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Eversheds keep Transport for Greater Manchester’s light rail system on the right track

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    19-01-2017

    Eversheds advised Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) on the procurement process of its new operator, KeolisAmey, a joint venture partnership of UK public transport operator, Keolis, and infrastructure asset management specialist, Amey.

    On 16 January 2017, Eversheds completed on the Metrolink Project for TfGM as they selected KeolisAmey to operate and maintain the Manchester Metrolink light rail system.

    KeolisAmey will run Greater Manchester’s iconic Metrolink network, now the largest of its kind in the UK and strategically important to the economy of Greater Manchester, from July 2017 for a term of up to ten years - taking over from current operators and maintainers, RATP Dev and MPT. KeolisAmey will inherit a fleet of 120 modern trams that offer free Wi-Fi to passengers, and the Trafford Park Line extension, which is now under construction and expected to be operational by 2020/21.

    The commencement of the contract comes in the same year as Metrolink’s silver jubilee and the completion of the Second City Crossing, a crucial piece in a transformational expansion programme that has already trebled the size of the original network.

    Eversheds has been involved in the project from its outset, advising on all legal aspects of the procurement. Key features of the contract include the creation of more than 300 jobs, a major focus on improving operational reliability and customer service and security, as well as a commitment to source a minimum of 40% of supplier contracts within 25 miles of Greater Manchester.

    The Eversheds team was led by partner Jackie Heeds working alongside partner Anne Harris and associate Aneliese Bayley. Specialist procurement advice came from partner Bridgette Wilcox. Associates Sasha Fasolilli and Chris Basford also advised on the deal. Support was provided across the firm from teams including real estate, data protection, construction, employment and colleagues in Eversheds’ Paris office.

    Jackie Heeds, partner at Eversheds commented:

    “Metrolink has made a notable contribution to Greater Manchester’s economic growth and this procurement brings with it a really promising future for the regional transport system and the continually growing economy. This has been rewarding work and we look forward to supporting growth further in the future.”

    Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the TfGM Committee, said:

    “After investing so heavily in transforming the infrastructure, this was always going to be a pivotal appointment without compromise. Eversheds worked closely with us to ensure we found a partner that could offer a long-term, affordable commitment to providing a world-class service. The delivery of the network’s expansion in recent years has brought great change and we are grateful to Eversheds for guiding us through the process seamlessly. The future looks very positive indeed.”

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