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Trans-Tasman team rolls out rail project

Trans-Tasman team rolls out rail project

Alex Guy

A major firm and an in-house team have advised on a new contract to maintain rail networks in Wellington, New Zealand.

Firms: DLA Piper (Greater Wellington Regional Council); Simpson Grierson (Transdev Wellington)

Deal: Greater Wellington Rail, a subsidiary of the regional council, has awarded a metro rail contract to Transdev Wellington.

Value: Undisclosed

Area: Government

Key players: The DLA Piper team was led by Brisbane-based Asia Pacific transport head Alex Guy (pictured), with support from partners Peter Leman and Brendan Meech, consultant Brian Bray, senior associates Kim Broadbent, Nicola Daly, Brendan Hanvey and Bing Wang, as well as solicitors Kate McKenzie and Hamish Anderson.

Deal significance: The new partnership between Transdev and Greater Wellington Regional Council is the first performance-based partnering contract in Wellington under its new public transport operating model, according to a statement from DLA Piper.

Transdev operates Auckland’s train services, as well as ferries in Brisbane, ferries, light rail and buses in Sydney, and buses in Melbourne and Perth.

Transdev has also partnered with Hyundai Rotem, the manufacturer of Wellington’s trains, to provide for maintenance of the rolling stock.

Greater Wellington Regional Council chair Chris Laidlaw said ratepayers would expect to see value for money improve due to the new contract.

“This is the first public transport contract in the Wellington region that is truly performance-based and drives true partnering,” he said.

“And it is just the beginning – the council will follow with new bus services and contracts over the next two years. We will continue to see improvements and real value for money.”


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