Transdev derailed: Auckland's new train operator

Transdev derailed: Auckland's new train operator
Britomart train station, Auckland. (Image: Jacques Steenkamp)
Brent Melville
Auckland Transport has awarded a $1.04 billion contract to a joint Singaporean/Australian venture to run Auckland’s expanding passenger rail line.The venture, Auckland One Rail (AOR) will be paid $130 million a year for the first eight years to operate the line, with an option to extend for another five years.AOR is a joint venture between Singaporean based ComfortDelGro Transit and Sydney’s UGL, owned by the giant Australian CIMIC group.In winning the contract, the bidders also managed to derail their competition, led by Transdev A...

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