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Keolis Downer launches a new extension
to the Gold Coast tram network in Australia
7.3km of additional track for the Gold Coast light rail
Two and a half years after the launch of the Gold Coast light rail, in the state of Queensland on the east coast of Australia, Keolis inaugurated a 7.3km network extension, on 17 December 2017.
This extension is designed to facilitate access to major points of interest in the sixth largest city in Australia (565,000 residents) and is part of a contract awarded to the Group by the state of Queensland in May 2016.
Ready for the 2018 Commonwealth Games
The G:link network (http://ridetheg.com.au), now totalling 20.3km, has also added four new trams and three additional stops. Thanks to this new extension, passengers can now access the Helensvale rail station located in the north of the city and connect to trains servicing Brisbane, the capital of the state of Queensland. Its opening also allows Keolis’ Australian subsidiary, Keolis Downer, to better manage the large numbers of passengers expected to attend the Commonwealth Games, which will take place on the Gold Coast from 4 to 15 April 2018.
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G:link, a network showcasing Keolis’ know-how
G:link is the first greenfield transport project to have been funded by a public-private partnership in Australia and respresents a real operational performance model. With a 97% punctuality and 90% customer satisfaction rate, the network has seen a more than 32% increase in patronage per year since its launch in July 2014. Carrying 660,000 passengers per month, it supports the state of Queensland’s ambitions to accelerate a modal shift towards sustainable transport less focused on cars. This issue is critical for Gold Coast, whose population is expected to double to 1 million residents by 2040.
Australia, a key source of international development for Keolis
The launch of the G:link network extension caps off an exceptional year for Keolis Downer. The Keolis subsidiary, a joint-venture between Keolis (51%) and Downer (49%), operates bus networks in Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. On 1 July 2017, it launched the Newcastle network, the first comprehensive mobility network awarded to a private operator in Australia. Then, in September 2017, Keolis Downer was awarded a 7-year extension to continue operating Melbourne’s tram network, the largest in the world with 250km of double track and 24 lines. Finally, Keolis has been awarded a pilot project for innovative on-demand transport solutions in the Sydney region in August 2017.