Go-Ahead consortium qualifies to bid for Melbourne’s tram franchise

Posted: 9 June 2023 | | No comments yet

Go-Ahead consortium qualifies to bid for Melbourne’s Yarra Trams franchise, with a key focus on enhancing passenger experiences, operations and creating employment opportunities for under-represented groups.

Go-Ahead consortium qualifies to bid for Melbourne's tram franchise

Credit: Yarra Trams

Kinetic has announced that a consortium consisting of Go-Ahead, Kinetic, Globalvia and Acciona is one of the three qualified participants vying for the Yarra Trams franchise in Melbourne, Victoria. The consortium has successfully qualified to bid for the rights to operate and maintain the iconic tram network.

This opportunity represents the largest light rail contract globally and includes a vast network of 25 routes, 250km of double track, over 500 trams and more than 1600 stops, serving more than 200 million passenger trips annually.

In the upcoming months, each participant will develop proposals that focus on enhancing passenger experiences by improving reliability, safety, accessibility and the provision of real-time information. These proposals must also demonstrate how operational performance requirements will be met and exceeded, while also improving asset management and project delivery.

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In addition, the participants will be required to showcase their commitment to providing employment opportunities for under-represented groups such as women, long-term unemployed individuals, young people, single parents and other priority job seekers.

Starting from late 2024, the new contract term will introduce improved ticketing options and customer information for tram passengers, with a particular emphasis on real-time information.

According to Kinetic, the ongoing procurement process will not impact current passengers or the existing employees of Melbourne’s tram network. The transition to the new operator will be seamless, ensuring the continued operation and service of the tram network for the people of Melbourne.

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