Keolis Downer

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Keolis Downer
Joint venture
Industry Public transport
Founded 30 November 2009
Headquarters Melbourne
Area served
Products Bus & tram operator
Owner Keolis (51%)
Downer Rail (49%)
Subsidiaries G:link
Hornibrook Bus Lines
Newcastle Transport
Path Transit
Yarra Trams

Keolis Downer is a joint venture between Keolis, the largest private sector French transport group, and Downer Rail, an Australian railway engineering company, that operates bus and tram services in Australia.


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. Having met performance criteria, an extension until November 2024 was negotiated.[2] KDR continue to operate under the Yarra Trams name that had been used by TransdevTSL.[3][4][5]

On 21 July 2014, Keolis Downer commenced operating the G:link tram operation on the Gold Coast.[5][6] In March 2015, Keolis Downer purchased bus operator Australian Transit Enterprises which operated the Hornibrook Bus Lines, Link SA, Path Transit and SouthLink operations with 930 buses.[7]

On 1 July 2017, Keolis Downer trading as Newcastle Transport took over the Newcastle Buses & Ferries operation and in 2019 will commence operating the Newcastle Light Rail.[8]

Keolis Downer also unsuccessfully bid to operate the Melbourne Metropolitan Bus,[9][10] Sydney Light Rail franchises.[11][12] and Capital Metro light rail.[13]