Keolis, through its Chinese joint-venture Shanghai Keolis, has been awarded its first tram contract in China by Songjiang Tramway.
The five-year contract covers the operations and maintenance of the tram network in the Songjiang District of Shanghai. The network, which connects to Shanghai’s existing metro Line 9, will open in two phases: the first one on 25 December 2018, and the second in mid-2019.
Keolis, which recently opened the first automated driverless metro line in Shanghai and won the contract to operate the automated metro at Shanghai International Airport, reinforces its presence in China and enhances its reputation as a pioneer and world leader in multimodal expertise.
Keolis’ Chinese joint venture, Shanghai Keolis1 was awarded on 6 August 2018, a five-year contract to operate and maintain the first tram network in the Songjiang District, located in the south-west of Shanghai. This new network covers two lines (T1 and T2) with 46 stations, for a total length of 31km. It will facilitate the day to day mobility of the district’s 1.8 million residents.
This network will open in two phases. The first 13.9 kilometres of track, and its 20 stations, is scheduled to open on 25 December 2018. The second will see the full network enter service in mid-2019. It is expected to carry about 170,000 passengers per day, using 30 Citadis trams made by Alstom. Trams will run on average every 10 minutes when the network is first opened. Services will operate from 5am to 11pm and will connect to Line 9 of Shanghai’s metro and to a high speed train service.
This new project is another important milestone for Keolis, and follows the launch of Pujiang Line - the first automated driverless metro in Shanghai - on 31 March 2018, and the contract award for the new rapid transit metro of Shanghai International Airport.
"The Songjiang Tram project is another important milestone for Shanghai Keolis in this enduring partnership between Keolis Group and Shanghai Shentong Metro Group to better address and support growing urban mobility needs in China," said Bernard Tabary, International CEO at Keolis.
Leading the way in public transport, Keolis partners with public decision makers to make shared mobility an asset for cities and their communities. Internationally recognised as the leading operator of trams and automated metros, Keolis adopts an innovative approach with all its partners and subsidiaries (Kisio, LeCab, EFFIA, Keolis Santé and Cykleo) to develop new forms of shared and customised mobility, and reinforce its core business across a range of transport modes including trains, buses, coaches, trolleybuses, shared private hire vehicles, river shuttles, ferries, cycles, car sharing services, electric autonomous vehicles and urban cable cars. In France, Keolis is now the leader in medical transport services through the creation of Keolis Santé in July 2017 and positioned as the number two car park operator, through its subsidiary EFFIA.