Procurement of rolling stock for North-South rail services: Federal Administrative Court rules against suspen-sive effect of Talgo appeal.
Press release, 30.10.2014
The Swiss Federal Administrative Court has issued a ruling in SBB's favour: Talgo's appeal against the awarding of the contract in May 2014 to Stadler Rail for the construction of 29 new trains has not been granted suspensive effect. This means that SBB can prepare the signing of the contract with Stadler Rail despite the ongoing lawsuit.
The Swiss Federal Administrative Court has ruled that the objection filed by unsuccessful bidder Talgo, which appealed against the awarding of a contract in May 2014 to Stadler Rail to build 29 new trains, will not result in the order being suspended. Consequently, SBB can prepare the signing of the contract with Stadler Rail despite the legal proceedings.
This decision by the Federal Administrative Court is of major importance to rail services on the North-South corridor. It confirms SBB's position that, throughout the tender procedure, it attached the utmost importance to compliance with procurement law requirements and to the equal treatment of bidders.
Talgo's appeal is the last one still pending. The lawsuit has resulted in the project being delayed by several months. The possible impact on the planned deployment of the trains, which is scheduled for 2019, is being clarified with Stadler Rail.