Transdev Australasia has officially welcomed Howick and Eastern Buses as part of its operations in Auckland, having reached financial settlement to purchase the company from Souter Investments.
This acquisition follows the purchase of Wellington-based Mana Coach Services in October and reflects the global public mobility provider’s confidence in the public transport sector in New Zealand, as more Kiwis move towards more sustainable forms of transport.
Transdev already operates train services in Auckland on behalf of Auckland Transport.
Transdev Australasia CEO Luke Agati said that the acquisition of the companies provides a great opportunity to strengthen public transport connections in New Zealand’s two biggest cities.
“We aim to offer commuters the best possible mobility solutions, and these acquisitions will mean that we are in a good position to support our clients improve connections between bus and train services in both Auckland and Wellington,” Mr Agati said.
With its fleet of 145 buses, Howick and Eastern Buses currently operates 23 urban routes on behalf of Auckland Transport.
The business also provides school and general charter services.