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ComfortDelGro lands S$1.13 billion contract to operate rail services in Auckland

Christian Fernsby |
ComfortDelGro has been awarded a S$1.13 billion contract to operate rail services in Auckland, marking the Group’s first foray into the New Zealand land transport market.

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The award of the Auckland Rail Franchise (ARF) by Auckland Transport to Auckland One Rail (AOR) was announced. AOR is a 50:50 joint venture company between ComfortDelGro and UGL Rail Services, an Australian rail operations and maintenance company under the CIMIC Group.

The contract will commence on 16 January 2022 and is for an initial term of eight years with the opportunity for further extensions.

The Auckland Rail network is the largest in New Zealand and comprises four lines representing 185 km of track, 42 stations and 72 three-car electric multiple unit (EMU) trains and eight diesel multiple unit trains. This will grow to 44 stations and 95 EMU trains from the opening of Auckland’s new City Rail Link, which is planned to occur in 2024, and is expected to result in a significant increase in rail patronage. Pre-COVID, the network had an annual ridership of 21 million.

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