Rotterdam public transport group RET retains franchise

Rotterdam council bus company RET has won the concession to provide bus services in the city but has pledged to cut the budget by 40%, the Financieele Dagblad reports on Wednesday.

Rotterdam, The Hague and Amsterdam are being forced to put their public transport services out to public tender, which the government says will generate savings of €120m.
RET said it can provide bus services similar to current levels for €28m. Competitor Connexxion, which lost out in the tender process, told the Financieele Dagblad this is an ‘uneconomic’ amount and 25% below its own offer.
Rotterdam will also have to put its tram and metro services out to tender from 2016.
The concession runs for the next seven years and will start at the end of 2013.

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