Major Contract

Sydney Metropolitan Bus Contract 1 - Outer Western Suburbs

Under Procurement
Sydney Metropolitan Bus Contract 1 - Outer Western Suburbs

Bus services in the Greater Sydney Metropolitan area are divided into 15 regions, serviced by individual contracts. Historically, these contracts have been operated by a combination of the State Transit Authority and private operators.

Bus Region One covers the outer western suburbs between Blacktown, Penrith, Windsor and Richmond. The current contract with Busways Blacktown commenced in October 2013 and is due to conclude in October 2021.

Contract One will be procured as part of Transport for NSW's procurement processes for 10 out of the 14 Greater Sydney Metropolitan Bus Contracts. 

The contract will be procured in Tranche Three alongside Contract Two and 15. 

Key Dates

Oct 2013 Contract Award
Oct 2018 Contract Extended
Oct 2021 Expected Construction Completion
Jul 2022 RFT Open
Sep 2022 RFT Close
Feb 2023 Expected Contract Award
Mar 2024 Expected Contract Commencement


Procuring Agency: Transport for NSW
Successful Tenderer: Busways Blacktown (2013 - 2021)


Oct 2019 The NSW Government announced it will competitively tender 13 of the 14 Sydney metropolitan bus contracts between 2020 and 2023. This follows the award of Bus Region Six in 2018 to Transit Systems. The NSW Government also announced it will be replacing Sydney's diesel bus fleet with electric vehicles.
Dec 2019 An industry briefing detailed the procurement timeline for the contracts to be procured between 2020 and 2023.
Jul 2021 An industry briefing was held, confirming the procurement structure and schedule of the 10 upcoming contracts.
Jul 2022 Transport for NSW issued a Request for Tenders (RFTs) for the operation of Sydney Metropolitan Bus Contracts for region one. RFTs close on 30 September.
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Industry Briefing - July 2021
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