Alstom wins Melbourne rail contract

Alstom has won a contract worth 330 million Euros to maintain the infrastructure and fleet of the newly expanded Connex rail network in Melbourne, Australia.

Alstom has managed the infrastructure and fleet of the Connex Melbourne network since 1999. Prior to the awarding of the new franchise, which takes effect on 18 April 2004 and runs to April 2009, the Connex assets managed by Alstom included 240 kilometres of track with the related infrastructure and a fleet of 74 six-car trains.

Under the new contract, Alstom will be responsible for the maintenance of 830 kilometres of track and overhead wiring, 208 stations and car parks, 69 three-car Hitachi trains and 40 three-car X’TRAPOLIS trains.

Alstom will manage fleet maintenance, whilst an Alstom -Connex joint venture will manage infrastructure maintenance.