Great progress has been made towards establishing the Wellington Transport Alliance (WTA) which will see two key partners working with Waka Kotahi, along with a range of specialist providers, to deliver a safer, more efficient transport system for the region.
After a robust procurement process, Waka Kotahi has nominated Fulton Hogan as the preferred primary contractor along with WSP as the preferred primary consultant. They’ll start working with Waka Kotahi early next year to develop the new alliance which should be fully operational by July 2022.
To do this successfully, the organisation will also need specialist suppliers and subcontractors on board to help shape and deliver its transport outcomes.
Mark Owen, Waka Kotahi's Regional Manager of Maintenance and Operations for Wellington and top of the South Island, says they have carefully considered the market impacts of this new alliance model and determined that a minimum of 30% of their spend will go to others in the market.
This will ensure more businesses get the opportunity to work with Waka Kotahi and will help sustain a healthy market in Wellington.
"We’ll be scoping the extent of this work in the new year and will provide updates to industry suppliers regarding when these opportunities will come to market via GETS.
"The alliance will bring a more collaborative approach, strengthened relationships and a more efficient way of working resulting in better outcomes for all road users.
"Having a transport alliance in Wellington follows the model that’s been successfully operating in Auckland for more than 12 years, which has seen improved customer focus and network operational efficiencies.
"Thank you for all the great work you’ve done for us over the years and we look forward to working with you in future."