asked Her Majesty's Government:
Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 17 July (WA 18) on railway franchises, how environmental performance is assessed so that a monetary value can be fed into the bidding process; and at what stage in the process this assessment is made. [HL5032]
A monetary value is not attributed to environmental performance as part of the assessment process. Bidders’ plans for achieving their targets for improving environmental performance are assessed for deliverability as part of the overall consideration of their bid against the requirements set out in the invitation to tender issued to all bidders.
The final stage of the evaluation of bids does not include a separate monetary valuation of past performance. Bidders are required to provide relevant evidence to support the deliverability of their bid’s proposals and initiatives. Such evidence as they may provide to support their bid (including that drawn from rail franchises that they operate) is included in assessing the operational and financial deliverability of the franchise for which they are bidding.