MTR Australia – Our Businesses

MTR has been participating in the rail industry in Australia through providing consultancy services since 2006. MTR established its first rail franchise business in Australia in 2009 when it partnered with John Holland Group and UGL Rail to take up the operations and maintenance franchise of the Melbourne’s metropolitan train network for an initial term of seven years.

In September 2014, the Northwest Rapid Transit (NRT)# Consortium which MTR is a member was awarded the Operations, Trains and Systems Public-Private Partnership contract for the Sydney Metro Northwest (SMNW) project. The contract covered major parts of the design, construction and financing of the SMNW, as well as the operation and maintenance of the line. At the time SMNW was Australia’s largest public transport project. The 36-km metro line between Tallawong and Chatswood is the country’s first fully automated (driverless) rail service. MTR played a key role in the overall systems integration and delivery of the project as well as taking the leading role in Metro Trains Sydney Pty. Limited to operate the SMNW line which commenced service from May 26 2019.

"The NRT consortium comprises MTR Corporation, Plenary Group, Marubeni, CPDQ, and Pacific Partnerships"

In 2017, the Victorian Government extended the Melbourne metropolitan train concession for a further seven years, covering the period from 2017 to 2024 and included a up to a three-year extension option. MTM’s train network has 15 lines operating across 409km of track with 222 stations.

In December 2019, the NRT Consortium was awarded an extension of the contract by the New South Wales Government to operate and maintain the future Sydney Metro City and Southwest (SMCSW) section. MTR will invest in the project and take the lead in the project works and railway operations of both the City and Southwest and the Metro Northwest Line as a combined single line for a 10- year period starting from 2024, the schedule service commencement of SMCSW section. The full line will be 66 km long with 31 stations

MTR is also currently delivering the TSOM (Trains, Systems, Operations and Maintenance) package for the Sydney Metro City and Southwest. Which when complete in 2024 will integrate and operate (through MTS) a complete network of 31 metro railway stations and a 66km standalone metro railway system.