JANUARY ISSUE 353
A successful Keolis Downer bid to operate Newcastle Transport will deliver service improvements for commuters, which is why it was chosen over lower cost bids, the NSW Government announced. Downer also won a $1.7 billion contract to supply new passenger trains for Sydney and maintain them for 25 years. Newcastle Transport will start running bus and ferry services in July 2017, and service changes will start in 2018 to minimise disruption. It will run the light rail when it opens in 2019. Transport workers will be protected, with all State Transit operational staff retaining their jobs under Newcastle Transport.
Every passenger bus in Victoria will be fitted with Perspex security screens and loop barriers to protect drivers from the risk of violent assault following an industry push. It is expected the full rollout of new security screens on about 2000 existing buses will cost an estimated $10 million, to be split evenly between the state authority Public Transport Victoria and operators. All new buses that enter service will also have screens fitted.