Tramwaje Warszawskie informed that the National Appeals Chamber dismissed the last, seventh, appeal in the tender for a tram for Kasprzaka street. Tram drivers will soon be able to sign a contract for the performance of works. They had been waiting for it for over a year. This is not the only investment in the capital that has been delayed by numerous appeals filed by potential contractors.
We had to wait over a year for the tender for the tram for Kasprzaka to be concluded. Seven companies entered the competition announced in summer 2020, and six of them submitted bids close to the planned budget, which amounted to just over PLN 240 million gross. However, the procedure includes an electronic auction. This one took place in June. At that time, Budimex took the lead, but ultimately the company did not extend the bid bond. The second best bid was submitted by Strabag (originally it offered PLN 260.6 million, but during the auction it dropped by over 50 million – to PLN 205.4 million gross). Tram drivers were to sign a contract with the company after September 2when the deadline for submitting appeals to the National Appeals Chamber expired, but unfortunately it reappeared.
Ultimately, however – like the previous six – it was dismissed. “KIO dismissed the last appeal in the tender for the construction of the tram to Kasprzaka. We are definitely closer to signing the contract and driving the first shovel” – informed Warsaw Trams a few days ago.
Now they are only faced with standard tender control by the president of the Public Procurement Office. As reported earlier, the investment will take 20 months to complete, but this does not include the winter periods from mid-December to mid-March, unless the weather allows the work to be carried out at that time. Construction is to be completed in 2023.
KIO dismissed the last appeal in the tender for the construction of a tram to Kasprzaka. We are definitely closer to signing the contract and driving the first shovel. We still have standard tender control by the President of PPO ahead of us. @Warsaw @WTP_Warszawa pic.twitter.com/c00kH9NiUF
– Warsaw Trams (@TramwajeW) September 30, 2021
Why did it take so long to settle the tender for the tram for Kasprzaka? Because the performers appealed as many as seven times. However, as transport-publiczny.pl informs, a similar situation also applies to the new Annopol depot. Since January, tram drivers have not been able to settle the proceedings, because potential contractors have already filed nine appeals with the National Appeals Chamber.
TW spokesman Maciej Dutkiewicz on Twitter specified that in the case of these two investments there were a total of 16 appeals and only one valid: “Two investments, 16 appeals, one valid. For each, an additional six months”.
He will cover part of the route in a trench
The new section between Wolska and Skierniewicka will be 2.3 kilometers long. The investment also involves the modernization of approximately 1.2 km of the existing tracks on Wolska and Kasprzaka Streets. Passengers will be able to use six new stops: at Płocka, at the Warszawa Wola railway stop and at Ordona.
– The tram route will run along the rapidly expanding housing estates in Odolany. Tory on Kasprzaka Street, as on Grochowska Street, will be planted with greenery. The new route will provide quick access to two metro stations – Rondo Daszyńskiego and Rondo ONZ. The travel time on the newly built section of the route will not exceed 15 minutes. In the future, the route along Kasprzak will be able to connect with two others towards the Warszawa Zachodnia station, informed the town hall last year.
Crossing Wolska / Redutowa / Kasprzaka trams will cover in the excavation:
Tram to Wilanów
In the future, the tracks to Kasprzaka are to be connected with two “mustaches” leading to the Western Railway Station. The 20-kilometer line that will connect Wola via Ochota and Mokotów with Wilanów will begin here. In the investment task, this episode was named A, but it is not a priority. Tram drivers plan to build it only after 2023.
Main photo source: Warsaw trams