Melbourne Rail and Tram Franchising Evaluation

Served as an evaluation panel member during the re-franchising process

Client: Victorian Department of Transport

Project Description

Melbourne Rail Lrt

Melbourne’s extensive heavy rail and tram (light rail) systems are operated by private organisations under contract to the Department of Transport. These significant franchise contracts were tendered during 2008 and 2009. The contracts for the incumbents expired in November 2009.

Phillip Boyle served as an evaluation panel member during the re-franchising process. His role on the evaluation team was to provide operations expertise and detailed analysis and assessment of bids.


Phillip Boyle brought to the evaluation process his extensive operational and commercial understanding of public transport operations in reviewing the expressions of interest and operating bids.

In August 2009 the rail franchise was awarded to Metro Trains Melbourne and the tram franchise to Keolis Downer Rail (KDR), replacing the incumbents Veolia (train) and Transdev (tram). New franchise operations commenced in November 2009.

Scope of Works

Key Tasks

Phillip Boyle’s main tasks were to:

  • Participate in the evaluation team to review expressions of interest and comprehensive final operating bids
  • Provide ‘real-world’ operational and strategic insight into and commercial understanding of the solutions proposed by the bidders.

Key Challenges

As part of the evaluation team, Phillip Boyle had to negotiate a comprehensive evaluation process that involved diverse stakeholders with a range of interests, and assist the evaluation panel to make the best decision for future operations of the significant networks.