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MTR set to operate London?s Crossrail

<span class="" id="parent-fieldname-description"> Hong Kong-listed transport operator MTR, which runs Melbourne’s metropolitan train network , has been named as preferred operator for Crossrail, London’s new passenger railway. </span> <p>When opened Crossrail will form a 100km railway featuring 42km of new tunnels from west to east across London.</p><p>MTR has been selected by Transport for London (TfL) as the preferred operator for the Crossrail Train Operation Concession, an eight-year agreement, with an option for a further two years, to operate trains on the new network.</p><p>Service will commence in phases from 2015 to 2019.</p><p>MTR Crossrail, the subsidiary set up by MTR to handle the operation, will deliver around 700 timetabled services across 40 Crossrail stations, at a peak timetable frequency of 24 trains per hour.</p><p>The company said the operation will total around 11.4 million train service kilometres each year.</p><p>“MTR and TfL are recognised as two of the world’s leading railway operators and we are delighted to have the opportunity to bring our worldwide capabilities, experience and knowhow to Crossrail, which is truly a 21st century railway for a 21st century London,” MTR’s chief executive Jay Walder said.</p><p>“Crossrail’s success will be finally realised through pioneering and sustaining a culture to deliver world class performance,” he added. “We will work passionately, with TfL, to achieve this as we have in Hong Kong and our international operations including the highly successful London Overground service.”</p><p>As well as running London Overground and the expansive Hong Kong metro network, MTR also operates Stockholm’s metro system and Melbourne’s metro network. It is also set to run Chinese networks in Shenzhen and Beijing, once they are up and running.</p><p>MTR came to operate Melbourne’s network after a successful bid for the contract in 2009. An eight-year contract began on November 30, 2009, and there is an option to extend that contract for an extra seven years once it winds up in 2017.</p><p>But it is MTR’s experience with London Overground that will come in most handy for its operation of Crossrail, according to its chief executive of European Business, Jeremy Long.</p><p>“MTR knows London very well,” Long said. “Over the past seven years, we have developed a strong partnership and collaborative working relationship with TfL and Network Rail through our joint venture operations of London Overground.</p><p>“We will build on these partnerships to establish Crossrail as a railway that provides operational excellence and the highest possible level of customer service for London.”</p>