Keolis Downer

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Keolis Downer
Joint venture
Industry Public transport
Founded 30 November 2009
Headquarters Melbourne
Area served
Australia
Products Bus & tram operator
Owner Keolis (51%)
Downer Rail (49%)
Subsidiaries G:link
Hornibrook Bus Lines
LinkSA
Path Transit
SouthLink
Yarra Trams
Website keolisdowner.com.au

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.

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 operated the Hornibrook Bus Lines, Link SA, Path Transit and SouthLink operations with 930 buses.[6]

On 1 July 2017, Keolis Downer trading as Newcastle Transport will take over the Newcastle Buses & Ferries operation and in 2019 commence operating the Newcastle Light Rail.[7]

Keolis Downer also unsuccessfully bid to operate the Melbourne Metropolitan Bus,[8][9] Sydney Light Rail franchises.[10][11] and Capital Metro light rail.[12]

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