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Current Bus Contracts/Renewals

Postby ScaniaK320 » Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:48 pm

I have heard from a very good source that the current bus contracts with all contractors will now be up for tender.
The last day of the current contract is the 30/6/2019. No extension is being granted to any contractor

This will affect
Light-City Buses
SouthLink Buses
Torrens Transit

This should make for interesting times ahead :D
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Re: Current Bus Contract

Postby jibb » Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:41 pm

The current bus contracts have an option to renew for a further 3 years from next year, so I can't see new tenders being called next year.
You can't just change a contract mid-stream.
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Re: Current Bus Contract

Postby Torrens_5022 » Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:39 pm

An option to renew is not a given. Have the bus companies met the goals set out? No not always. Not from SA but QLD - https://www.forgov.qld.gov.au/extend-an ... -contracts
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Re: Current Bus Contract

Postby Skexis » Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:19 am

ScaniaK320 wrote:I have heard from a very good source

Define "very good source". And if they're that good how is it you know about it?
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Broadspectrum not renewing contract.

Postby jibb » Fri Feb 23, 2018 3:10 pm

5AA talk back announcer Leon Byner has posted on Twitter that this company will not be renewing its contract when it runs out in June next year.
Obviously because of the low tender price,they are not making any money on the contract.
This will open up the field-will be interesting to see which companies apply?
Wonder if Torrens Transit will try again to win the 2 contract areas back?
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Re: Broadspectrum not renewing contract.

Postby jibb » Sat Feb 24, 2018 6:57 am

Apparently the Government has decided that all existing bus contracts will not be extended in June 2019. New tenders will be opened, and companies interested can tender for the different contract areas.
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Re: Current Bus Contracts/Renewals

Postby 1whoknows » Sat Feb 24, 2018 3:25 pm

This all of course assumes that this weeks government is still in power come easter time, which may not necessarily be the case. So I shouldn't get too excited at this rather early juncture.
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Re: Current Bus Contracts/Renewals

Postby jibb » Sat Feb 24, 2018 3:38 pm

1whoknows wrote:This all of course assumes that this weeks government is still in power come easter time, which may not necessarily be the case. So I shouldn't get too excited at this rather early juncture.

There will be changes to contracts and possibly a new contractor irrespective of who is in power!
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Re: Current Bus Contracts/Renewals

Postby Skexis » Sun Feb 25, 2018 1:54 pm

And just to clarify this thread a bit the tweet and company referred to are here and reads as follows:

"Leon Byner @LeonByner5AA Feb 22
We understand broad spectrum who operate light city buses will not be renewing their contract with the govt. this happens mid next year. Employees will now be contemplating their futures"
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Re: Current Bus Contracts/Renewals

Postby ScaniaK320 » Mon Feb 26, 2018 7:20 am

So, as you can read and see, my source is correct.
Regardless of who is in power after the election the tenders will be open.

So now we just sit back with the popcorn and watch the fun.
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Re: Current Bus Contracts/Renewals

Postby Eurostar » Tue Feb 27, 2018 9:04 am

Any chance Serco will try again ?
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Re: Current Bus Contracts/Renewals

Postby ScaniaK320 » Tue Feb 27, 2018 1:34 pm

I don't think so.
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Re: Current Bus Contracts/Renewals

Postby Skexis » Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:27 am

ScaniaK320 wrote:So, as you can read and see, my source is correct

It's a bit late to now claim that as your source and if indeed it was why were you so cryptic in your original post? Also, given Broadspectrum/LCB are the only company mentioned why do you assume it's open season on everything?
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Re: Current Bus Contracts/Renewals

Postby Crispy! » Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:11 pm

Eurostar wrote:Any chance Serco will try again ?


I guess we might hear about some tenders from well known companies then maybe CDC or Transdev?

I guess it doesn’t really matter which company has it there is always advantages and disadvantages its always been that way since privatisation happened.
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Re: Current Bus Contracts/Renewals

Postby oncewas » Wed Feb 28, 2018 6:24 pm

Maybe it's a case of a new broom sweeps clean!!
My hope if there is a change or changes to service providers, that they look after their drivers better.
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Re: Current Bus Contracts/Renewals

Postby homer9000 » Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:31 am

just do not give them to uber where lcb and southlink operate i would sooner buy me a cheap korean buzz box to drive to work and get about in than use a mafia mob style transport service.
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Re: Current Bus Contracts/Renewals

Postby Douglas » Wed Apr 25, 2018 4:14 pm

homer9000 wrote:just do not give them to uber where lcb and southlink operate i would sooner buy me a cheap korean buzz box to drive to work and get about in than use a mafia mob style transport service.


The chances of Uber applying for, and being the chosen operator for, a tender to operate buses is approximately zero given how they do not operate any kind of bus service at all and seem to have no desire to do so.
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Re: Current Bus Contracts/Renewals

Postby homer9000 » Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:37 am

thank god for that.but i am hoping lcb should take over the east and north eastern areas plus parts of the western suburbs.a return to an athelstone 576/577/179 mix is in order even if it means cutting the h30(old 105 from memory)to as far as the shops at newton.
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Re: Current Bus Contracts/Renewals

Postby jibb » Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:50 am

homer9000 wrote:thank god for that.but i am hoping lcb should take over the east and north eastern areas plus parts of the western suburbs.a return to an athelstone 576/577/179 mix is in order even if it means cutting the h30(old 105 from memory)to as far as the shops at newton.

Light-City Buses will finish up on 30th June 2019,which means there is a good chance that we will have new companies vying for contracts.
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Re: Current Bus Contracts/Renewals

Postby Eagle Eye » Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:55 am

jibb wrote:Light-City Buses will finish up on 30th June 2019,which means there is a good chance that we will have new companies vying for contracts.

This is when all current contracts "end", however all companies have the option of a 4-year extension should they and the government agree to continue.
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Re: Current Bus Contracts/Renewals

Postby Fleet Lists » Mon Apr 30, 2018 2:01 pm

But it is believed that LCB have already advised that the do not wish to renew. See earlier in this thread. And also that the Government wishes to go to tender and not take up the renew option.
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Re: Current Bus Contracts/Renewals

Postby jibb » Mon Apr 30, 2018 2:44 pm

Also it is quite likely that we will see some different contract areas to what currently exists!
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Re: Current Bus Contracts/Renewals

Postby ScaniaK320 » Tue May 08, 2018 12:23 pm

Broadspectrum will cease as if the 1/7/2018.
Light-City Buses will be run by Transit Systems Australia for the remaining 12 months of the current contract.
All staff at Light City Buses staff were informed today.
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Re: Current Bus Contracts/Renewals

Postby jibb » Tue May 08, 2018 1:07 pm

ScaniaK320 wrote:Broadspectrum will cease as if the 1/7/2018.
Light-City Buses will be run by Transit Systems Australia for the remaining 12 months of the current contract.
All staff at Light City Buses staff were informed today.

With a combined fleet of around 700 buses and 7 depots it makes TSA's contract here one of its biggest.
Will be interested to see what changes it makes-if any?
Will it bring back the J1 from Elizabeth/City/Airport/Glenelg?
Will it bring back some of the Athelstone services to operate via the O-Bahn?

Interesting times ahead--never a dull moment!
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Re: Current Bus Contracts/Renewals

Postby TA3001 » Tue May 08, 2018 2:27 pm

Sounds very interesting. I wonder if Newton depot will get any 200s or even G22X runs? Will Wingfield depot remain operational?
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