Start date: Monday 11 November 2019
Value: £137,800
Company size: SME
Department for Transport

National Access Point (NAP) Discovery and Alpha

10 Incomplete applications

8 SME, 2 large

28 Completed applications

17 SME, 11 large

Important dates

Tuesday 27 August 2019
Deadline for asking questions
Tuesday 3 September 2019 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Tuesday 10 September 2019 at 11:59pm GMT


Summary of the work
We require a discovery to establish and evaluate user needs and plan the agile implementation of both the frontend service (i.e. the web data catalogue) and the backend process, including data governance arrangement, data management, etc. We require outline design of a data catalogue.
Latest start date
Tuesday 15 October 2019
Expected contract length
Discovery 6-8 weeks, Alpha 8 - 10 Weeks
Organisation the work is for
Department for Transport
Budget range
£100 - 150k

DfT would like the opportunity to evaluate whether it continues into alpha after discovery. Dft require the supplier to provide a separate cost for discovery and alpha.

Proposed budgets for these phases are stated below:

Discovery: £40-50K
Alpha: £60-100K

About the work

Why the work is being done
The National Access Point (NAP) is a catalogue of transport metadata used to index data, originally mandated by EU Directive 2010/40/EU []. The Department for Transport decided to implement NAP beyond the original scope of the directive by including specified data for all roads. Our scoping study concluded that the specific needs of NAP extend beyond the capability of the current website.
Problem to be solved
Road-related transport data in England needs to be easy to discover. The Department for Transport wants to facilitate and enable users to discover transport data from a variety of public and private sources.
Who the users are and what they need to do
The main users are local authorities and transport industry professionals. Users are also any producers and consumers of transport data including but not limited to SMEs, ride-hailing companies, black cabs, software developers.
Early market engagement
Early research with data producers has been carried out and informed the need for a proper discovery.
Any work that’s already been done
Any work that’s already been done (Optional) (100 words)

Early research with data producers has been carried out and informed the need for a proper discovery. We have drafted a potential set of features and metadata for the NAP.

The NAP scoping report is available at:

The NAP draft specification is available at:
Existing team
National Access Point is being developed jointly between the Smarter Traffic Management team in the Traffic and Technology division and the Developing Data Unit in Travel and Safety Statistics division.
Current phase
Not started

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Department for Transport:

Great Minster House,
Horseferry Road,
Windsor House,
Victoria Street

and the supplier’s own premises.
Working arrangements
To be discussed prior to contract award.
Security clearance
Minimum security clearance of BPSS.

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
All output will be owned by the Department for Transport, which may share it under a suitable Open Licence.

All material/outputs derived from the contract shall be the property of the Department for Transport.

Skills and experience

Buyers will use the essential and nice-to-have skills and experience to help them evaluate suppliers’ technical competence.

Essential skills and experience
  • Have relevant experience of web and service (re)design with an Agile approach
  • Experience of designing and implementing data management and data governance based on a web workflow
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Experience in developing data catalogues and linked data technologies
  • Experience in road transport

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many suppliers to evaluate
Proposal criteria
  • Approach and methodology
  • Technical Solution
  • Value for Money
  • Team structure
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work as a team with our organisation and other suppliers
  • Be transparent and collaborative when making decisions
  • Share knowledge and experience with other team members
Payment approach
Fixed price
Assessment methods
  • Written proposal
  • Case study
  • Work history
  • Presentation
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. How has the budget been determined?
Thank you for your clarification question, however this question doesn’t not relate to a clarification of the brief regarding this tender opportunity. If this information impacts your ability to tender, please clarify further
2. Do DfT envisage supplying some of the team members themselves to form a single co-sourced team, or should the team be fully provided by suppliers?
The team should be fully provided by suppliers.
3. It does not appear the links are working to the specifications or scoping document, can you please provide new links?
Please see links below, these have been tested and are correct:
4. additional response to question 1.

How has the budget been determined?
The ‘indicative budget was based on the price of comparative Discoveries/Alpha undertaken for the Department or other similar organisations
5. Can you please confirm if this requirement is subject to any Purdah rules, should there be a General Election?
If a General Election takes place the Department will take into consideration government guidance and protocols during pre-electoral period.