Transit Systems and UGL announce intention to jointly bid for Newcastle ISO
February 26, 2016
Transit Systems, Australia’s largest privately owned public transport contractor, has today announced its intention to tender for the Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) Integrated Service Offering (ISO) operating contract in Newcastle.
Having built a market leading transportation business in Australia over the last two decades, Transit Systems CEO Clint Feuerherdt said the company has since benefited from the global experience gained by its International spin-off, Tower Transit.
If selected as the successful ISO contractor by TfNSW, Transit Systems would take on the lead operational role responsible for the delivery of the integrated transport services in Newcastle. UGL Limited would be responsible for the specialised maintenance requirements of the light rail infrastructure and vehicles.
Mr Feuerherdt said the company’s global operations represented a portfolio of nearly 2,000 operational buses, across four Australian states and territories, with an international footprint spanning London, Cambridge and Singapore.
Mr Feuerherdt added that his company, benefitting from the relationship with UGL and its long history of Newcastle based operations, is a strong contender for the Newcastle ISO.
“We are proud to be a wholly Australian owned transport company with the experience and expertise to deliver this contract. Our business was founded on the Central Coast of NSW and it would be a great honour to return with the benefit of all that we have learned both in Australia and overseas.”
UGL CEO Ross Taylor said, “Newcastle is one of Australia’s largest cities and it is important for the community and for growth of the region that Newcastle continues to invest in its transport system and infrastructure.
“UGL has been a mainstay of the Newcastle transport industry for over 100 years with our history tracing back to the formation of A. Goninan & Co in 1899. With a proven commitment to local jobs, skills investment and capability development we are pleased to be part of an Australian team ready to deliver this important program for Newcastle and NSW,” Mr Taylor added.
“Since expanding into London and Singapore, Transit Systems has had the opportunity to share the knowledge and experience gained both locally and internationally for the betterment of the group as a whole,” Mr Feuerherdt said
“We see this as an opportunity to bring a global transport network of experience to the Newcastle region, and to review and improve the service offerings for the community, for tax payers and for business,” he said.
Mr Feuerherdt added that Tower Transit has equally benefited from operational excellence and a strong culture developed within its Australian business.
“By successfully expanding into London and Singapore, we have proven that our public transport philosophy works, that we are one of the best in the world at delivering a commuter system that appeals to Government, and most importantly, to the passenger.
“We are incredibly passionate about improving the appeal of public transport and there is no company more experienced at delivering successful transitions, improved scheduling and cost-effective, relevant services. TfNSW recently released data that placed Transit Systems as the number one bus operator in the Sydney region for On Time Running performance since June 2015.
“Our data also shows that we have increased our route service patronage in the Sydney service by 4.5% per annum through proactively reviewing and proposing service changes that more effectively serve the community.
“In Sydney, this has included revising all bus timetables to optimise connectivity and interchange with rail services.
“It’s been a positive outcome to a huge challenge, with nearly all of the 31 bus routes operating via at least two rail stations, and in some cases connecting with up to four stations on a single trip.
Transit Systems also operates the only fully air-conditioned, disabled access fleet in Sydney, a fact Mr Feuerherdt is incredibly proud of.
“We know through engaging with, and seeking feedback from, the communities in which we operate, that to attract more commuters into public transport networks we need to deliver safety, reliability, convenience and comfort.
“We aim to deliver all of these elements across our operations, to ensure that the local community is connected and engaged with the public transport on offer,” he said.
Mr Feuerherdt said the company aimed to service contracts locally, as evidenced by its business model which sees each contract region serviced by an independent arm of the company in that state, with its own General Manager.
“We invest heavily into the communities in which we operate, resourcing local employees and building new infrastructure as required, while giving the business the full support of a global operation.
“There’s an opportunity here for a globally experienced, Australian owned company to help deliver what the community needs in order to boost economic outcomes for the region, assisting to regenerate activity in the CBD and encourage new developments with an efficient and sustainable transport model in place,” he said.
Transit Systems has an exceptional reputation in the transport provider industry, developing and delivering effective transport systems, procuring vehicles and overseeing delivery, maintenance and ongoing operations.
Transit Systems operates public bus contracts in four Australian states and territories, with a fleet of 1,180 buses carrying 55 million people in Perth, Adelaide, Sydney and Darwin.
Tower Transit operates 650 buses in London and Cambridge and carries over 115 million passengers a year.
Tower Transit entered the London market through the purchase of an underperforming bus business in central London in 2013 with services under contract to Transport for London (TfL).
In this short time, Tower Transit has transformed it into an industry leader demonstrated by being shortlisted as the Bus Operator of the Year in the 2015 London Transport Awards.
More recently, Tower Transit was awarded the first competitively tendered bus contract in Singapore by the Land Transport Authority (LTA). Tower Transit will operate 26 bus services in Singapore with an initial fleet of 380 buses.
UGL is an ASX listed diversified provider of end-to-end outsourced engineering, asset management and maintenance services with a diversified end-market exposure across core sectors of rail, transport & technology systems, power, resources, water and defence. The business has annual revenue in excess of $2.3 billion, employing over 7,000 people (including subcontractors) across Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia.