Victorian Department of Transport’s A$1.85 Billion Next Generation Trams Project

Herbert Smith Freehills has advised the Victorian Department of Transport on the deal.

The project comprises an investment in 100 Next Generation Trams to be rolled out from 2025, providing more modern, accessible and energy-efficient tram services to the network, and a proposed new state-of-the-art tram maintenance and stabling facility in Melbourne’s west.

The Victorian Government signed a contract with Bombardier Transportation Australia (recently acquired by Alstom) to design, build and maintain the trams for 15 years, following a competitive tender and evaluation process.

This project is highly significant in delivering the State’s policy objectives to support and scale up Victoria’s manufacturing industry and encourage local supplier participation. It also will help to secure supply chain certainty and Victorian industry resilience.

The Herbert Smith Freehills team was led by projects partner Jim Theodore (Picture) and supported by a multidisciplinary projects team across commercial law, property, planning and heritage, and safety. Our team included partners Erin Wyeth and Juan-Jose Zentner, senior associates Marianna Schneider, Joseph Varghese and Ella Darroch, and solicitors Annabelle Davies, Jeremy Soh and Jade Tam. Our specialist advisers included Heidi Asten, Steve Bell, Emily Peverill, Rachel Foo and Rachel Zagami.

Involved fees earner: Heidi Asten – Herbert Smith Freehills; Steve Bell – Herbert Smith Freehills; Ella Darroch – Herbert Smith Freehills; Emily Peverill – Herbert Smith Freehills; Marianna Schneider – Herbert Smith Freehills; Jim Theodore – Herbert Smith Freehills; Joseph Varghese – Herbert Smith Freehills; Erin Wyeth – Herbert Smith Freehills; Rachel Zagami – Herbert Smith Freehills; Juan-José Zentner – Herbert Smith Freehills;

Law Firms: Herbert Smith Freehills;

Clients: Victorian Department of Transport;

Giulia Di Palma

Author: Giulia Di Palma