New contractors for Adelaide bus services

The State Government today announced new contracts have been awarded for the provision of Adelaide’s public bus services.

Transport Minister Patrick Conlon said the eight-year contracts have been awarded to; Australian Transit Enterprises Pty Ltd (operating as LinkSA, SouthLink, and Transitplus), Transfield Services (Australia) Pty Ltd and Transit Systems Australia Pty Ltd (operating as Torrens Transit).

“An exhaustive and extremely competitive tendering process has ensured we have secured the best possible services for our bus customers,” Minister Conlon said.

“Complementing dozens of extra new buses now operating, passengers can expect these arrangements to provide improved services as we continue delivery of a first-class public transport system”.

Under the new contracts, services in two areas; North South (Port Adelaide/Ingle Farm ► Marion/Blackwood) and Outer North East services (O-Bahn) will be provided by new provider, Transfield.Services.

Transfield Services is an Australian company which employs over 8,000 people in Australia and is a leading provider of operations, maintenance and asset and project management services.

Services in other areas will continue to work under the current providers.

“Passengers should see no impact on their current services, but rather a continued improvement through important performance provisions we have written into the new contracts,” Mr Conlon said.

“These provisions will ensure that bus services in South Australia will only continue to improve reinforcing the State’s commitment to revitalising our public transport system”

“The bus services will complement the $2.6bn investment in public transport now delivering 100 extra new buses, electrification and extension of our rail network, 66 brand new electric railcars and a doubling in size of our tram fleet”.

The new contracts with Australian Transit Enterprise and Transit Systems Australia will come into effect July 1.

The new contract with Transfield Services will start October 2, with these services continuing to be operated by Torrens Transit in the meantime. Each contract provides the State Government with the option of a four year extension.