public sector comparator will be used to assess bids to operate the Tyne and Wear Metro; and who will be responsible for establishing the comparator.

Photo of Paul Clark Paul Clark PPS (Rt Hon Ed Balls, Secretary of State), Department for Children, Schools and Families, Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport

The tender process for the operation of the Tyne and Wear Metro will be conducted by Nexus (the Tyne and Wear passenger transport executive). An in-house bid team from Nexus will be eligible to take part in the tender process, and would be required to pre-qualify and submit a bid on the same basis as any other applicant. All bids, including any in-house bid, will be evaluated by Nexus on an equivalent basis.

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