The start of the competitive tender process in Region 8 follows several months of market sounding in 2019. 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,” Ms. Mildwater said.
“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.