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Savings will be made by cutting “back office” staff when operation of Adelaide’s train and tram services moves to the private sector, Transport Minister Stephan Knoll says.
The State Government has continued the public sell of plans it announced on Monday to outsource the driving and operations of the rail networks while maintaining full ownership of infrastructure.
A formal tender document released Tuesday calls for private operators of bus and tram services, to explain how they would cut the cost of delivering services, ensure “fewer under-utilised” routes and achieve “more frequent and faster” travel for commuters.
Mr Knoll said that bringing in international experts to work with the Government would mean that back-office functions, which are currently being duplicated within the public service — such as payroll and middle management — could be eliminated without weakening public service quality.
There remains uncertainty about the fate of train and tram drivers, who would need to seek new employment with whichever company wins the tender.
The tram service is set to operate under private ownership next year, with trains to follow in 2021.
This article first appeared on www.adelaidenow.com.au
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