The state government has awarded $1.3 billion in contracts to public transport operator Transdev to continue operating Transperth buses.
Transdev has been selected to operate public transport services in the Fremantle and Rockingham-Mandurah areas for the next 10 years.
The bus service contracts are valued at approximately $1.3 billion and will start on October 2.
Through its local subsidiary Veolia Transdev Perth, Veolia Transport Australasia has operated in Perth since 2004 and was reappointed as the operator of the Fremantle bus network for 10 years in 2012.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the government was committed to ensuring bus drivers were treated with respect and to prevent them from getting locked into taking additional casual and part time work.
“These contracts mark the beginning of a new era of improved job security and permanency arrangements for Transperth bus drivers in the Fremantle and Rockingham-Mandurah areas,” she said.
“Following consultation between the State Government and the Transport Workers Union, new requirements for the provision of more permanent full-time employment opportunities and consultative management arrangements were developed for this tender round.”
Transdev is a French-based company with international operations, including operating more than 400 buses and employing about 800 people in Western Australia.
The company was contracted to operate buses in Fremantle, Rockingham-Mandurah, Perth CAT network and Joondalup but lost the contract to service the Joondalup area to Swan Transit in 2020.
The company also has national and international experience in electric bus operation.