In July 2017, Keolis started operating the iconic networks of Newcastle (Australia), Manchester (UK) and Foothill Transit (Los Angeles County –USA). These three launches consolidate the expertise of Keolis in multimodality and its position as a privileged partner of cities in transformation, both in France and abroad.
Newcastle, the first multimodal network in Australia to be delegated to a private operator
In July 2017, Keolis, through its Australian subsidiary Keolis Downer, began operation and maintenance of the multimodal transport network of the city of Newcastle, Australia. The ten-year contract will generate a cumulative turnover of €312 million. Located north of Sydney, Newcastle is a city of 360,000 inhabitants undergoing extensive urban renewal. By winning the contract in December 2016, Keolis became the first private operator in the country to operate an integrated multimodal transport network.
As part of this contract, Keolis Downer has teamed up with Transport for New South Wales to operate this major public transport system, which integrates existing bus and ferry services as well as the future tram network scheduled for 2019.
Keolis is thus strengthening its presence in Australia. Through a joint venture with Downer, a major provider of engineering, transport and infrastructure services in Australia and New Zealand, the Group has been consolidating its expertise in the country since 2009. Thanks to its 4000 employees, Keolis currently ensures more than 250 million journeys per year. N°1 for buses and trams, the Group operates more than 1,100 buses and 500 trams as well as 25 light rail services and two ferries.
With the Metrolink network in Manchester, UK, Keolis strengthens its leading position in trams
The month of July was also marked by the start of operation of Manchester’s tram network in the UK. In January 2016, Transport for Greater Manchester entrusted KeolisAmey, a joint venture between Keolis (60%) and the British company Amey (40%), with the operation and maintenance of the UK's largest tram network: Manchester Metrolink.
The operation of this iconic network, which includes 7 lines, 96 km of track and 93 stations, represents an excellent opportunity for Keolis to strengthen its leading position in trams.
KeolisAmey, which already operates the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) network in London, thereby provides its proven expertise in mass transit to the 37 million passengers travelling on the Manchester network each year.
Keolis commences operation of a "green" bus network in the County of Los Angeles, South California
Since 1 July 2017, Keolis, through its subsidiary Keolis Transit America (KTA), has ensured the operation and maintenance of the Los Angeles County bus system in southern California. As part of this contract, Keolis is working in collaboration with Foothill Transit, the county’s second largest operator. Foothill Transit, committed to sustainable mobility, currently carries out 14 million journeys per year and operates a fleet of 139 buses, of which 14 are 100% electric, notably operating in downtown Los Angeles.
With this eight-year contract, Keolis consolidates its expertise in sustainable mobility and, with its partner Foothill Transit, offers a new way forward for sustainable development in North America.
Jean-Pierre Farandou, President of the Keolis Group:
"As a pioneer in multimodality, Keolis supports cities in creating sustainable and shared mobility for everyday life. By developing solutions tailored to the needs of each individual, the Group helps to enhance the appeal of every region. Today, the ambition of a mobility integrator such as Keolis is to design smart solutions for mass transit while continuing to customise its transport offer to create a mobility model on a more human scale."
Keolis is one of the world’s leading public transport operators. The company is majority owned (70%) by the French state railway SNCF, the other shareholder being Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ). Present in 16 countries* with 56,000 employees, Keolis operates ten different transport modes (including automated metros, trams, trains, buses, ferries, bicycles and private driver services) and develops tailored mobility solutions for each of its networks. The Group offers solutions and services via its subsidiary, Kisio. It is also the second leading car park operator in France thanks to its subsidiary EFFIA.
In 2015, Keolis transported 3 billion passengers and generated €5 billion in revenue.
*Originally established in France, Keolis has expanded its operations to Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, India, Middle East, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, UK and USA.