Flagship projects

Melbourne’s 65 High Capacity Metro Trains is the largest order of new trains in Victoria’s history.

The investment also includes a state-of-the-art depot including train maintenance facility, stabling yard, a light service facility and two driver simulators.

The project is being delivered with over 60 per cent local content and will create over 1,100 new jobs. It is being delivered by the Evolution Rail consortium comprising Downer, CRRC Changchun and Plenary, with Downer also providing ongoing maintenance.

The Waratah fleet is the pride of Sydney’s network, delivering unprecedented reliability, availability, safety and comfort. It is Australia’s largest single order of rollingstock.

Downer designed and manufactured the initial order of 78 trains in conjunction with CRRC Changchun, with through-life support managed by Downer at the purpose build Auburn Maintenance Centre.

Downer has further delivered another 24 trains, taking the fleet to 102 with future growth to 119 trains on the back of additional orders from the NSW Government in February 2019. Downer also maintains a further 35 four-car Millennium train sets that were designed, built and commissioned almost two decades ago.

In 2019 Downer was awarded the contract for modification of Queensland’s New Generation Rollingstock (QNGR) fleet, with works taking place out of the historic Maryborough Service Delivery Centre.

The $85 million contract will deliver accessibility upgrades to the entire fleet of 75 trains, including larger toilet units and improved accessibility features for people with disabilities.

At the height of the project eight trains will be upgraded at once. Modification of the fleet is scheduled to commence in late 2019 and continue through to 2024.

Spanning more than 250 km of double track, and employing more than 2,200 people including 1,200 tram drivers and 200 authorised officers and customer service employees, Melbourne's tram network is the largest in the world.

Operated by Keolis Downer, their mantra of 'think like a passenger' guides the team to create the best possible travelling experience for the 3.5 million passengers who use the network every week.

The next 10 years will see Keolis Downer further improve passenger service, operations and asset performance, while delivering more value for money for Victorians.

The Gold Coast's magnificent beach-front light rail service is driving prosperity and growth to one of Australia's largest cities and most popular tourist destinations.

Operated by Keolis Downer, the G:Link runs 14 trams along 13 kilometres with 16 stations from Broadbeach to Gold Coast University Hospital.

Gold Coast passengers notched up 10 million trips in its first 18 months of operation, with an average of more than 20,000 trips per day. The famous Cavill Avenue is home to the busiest station, recording almost 5,000 boardings per day. 

Downer is delivering the infrastructure of the Newcastle Light Rail project and Keolis Downer has been appointed to operate the Newcastle integrated transport system including buses, ferries, light rail and interchanges.

This exciting project will transform and revitalise Newcastle, and builds on Downer's proud history as one of the region's largest employers with over 2,000 staff in various sites.