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.
The contracts still under operation by the State Transit Authority - Contract Seven, Eight and Nine - entered procurement processes for private operation in 2020 and 2021.
Contract Seven, covers part of the lower North Shore and North West suburbs, stretching to Ryde and Parramatta.
|Oct 2019||Project Announcement|
|Aug 2020||RFT Open|
|Dec 2020||RFT Close|
|Jul 2021||Contract Award|
|Dec 2021||Region Seven expected to transition to new provider|
|Jan 2022||Contract Commencement|
|Dec 2029||Contract Completion|
|Procuring Agency:||Transport for NSW|
|Successful Tenderer:||Busways North West|
|Oct 2019||The NSW Government announced it will competitively tender 13 of the 14 Sydney metropolitan bus contracts over the coming three years. 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. 13 contracts are expected to be tendered over the next three years, with new contracts established by early 2023.|
|May 2020||TfNSW announced that tendering for Region Seven would likely commence in August. TfNSW also made available Virtual Data Rooms for prospective tenderers for Regions Seven, Eight and Nine. These contain materials that will assist tenderers conducting their due diligence for bidding on the contracts and provide a forum for any queries or requests from bidders.|
|Aug 2020||TfNSW issued an Invitation to Tender for Region Seven, closing December 2020. New Operators are now expected to commence services in December 2021.|
|Jul 2021||The contract was awarded to Busways North West for an eight-year term commencing in January 2022.|