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Group News: Transdev & John Holland Win World’s Largest Tramway Network Contract

By July 11, 2024 News
July 11, 2024

Group News: Transdev & John Holland Win World’s Largest Tramway Network Contract

The Transdev Group, headquartered in France, is excited to announce they have recently been awarded the nine-year contract to operate and maintain Yarra Trams, Melbourne’s tramway network – the world’s largest tramway network. This contract is scheduled to start December 2024, and is in place with their joint venture partner John Holland (the John Holland Group is an infrastructure, building, rail and transport business operating in Australia and New Zealand).

“I would like to pay tribute to the commitment and professionalism of the Transdev and John Holland teams that led to this victory. This new contract also signals the strengthening of our activities in Australia, where we already operate a large number of modes of transport: tramway, bus, coach and ferries,” stated Thierry Mallet, Chairman and CEO of Transdev Group.

Besides being one of the oldest light rail networks (created in 1885), Yarra Trams is also the largest in the world. It comprises 24 lines over 250 km (~155 miles) of double track and 1,600 stops, covering the capital of the State of Victoria, which has a population of 5.3 million. With more than 500 trams, it carries more than 147 million passengers per year. One hundred Next-Generation Trams, with a capacity of 150 passengers per vehicle, will be added to the existing fleet from 2025.

“We are very proud and enthusiastic about the Victorian Government’s decision. The trust placed in us as part of this Transdev and John Holland joint venture is a great honor. We will be focusing on performance and customer experience. We will also be paying close attention to ensuring a seamless transition for both our passengers and Yarra Trams staff,” underlined Antoine Colas, CEO International of Transdev Group.

Transdev and John Holland also jointly operate buses in Sydney’s Region 9 (south and east).