Maguire dismisses concern about contracts

MEMBER for Wagga Daryl Maguire has brushed aside concerns about NSW TrainLink awarding new contracts to a Victorian-based company.

The new contracts will see Wagga-based company Makehams Coaches lose their routes linking XPT services to Dyson’s Bus Charter.

Mr Maguire said the new contracts have a stronger customer focus with performance standards to be achieved.

“This is a big win for public transport in regional NSW,” he said.

“The new contracts require operators to not only meet the same levels of service as today, but provide better outcomes for customers travelling longer distances,” Mr Maguire said.

The contracts for coach services cover the state and Makehams had previously held three services for seven years and one for 12.

Beginning from January 1, Dyson’s will operate the Griffith to Wagga and the Tumbarumba to Wagga services for the next five years.

It will mean significant changes for Makehams, which has already shed 10 jobs.

Mr Maguire said members of parliament had no influence or power over the departmental tender decisions.

“A competitive tender means it’s open to all-comers and if they meet the requirements then that’s the transport department’s decision,” he said.

“Business is tough … we’re in a very competitive world.”

Mr Maguire said he had been contacted by Makehams who said they had lost the tender “fair and square and will move on”.

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