Metro Trains has terminated its contract with the cleaning contractor accused of paying secret kickbacks to one of its managers.
Chief Executive of Metro Trains Raymond O’Flaherty said on Friday he had given notice to Transclean that its agreement was being terminated and a new cleaner sought.
The move comes after the last day of public hearings for the Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission’s Operation Esperance about alleged misconduct relating to Melbourne’s trains.
The investigation has revealed carriages were not cleaned properly during the city’s first wave of coronavirus, an issue Mr O’Flaherty said would be rectified with a new cleaner.
Transclean managing director George Haritos was questioned for a second time on Friday at IBAC and repeatedly denied all wrongdoing, even after listening to damning tapped phone calls with Metro Trains manager Peter Bollas and V/Line chief James Pinder.
Counsel assisting the commission Paul Lawrie put to Mr Haritos that