ComfortDelGro Australia wins Darwin bus service tender

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ComfortDelGro Corp. Australia, a wholly owned subsidiary of ComfortDelGro, has won the Northern Territory government’s tender for a six-year contract as the sole operator of public bus transport services in Darwin, Palmerston, the rural areas and special needs services, the land-transport operator said in a filing to SGX Thursday.

The Darwin and Urban service areas cover a significant part of Northern Territory’s public transport network, with 170 vehicles operating across more than 180 bus routes, with around 5.7 million passengers a year, the filing said. The company said it will add nine new Volvo hybrid buses for the urban routes during the contract period.

The new contract will start from 1 July, with service to operate under the new CDC Northern Territory branding, replacing the current Buslink branding, the filing said.

ComfortDelGro Corp. Australia (CDC) also operates the Alice Springs, Batchelor and Jabiru school services, and the urban bus network in Alice Springs, the filing said.