Train Operator deal signed with Transdev

Greater Wellington Regional Council, Transdev and Hyundai Rotem have signed a nine-year contract for the operation of the Wellington Metro Rail contract.

The signing of the agreement marks the 14th current major public transport contract in the region for Transdev Australasia.

The new Wellington contract is an addition to the Auckland rail contract which Transdev has been operating since 2004.

The parties will operate, maintain and grow the Wellington rail network. Subject to achieving performance targets the contract may extend another six years in 3-year increments.

Wellington Transdev acting managing director Alan Bannister says the team is working towards to the service delivery start date to ensure a seamless transition without disruption to staff and customers.

“We are already working with KiwiRail, GWRC and the RMTU to help facilitate this. KiwiRail has worked hard to establish a rail network that is in a good position regarding performance and high customer satisfaction ratings,” says Bannister.

We are looking to drive even greater customer satisfaction, punctuality, reliability, and patronage that contributes to the region’s prosperity and growth,” he says.

Dignitaries including the French Ambassador to NZ, Florence Jeanblanc-Risler, Transdev Group chair and ceo, Jean-Marc Janaillac and regional ceo Richard Dujardin, along with Transdev Australasia’s Acting chief executive Peter Lodge and Bannister attended the ceremonial contract signing.

“Transdev’s approach to this contract is to build on the existing strong foundations that already exist in Wellington, to further grow patronage on the network, ” says Transdev Australia acting chief executive Peter Lodge.

“We will do this in partnership with Greater Wellington Regional Council and our maintenance partner Hyundai Rotem,” he says.