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Five bid for Malta network

Five consortia have been invited to submit tenders to run a new network of bus services in Malta. They include three separate consortia involving names familiar in Britain - Arriva, Transdev and Spanish-based National Express associated company NEX Continental Holdings – plus two Spanish-led groups. There were originally eight short-listed bidders, including the Go-Ahead group.

The Maltese government is setting new standards on vehicle age and environmental performance, saying that from the fourth year of the 10-year contract diesel buses must meet Euro 4 emissions limits. It also proposes electric buses for some routes. The number of buses on the island will be reduced, but improved services will be provided through better vehicle utilisation. The new contract should be awarded by May 2010.

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