Transport for Greater Manchester chief executive Jo Lamonte has been appointed as the new chief of Sydney Metro – the biggest public transport project in Australia.
Prior to his move into 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 10-year capital investment program in equipment and infrastructure and leading strategic reviews of the Royal Navy.
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 central business district 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 South Wales transport minister Andrew Constance said: “As chief executive of Transport for Greater Manchester since 2013, Jon has been responsible for delivering the largest transport capital programme 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.
“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.”
Lamonte will start his new role later this year.