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
Downer Rail
Subsidiaries G:link
Hornibrook Bus Lines
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 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 (ATE) which operates the Hornibrook Bus Lines, Link SA, Path Transit and SouthLink operations with 930 buses.[6] ATE's subsidiaries were reorganised to be directly under the control of Keolis Downer, while Australian Transit Enterprises became defunct.

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.


  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