Sydney Metro has appointed a new Chief Executive responsible for delivering Australia’s biggest public transport project.

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Andrew Constance, said new CEO Jon Lamonte has significant experience in the rail and transport industries, currently serving as the Chief Executive of Transport for Greater Manchester.

“As Chief Executive of Transport for Greater Manchester since 2013, Jon has been responsible for delivering the largest transport capital program outside of London, including expansion of the public transport network, smart ticketing solutions and a range of new interchanges.

“He was previously CEO of Tube Lines, a Private Public Partnership company responsible for the upgrading of three London tube lines,” Mr Constance said.

Prior to his move to transport Jon served in the Royal Air Force (RAF), attaining the rank of Vice-Air Marshal.

“During his military service, Jon was in charge of the largest RAF base in the UK with his responsibilities including operations, aircraft fleet and training, in addition to developing a ten year capital investment program in equipment and infrastructure and leading strategic reviews of the Royal Navy.

“As the Chief Executive of Sydney Metro, Jon will be responsible for delivering a world-class metro railway service for customers.

“Jon’s experience leading customer-focused organisations in infrastructure delivery, and the management of complex multimodal transport systems run by private operators, makes him ideally suited to lead Sydney Metro,” Mr Constance said.

Established in July 2018, Sydney Metro is an operating agency owned by the NSW Government.

Sydney Metro opens in the second quarter of next year in the city’s north west, then extending into the CBD and beyond to Bankstown. In 2024, Sydney will have 31 Sydney Metro stations and 66km of new metro rail, with a new metro train every four minutes in each direction during the peak.

New metro rail will also link the Sydney CBD to Parramatta and Westmead. The railway servicing the new Western Sydney Airport will be also developed and delivered by Sydney Metro.

Mr Lamonte will commence in the role later in 2018.

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