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$6.8B contract signed for world’s largest tram network

New operator Yarra Journey Makers, a newly formed Joint Venture between Transdev and John Holland has been selected to operate and maintain Melbourne’s 250-kilometre tram network for an initial term of nine years, beginning this December.

New operator Yarra Journey Makers, a newly formed Joint Venture between Transdev and John Holland has been selected to operate and maintain Melbourne’s 250-kilometre tram network for an initial term of nine years, beginning this December.

This represents a $6.8 billion contract to operate the world’s largest tram network, which manages 500 trams, 1600 tram stops, 24 routes and more than 250 kilometres of double track.

The new contract has a focus on performance, with strict benchmarks and more monitoring points across day and night services – holding the operator to account to deliver reliable services, while making sure the right tram is used for the right trip.


 

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The agreement will also roll out more accessible Next Generation Trams which will replace the longer serving high floor fleets – further modernising Melbourne’s transport network.

During the contract term, new technology will be rolled out to provide passengers more consistent information in real time, including possible alternative transport options during disruptions and tailored updates for blind and low vision passengers in large text and text to speech.

Melbourne’s tram network transports more than 147 million passenger trips each year.

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