Eight out of 10 firms make the shortlist for Loyang bus package

SBS buses and drivers at Pasir Ris bus interchange.
SBS buses and drivers at Pasir Ris bus interchange. PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

SINGAPORE - The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has shortlisted eight out of the 10 bidders that are tendering for the second government bus contract.

According to its website, two consortiums - Jiaoyun Group Corporation and Travel GSH, and the Kok Tong Transport & Engineering Works and Jinan Public Transportation Corporation - did not make the shortlist.

The price bids by the eight companies for the five-year contract ranged from $497.7 million, submitted by Britain's The Go-Ahead Group, to $631.4 million, which was put in by Australia's Busways Group.

The eight bidders and their price submissions are:

1. Busways Group (Australia) - $631.4 million

2. Keolis SA (France) - $535.2 million

3. RATP Dev Transdev Asia (France) - $603.7 million

4. SBS Transit - $545.9 million

5. SMRT Buses - $598.1 million

6. The Go-Ahead Group (Britain) - $497.7 million

7. Tian San Shipping (Singapore) and Kumho Construction & Engineering (South Korea) - $569.9 million

8. Woodlands Transport Holdings - $532.5 million

The tender is expected to be awarded in the fourth quarter of 2015. The winning firm will start running the 25 services in the Punggol and Pasir Ris area, called the Loyang package, from the second half of 2016.

Of these 25 routes, three new routes and 22 are now operated by SBS Transit.