Passenger Rail

RATP to push into Australian market with joint John Holland bids

John Holland will team up with French operator RATP Dev for operations and maintenance bids for the planned Sydney Metro West and Sydney Metro Greater West projects.

With Sydney Metro’s Northwest line open and construction underway on the extension to the CBD and Southwest, candidates are now lining up for work on the next two projects. Sydney Metro West will connect the Sydney CBD with the Parramatta CBD and Westmead Hospital, while Sydney Metro Greater West is the new name for the rail line to the future Western Sydney Airport.

John Holland and RATP Dev announced they would pair up for operations and maintenance bids for the latter two projects on July 29, with latter company set to open an office in Sydney as its new headquarters in Australia and New Zealand.

“Sydney Metro Greater West will create connections to Western Sydney’s first airport, and Metro West will transform Sydney – more than doubling rail capacity from Parramatta to the Sydney CBD,” John Holland CEO Joe Barr said.

“We want to make sure our proposals to run these projects lead to the most comfortable, reliable and modern service for customers.”

RATP Dev CEO Laurence Batlle said the company, based in Paris, is excited to enter the Australian market for the first time, and would bring with it a wealth of experience in driverless metro operations.

“Our priority is to put the customer first at all times, which is why we will work with John Holland to create a service designed around what passengers want.”