John Holland joint venture awarded new 7-year contract to operate and maintain melbourne’s metro trains

John Holland, as part of the Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM) joint venture, has been awarded a further franchise term of seven years to operate the Melbourne rail network – cementing the company’s role in the transformation of Melbourne’s transport system.

The franchise contract is held by a joint venture comprising MTR Corporation (60%), John Holland (20%) and UGL Rail Services (20%), and will transfer to the new contract on November 30, 2017.  John Holland’s share of revenue is expected to be approximately $1.922 billion over the initial seven-year term.

Chief Executive Officer, Joe Barr, said John Holland was proud to be playing a role in shaping the future of Melbourne.

“John Holland is carrying out early works on the Melbourne Metro and has been selected to build the new Metro Tunnels, including over station developments in the heart of the city. We’re also leading major level crossing removal projects, including the delivery of the Mernda Rail Extension,” Joe said.

“While we get on with the job of delivering these huge transformational projects for the people of Melbourne, we understand the need to keep the city moving safely and reliably today.

Executive General Manager – Rail, Gary Seabury, said there is no business better placed than John Holland to understand commuter’s concerns.

“I can assure Melbournians that we understand the importance of getting them to work, home, school and events safely and on time. Melbourne Trains exceeded all its KPIs in the first eight years of operations, but we’ve heard loud and clear that we need to keep lifting the bar,” he said.

“John Holland, together with our partners, is committed to keep putting passengers first, and the new contract includes global best practice and innovative solutions to the running of Melbourne’s train services.”

The new contract follows an eight-year franchise contract which is due to conclude in November 2017. Options to extend the contract term by up to three years as well as any project works other than those already committed and awarded would be in addition to this revenue figure.

Metro Trains Melbourne passengers make over 233 million trips each year across a vast 850-kilometre network.