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Transdev and John Holland to run world’s largest tram network in Melbourne

Melburnians can expect better tram services with fewer disruptions under Yarra Journey Makers (YJM), a joint venture of Transdev and John Holland.

Yarra Journey Makers (YJM) was today named as the successful bidder to operate and maintain Melbourne’s 250-kilometre tram network for an initial term of nine years, beginning in December.

The joint venture brings unrivalled transport experience through Transdev – a multi-modal operator in Australia and New Zealand – and John Holland, a leading building, infrastructure and end-to-end rail and transport company.

Transdev Australia and New Zealand CEO Brian Brennan said he was proud and excited of the trust placed in YJM to keep Melbourne moving.

“Choosing YJM to run Yarra Trams is a tremendous honour and privilege because the responsibility and opportunities are immense. (...) Our partnership will support the State’s vision of more integrated, sustainable transport for Victoria and the delivery of Melbourne’s Tram Plan. Our focus is performance and customer experience – unlocking smarter ways to move more people, day and night, with the real-time information they need, when they need it.”

John Holland’s Executive General Manager – Rail and Transport Steve Butcher said John Holland was proud to be leveraging its skills and experience in end-to-end rail solutions to write the next chapter for the world’s largest tram network. Mr Butcher said:

“Melburnians deserve a world-class tram network – and we’re proud to be bringing our industry-leading expertise to deliver the best possible passenger experience for this growing city. We’re committed to continuous improvement of the tram network and look forward to operating the fleet of Next Generation Trams, as we deliver the state-of-the-art depot infrastructure that will house them. We also pride ourselves on creating a diverse, inclusive and connected workforce that reflects the people we serve every day.”

YJM has a detailed plan in place for the December changeover which prioritises a seamless transition for customers and the existing workforce.

Source: Transdev

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