Published date: 28 July 2020

Last edited date: 28 July 2020

Closed opportunity - This means that the contract is currently closed. The buying department may be considering suppliers that have already applied, or no suitable offers were made.

Closing: 28 August 2020

Contract summary


  • Transport equipment and auxiliary products to transportation - 34000000

  • Motorcycles, bicycles and sidecars - 34400000

  • Motor scooters and cycles with auxiliary motors - 34420000

    • Motor scooters - 34421000

    • Control, safety or signalling equipment for parking facilities - 34996300

    • Construction work for buildings relating to road transport - 45213310

    • Various surface works - 45233200

    • Road-surface painting work - 45233221

    • Parking-lot-surface painting work - 45233270

    • Installation of street furniture - 45233293

    • Industry specific software package - 48100000

    • Point of sale (POS) software package - 48110000

    • Transaction-processing software package - 48217000

    • Business transaction and personal business software package - 48400000

    • Repair, maintenance and associated services of vehicles and related equipment - 50100000

    • Road transport services - 60100000

    • Public road transport services - 60112000

    • Special-purpose road passenger-transport services - 60130000

    • Parking services - 63712400

    • Database services - 72320000

    • Administrative services for business operations - 75112000

    • Advertising and marketing services - 79340000

Location of contract


Value of contract

£5,000,000 to £50,000,000

Procurement reference


Published date

28 July 2020

Closing date

28 August 2020

Contract start date

7 October 2020

Contract end date

6 October 2021

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open procedure (above threshold)

Any interested supplier may submit a tender in response to an opportunity notice.

This procedure can be used for procurements above the relevant contract value threshold.

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Contract is suitable for VCSEs?



Portsmouth City Council (the Council) on behalf of Solent Transport is establishing a multi supplier framework for the provision of shared e-scooter rental schemes in the Solent Transport Area.

The initial call-off from the framework will be for the preferred supplier(s) to establish a trial shared e-scooter rental schemes in Portsmouth, launching in October 2020. Future call-offs to provide schemes in Winchester and Southampton are expected to be initiated via framework direct award or mini competition in late 2020/early 2021. All schemes are in response to the Department for Transport's (DfT) desire to trial e-scooters as a new mode of micro mobility transport and the temporary legalisation of shared e-scooter rental schemes from 4th July 2020. As a result all trial schemes will be closely monitored by the relevant Local Authority, Solent Transport and the DfT. The council's progress in setting up the trial, and its final recommended supplier(s) will be monitored by the DfT and must receive DfT approval before any trials can commence. Failure to obtain this approval will halt the commencement of the trial. To this end, suppliers are advised that they must have secured DfT approval at the point of tender submission.

The initial Portsmouth trial will be based around the existing park and ride schemes. The aim is that e-scooters will provide additional and supplementary modes of transport when capacity and appetite to use public transport is reduced due to the impact of COVID-19. The council has identified a number of key stops along the park and ride route between the terminal at the car park on the M275, the University of Portsmouth and the Hard.

Another element of the Portsmouth scheme will provide a hub at Lakeside North Harbour business park, linking to local destinations including the Cosham Interchange. Additional hub locations in key retail, tourist and business areas are also to be made available including Southsea tourist attractions, shopping and restaurant areas and additional transport hubs. The council's primary launch focus is in respect of the park and ride schemes although the council remains open to bids that consider these additional locations either from the outset or as expansion opportunities later in the trial.

It is anticipated that the Portsmouth scheme will initially consist of approximately 80 e-scooters, with the potential to expand up to 241 scooters during the trial.

The successful operator will be required to provide the following services:
o A fleet of suitable e-scooters to be part of a shared rental scheme for use by the public. The vehicles must comply with all DfT guidelines in respect of speed and weight etc.
o A suitable, secure parking solution to ensure the city streetscape can remain clutter-free.
o A solution that enables users to hire e-scooters, including payment, registration/confirmation of driving capability, driving licence details etc.

More information


Additional text

Portsmouth City Council is currently in the process of seeking expressions of interest for the following project - E-Scooter Hire - Central Southern England Framework Agreement
The full details and ability to express an interest will be via our e-sourcing system Intend. This filepath will take you to the relevant area of Intend,

Once on the page you can either scroll down or use the search function to find the relevant project.

Should you have any problems with the above link, please contact us on 023 9268 8235 or email:

Is a Recurrent Procurement Type? : Yes

About the buyer

Contact name

Procurement Service


Guildhall Square
United Kingdom


023 9268 8235