Keolis Downer franchise agreement sees $230M spent on tram refurbishment

Around 450 Melbourne trams will undergo improvements to improve their reliability as part of the $230 million Tram Refurbishment Project.

The project is part of a new franchise agreement between Keolis Downer and the Victorian Government to give passengers better value for money with more services and greater reliability.Around 450 Melbourne trams will undergo improvements to improve their reliability as part of the $230 million Tram Refurbishment Project.

The new tram contract sees a $30 million increase in annual spending on track and infrastructure maintenance, along with tougher penalties for the operator not meeting targets.

Up to 14 trams will undergo refurbishment at a time, which includes a deep clean of the interior, repainting and in some models, a glass or window film replacement.

The project has 65 per cent local content for materials and services as part of the Victorian Industry Participation Policy.

Acting Premier James Merlino said the move supports local jobs by improving Melbourne’s trams to give passengers a more reliable service.

“These refurbished trams are part of our record investment in Victoria’s transport system to get people where they need to go, sooner,” he said.

“Our tougher new contracts are aimed at giving passengers better value for money, better services, bigger penalties and more investment in maintenance.”


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