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April 26, 2015

Auckland Transport shortlists bidders for passenger rail service operation

New Zealand's Auckland Transport has short-listed three companies to operate passenger rail services from 1 July 2016.

By Samseer M

Auckland Transport

New Zealand’s Auckland Transport has short-listed three companies to operate passenger rail services from 1 July 2016.

The three bidders that will be invited to tender include Serco NZ, Transdev Auckland and KiwiRail.

According to AT Metro general manager Mark Lambert, the new contract will be performance-based and reflect the huge changes in the Auckland passenger rail system since the current contract was put in place in 2003.

The tender documents will be issued to the short-listed companies soon and the new rail contract will take effect when the existing contract expires next year, Lambert added.

"The new contract will be performance-based and reflect the huge changes in the Auckland passenger rail system since the current contract was put in place in 2003."

Serco NZ is the New Zealand arm of the British Serco and its rail operations include the MerseyRail and Northern Rail operations in the UK and the Dubai Metro in the UAE.

Transdev Aucklandoperates light and heavy rail services in Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia, while state-owned KiwiRail operates freight and passenger rail services throughout New Zealand.

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Auckland’s Metro network has recently witnessed electrification on the line, station construction and renovation, and deployment of double-track in the Western Line.

Moreover, the number of services has significantly increased from 40,000 to 140,000 per annum in the network since 2003.

Auckland Transport recently appointed two contractors to carry out the first phase of the City Rail Link (CRL) construction in the downtown area.

Work under this contract includes the establishment of temporary accommodation for Britomart Station’s ticketing and customer service operations to support the construction works.

This project is scheduled to start in October along with the relocation of a major storm water line in Albert Street between Swanson and Wellesley Streets.


Image: Auckland’s Metro rail service has been electrified and modern electric trains will soon be operating on all lines. Photo: courtesy of Auckland Transport.

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