Keolis Downer

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Keolis Downer
Joint venture
Industry Public transport
Founded 30 November 2009
Area served
Australia
Products Bus & tram operator
Owner Keolis
Downer Rail

Keolis Downer is a joint venture between Keolis and Downer Rail that operates bus and tram services in Australia.

History[edit]

Keolis Downer commenced trading on 30 November 2009, when the joint venture commenced operating the Yarra Trams franchise on the Melbourne tram network.[1] The contract is for eight years contract, with an option to extend for a further seven years. KDR continue to operate under the Yarra Trams name that had been used by TransdevTSL.[2][3][4]

On 21 July 2014, Keolis Downer commenced operating the G:link tram operation on the Gold Coast.[4][5]

In March 2015, Keolis Downer purchased bus operator Australian Transit Enterprises which operates the Hornibrook Bus Lines, Link SA, Path Transit and SouthLink operations with 930 buses.[6]

Keolis Downer also unsuccessfully bid to operate the Melbourne Metropolitan Bus[7][8] and Sydney Light Rail franchises.[9][10]

The joint venture is part of the ACTivate consortium, one of two consortia in the running to build and operate Canberra's Capital Metro light rail.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Melbourne tram and train operators selected Railway Gazette International 25 June 2009
  2. ^ New train, tram operators for Melbourne The Age 25 June 2009
  3. ^ KDR starts as new Yarra Trams operator Downer Group 30 November 2009
  4. ^ a b Keolis Australia Keolis
  5. ^ The Consortium G:link
  6. ^ Operator ATE Sold Australasian Bus & Coach 11 March 2015
  7. ^ Public Transport Victoria announces shortlist for Melbourne metropolitan bus franchise Public Transport Victoria 24 August 2012
  8. ^ First Group named in Melbourne’s final five Australasian Bus & Coach 27 August 2012
  9. ^ Tender out to deliver and operate Sydney's Light Rail Network Transport New South Wales 7 March 2014
  10. ^ Three shortlisted for Sydney light rail PPP International Railway Journal 20 February 2014