Tenders for Northern Beaches and Lower North Shore bus services now open

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The competitive tender process for operating Region 8 bus services on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and Lower North Shore opened today.

The tender is an opportunity for leading transport operators from both Australia and overseas to demonstrate how they will deliver improved services to customers on behalf of the NSW Government.

“We’re looking for an operator to deliver new and innovative services for our customers on the North Shore and Northern Beaches. This will mean more frequent and convenient services throughout the day, including turn-up-and-go and On Demand routes,” said Elizabeth Mildwater, Deputy Secretary - Greater Sydney at Transport for NSW.

“We’re also looking for operators to show us how they can help the Government transition to zero emission buses, and improve real-time information that will help customers to better plan their journeys and connect with other transport modes.”

The start of the competitive tender process in Region 8 follows several months of market sounding in late 2019 and earlier this year. Tenders will close on 30 September 2020 with the transition to the new operator expected during the final quarter of 2021.

As part of the franchising process, the NSW Government will maintain control of routes, fares, assets such as buses and the existing depots at North Sydney, Brookvale and Mona Vale.

“All operational staff, including bus drivers and maintenance staff, will have the opportunity to transfer to the new operator with a two-year job guarantee on the same award terms and conditions said Ms Mildwater.

“Every effort will be made to find roles for non-operational award employees before services change hands to the new operator, either with the new operator or within the public sector.”

Prospective tenderers can register to participant in the tender for Region 8 by going to the NSW Government’s eTenders website.

The competitive tender process for the two other regions currently operated by State Transit, Region 7 in Sydney’s north and Region 9 in Sydney’s east, are currently planned to open in August and November respectively.