Veolia Transdev renegotiates Oz contracts

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 AUSTRALIA Veolia Transdev has renegotiated two bus contracts for a further seven years.

Jonathan Metcalfe, CEO of Veolia Transdev Australasia, said: “This follows strong business performance to date and a fair negotiation with NSW Government.

“In 2005 contracts 10 and 13 were awarded to Veolia Transdev, which committed to provide access to assets including buses and depots at the end of the contract term, reducing the burden on taxpayers. Veolia Transdev was given the option to renegotiate the contracts, rather than them being competitively tendered like other Sydney metropolitan bus contracts.”

The contract started on January 1 for contract 10 and starts on May 1 for contract 13. Enhancements include improved timetable information and notification about delays to services; initiatives to improve punctuality and reliability including the introduction of prepay at key stops and additional hot spare buses in the peak period; and the inclusion of increased cleaning and bus presentation initiatives which will provide an improvement in the onboard experience.

Metcalfe added: “We have a proud history of being at the leading edge of bus reform in NSW. We were the first to sign the new era contracts in 2004 which gave us the right to negotiate these contracts rather than go to tender.”

Veolia Transdev in Australasia (VTDA) runs passenger transport in Auckland (rail), Brisbane (bus, coach, ferry), Perth (bus), SW Western Australia (bus, coach) and Sydney (bus, ferry, light rail, monorail).