Auckland Metro Rail Franchise
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Preferred bidder announced
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Auckland Transport (AT) are looking to re-tender the franchise contract for the operation of Auckland's metro rail network.
The Auckland metro rail network comprises 185 kilometres of track, 42 stations and 57 three-car electric multiple unit trains. 15 more trains are currently on order and are expected to start entering service in 2019.
The network is currently operated by Transdev, who have operated the network since 2003.
The re-tender signals a strategic shift away from the current operating model to increased levels of vertical integration, in an effort to improve operational and commercial efficiency across the rail network. Under the new operating model there is potential for the rail services operator to assume greater responsibility and control across various operational elements of rail services provision than occurs now.
The franchise will also include train operations through the City Rail Link (CRL) when it opens. The successful franchisee will have a large role in testing and commissioning of the CRL infrastructure in the lead up to the opening of the project.
Contract duration is subject to industry consultation but is indicatively thought to comprise a base term and performance extension totalling 12-15 years.
In April 2019, AT released an Advance notice to inform industry of an upcoming market sounding exercise. AT is seeking input from industry to help design the best operating model and commercial framework.
Industry consultation is expected to run from April until October 2019. The preferred operating model is likely to be announced in July 2019.
The indicative timeline states formal procurement will begin with the call for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) in October 2019. EOIs are to be due in December 2019, with a Request for Tender (RFT) to be released in February or March 2020 to shortlisted bidders.
Contract award is scheduled for December 2020, with the franchise to commence operations in mid-2021.
AT previously tendered for a new rail franchise contract in 2015, but postponed the tender due to the initiation of the Auckland Transport Alignment Project and the commencement of construction on CRL City Rail Link. Companies shortlisted at the time included Transdev, Serco and NZ Government-owned KiwiRail.
Last reviewed: 23/04/2019