Andrew is currently leading the procurement of a new rail franchise for Auckland Transport. This includes the design and development of the service scope and specification, commercial framework, contract form and drafting, and the subsequent tendering, negotiation and appointment process for the future rail franchise agreement for the delivery of Auckland’s metro rail services.
The current contract governing metropolitan rail services in Auckland has been in place since 2004, with only minor modifications during that time. Consequently, the operating and commercial model, risk allocation and incentive mechanisms are no longer considered optimal for the purpose of delivering a modern metropolitan rail service in which customers are at the heart.
Development of a new rail franchise provides an opportunity to review how Auckland Transport manages and allocates responsibilities for metropolitan rail services across the region. The current passenger rail operational model is vertically separated with several entities performing different roles. Procurement of a new rail franchise for Auckland provides the opportunity to review and redesign the manner in which rail services are delivered.
The outcomes of a new rail delivery model for Auckland will be reduced organisational interfaces, a more appropriate allocation of risks across the rail system and improved efficiency, customer and safety outcomes.