Baker McKenzie's client, Keolis Downer secured a 10 year contract with Transport for NSW to operate a new, integrated public transport system for the city of Newcastle. Keolis Downer is a joint venture between Downer EDI and France's Keolis.

Newcastle Transport will integrate network planning with the local operation and maintenance of the city’s buses, ferries, future light rail and interchanges.

Baker McKenzie lead partner on the deal and practice head of the Australian Infrastructure practice, Chris Saxon stated: "We were delighted to act for Keolis Downer in achieving a great outcome. The negotiated contract involved many complex stakeholder interests which needed to be navigated successfully."

According to press reports, this contract is the first multi-modal transport system to be contracted to the private sector in Australia.

Keolis Downer is Australia’s largest private provider of multi-modal public transport services, providing over 210 million passenger trips each year. It is the largest light rail operator in Australia, operating and maintaining Yarra Trams in Melbourne and G: Link on the Gold Coast. Keolis Downer is also one of Australia’s most significant bus operators with operations in Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland.

Chris was assisted by partner, Bryony Binns and special counsel, Franco Aversa; and senior associate,  Lucas Tyszkiewicz.


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