Travel and Transport to School

Retendering for school and social care transport using vehicles of 17 passenger seats and over


  • All existing routes using vehicles over 17 passenger seats will be retendered from May 2012.
  • All new routes will be tendered from December 2011 onwards.
  • In order to have an opportunity to tender for any routes you must register with the County Council from March 2011 on the In-tend system, and complete the indicative tender when it is released.

All tendering will be carried out using the County Council's electronic system called In-tend. There will be no paper tendering.

In order to get onto the Dynamic Purchasing System you must reach a pass mark on an electronic quality questionnaire. The system will have a ‘gate opening’ system, meaning that if you are not successful the first time there will be other chances to pass.

Once the Dynamic Purchasing System is in place individual routes will be tendered via Mini Competitions and electronic auctions. The system will remain open to allow for new entrants to join the system during its lifetime.

Key Dates

Register on In-Tend

March 2011 onwards

Complete Indicative tender on In-Tend

July 2011 onwards

Notice to suppliers that they are on the Dynamic Purchasing System

Autumn 2011

Existing routes retendered using In-Tend:

  • Phase 1 May – August 2012

  • Phase 2 May - August 2013

Why are we introducing this sytem for services using vehicles of 17 passenger seats and over?

  • Compliance with EU procurement directives.
  • Introduction of Electronic Tendering via e-mini competitions – ending all paper-based tendering.
  • Opportunity to optimize routes before retendering.
  • Reduce costs.
  • Introduction of quality criteria in the indicative tender.