By: Fabian Cotter, Photography by: courtesy Transdev Australasia

MARKING ITS FIRST foray into the emerging Kiwi bus market, Transdev Australasia is to buy two key bus operations – one in Auckland, one in Wellington – subject to regulatory approvals, it announced recently.

According to the company, the acquisition is Transdev Australasia’s first extension into the New Zealand bus industry.

After reaching agreement with Souter Investments to purchase Howick and Eastern Buses plus Mana Coach Services, the move signifies Transdev’s confidence in the public transport sector in New Zealand, as more Kiwis move towards more sustainable forms of transport, it explains.

Transdev currently operates train services in Auckland, on behalf of Auckland Transport, and in Wellington, on behalf of the Greater Wellington Regional Council.

Transdev Australasia CEO Luke Agati says the acquisition of these companies provides a great opportunity to strengthen public transport connections in the two cities.

"We aim to offer commuters the best possible transport solutions, and these new acquisitions will mean that we are in a good position to support our clients to improve connections between bus and train services in both Auckland and Wellington," Agati said.

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With its fleet of 145 buses, Howick and Eastern Buses currently operates 23 urban routes on behalf of Auckland Transport. Mana Coach Services’ fleet of 66 buses operates services on behalf of the Greater Wellington Regional Council. Both businesses also provide school and general charter services.

Agati says there are no plans to change the management structure or operation of either business, but rather the focus would be on ensuring a smooth transition and leveraging best practices from local and global operations.


"We have a long history of engaging and partnering with clients and communities in New Zealand, and our goal for the long term is to build on the good work that is being done and grow the networks in both Auckland and Wellington over time," Agati explained.

According to the company, the acquisition is Transdev Australasia’s first extension into the New Zealand bus industry, with the mobility provider currently operating bus services in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane.

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Transdev believes public transport plays an important part in how a city comes to life. Its day-to-day work influences its families, friends and future generations in terms of where they live, work and play, it explains.

Across Australasia, the company has 5,800 people who are passionate about operating its 2,150 vehicles and vessels, which deliver more than 150 million customer journeys each year in both Australia and New Zealand.

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