Keolis confirms its global leadership in automated metro with a new contract in China

After being awarded the operating contract for Shanghai’s first automated metro line in April 2016, Keolis has now been chosen to operate a second line which will connect all four terminals at Pudong International Airport in Shanghai, starting in 2019. The new contract confirms the Group’s position as a world leader in automated metro and reinforces Keolis’ presence in the Asian mass transit market.

Keolis named the future operator of Pudong International Airport’s automated metro for 20 years 

Shanghai Keolis (http://shkeolis.com/fr), the joint venture created in June 2014 between Shanghai Shentong Metro (51%) and Keolis, was awarded the operating contract for the future automated metro line at Pudong International Airport on 29 September 2017. The 20-year contract consists of an initial 5-year phase which will begin in June 2019, followed by a second contract for the remaining 15 years. The contract confirms Keolis’ success in China, where the Group is currently preparing to launch Shanghai’s first automated metro line, by the end of 2017
 

Simplifying the increasing number of journeys made by airline passengers

The Shanghai automated metro line is being managed at the same time as the Pudong International Airport extension project, one of the two airports in Shanghai managed by the Shanghai Airport Authority (http://en.shairport.com). The airport hopes to increase its current capacity of 60 million passengers per year to 80 million passengers, by adding two new terminals (S1 and S2). The future metro line managed by Keolis will connect the two new terminals to the two existing terminals (T1 and T2). 
 

A train every four minutes

With 7.8km of track and running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the new line will transport 250,000 passengers per day. It will be equipped with Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) technology, based on WiFi communication between the vehicle and the computers controlling traffic. By using this technology, the metro will offer passengers higher service frequencies, meaning there will be a train every four minutes during peak periods. 
 

A train every four minutes

With 7.8km of track and running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the new line will transport 250,000 passengers per day. It will be equipped with Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) technology, based on WiFi communication between the vehicle and the computers controlling traffic. By using this technology, the metro will offer passengers higher service frequencies, meaning there will be a train every four minutes during peak periods. 
 

Recognition of Keolis’ unique expertise in automated metro

This new contract, key to Keolis’ international development, enhances the Group’s reputation as a world leader in automated metro. Keolis has been a pioneer of automated metro since the launch of the world’s first fully automated metro in Lille, France, in 1983. Today, all mobility players consider this mode of transport vital to the development of the world’s rapidly growing metropolises. In addition to Lille, the Group currently operates automated metros in both Lyon and Rennes, where it is set to launch a second line in 2020. Keolis also operates the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) network in London. Together, these four networks account for more than 450 million passengers per year. 
 

Keolis pursuing the Asian market with automated metro 

The project also confirms Keolis’ solid integration in Asia. With automated metro expertise gained first in France then in the United Kingdom, the Group was able to win the confidence of local public transport authorities, as evidenced by the two symbolic launches to take place between now and the end of the year 2017. Besides the launch of Line 8 Phase 3 (Pujiang Line) of the Shanghai metro which is expected to carry 73,000 passengers per year, the Group will soon be launching the Hyderabad automated metro in India. Once fully operational, this metro will consist of three lines and will carry an estimated 1.5 million passengers per day. Keolis will therefore be launching its first two automated metro lines in Asia within a few days of each another. However they surely won’t be the last, thanks to the automated metro’s ability to respond to mobility challenges in the continent’s mega-cities.