Project delivery is the complex task of ensuring an infrastructure project moves from design to reality, on-time and on-budget.
Governments are investing in public transport at record levels to respond to population growth and the resultant strains on quality of life in communities. Public transport authorities face the challenge of delivering the transport infrastructure that is demanded by the community. In addition to securing funding and going through the process of planning approvals, it is vital to secure trusted partners from the private sector who can deliver infrastructure.
As an expert in project delivery, Keolis Downer has the necessary skills, knowledge and processes to ensure a smooth transition from design to delivery, and in nurturing concepts and ambitions to realisation.
Recent Success with Major Projects: Melbourne
In the light rail market in Australia, Keolis Downer has delivered and is delivering, key projects.
These include, in Melbourne, the commissioning and introduction of the E-Class trams, the overhaul of the Preston tram depot and most recently the $230 million Rolling Stock Additional Works (RSAW) project which sees up to 14 trams at a time undergo complex life extensions, refurbishment, deep cleans, overhauls, and system upgrades at the East Preston Depot tram workshop. The project started in 2018 and is expected to have refurbished nearly 450 trams, or 85 per cent of the fleet, in 2024.
On the Gold Coast with project partners GoldlinQ and the Queensland Government, Phase 1 of the Gold Coast light rail (G:link), which was successfully launched in 2014. Phase 2 opened in December 2017 ahead of the Commonwealth Games and now the construction of Stage 3 from Broadbeach South to Burleigh Heads.
The E-Class trams are the latest generation of trams for Melbourne; built by Bombardier Transportation and largely assembled in Melbourne. Keolis Downer is playing a key role in commissioning, testing and introducing the first 50 of these trams onto the network by the end of 2017. We have used experts from Downer and Keolis to help oversee the process, bringing world leaders in rolling stock manufacturing and maintenance to Australia and New Zealand. This team is managing the introduction of the new fleet, the cascading of older trams to other lines on the network, and the embedding of best practice systems and processes.