Keolis strengthens its leadership in tram operations with a new contract in Manchester

Another success for Keolis in the United Kingdom: the Group’s joint venture with Amey has been chosen to operate and maintain Greater Manchester’s tram network. With 96km of track, it is the largest tram network in the country.

Metrolink, the UK’s largest tram network

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has chosen KeolisAmey, the joint venture between Keolis (60%) and British firm Amey (40%), to operate and maintain Metrolink, Greater Manchester’s tram network for up to ten years, from July 2017. First launched in 1992, Metrolink is now the UK’s largest tram network with 96km of track. It has seven lines and services 93 different stations across Greater Manchester’s town and city centres, airport and suburbs.

Keolis and Amey, a passenger-focused partnership 

KeolisAmey is already operating the Docklands Light Railway network (DLR), the showcase automatic metro network in London which records amongst the best results in the country in terms of operational performance, reliability and customer satisfaction. From July 2017, the joint venture partnership will put its proven expertise in mass transit to the service of Greater Manchester, to offer passengers the best possible service.  As part of this new contract, KeolisAmey will install free wifi on the fleet of 120 trams, and will oversee the extension of the Trafford Park line, which is scheduled for completion by 2020/21.

Keolis strengthens its position as leading tram operator

For Keolis, this new contract strengthens its foothold in the UK, where the Group and its subsidiary, Keolis UK operate the tram network in Nottingham and several other rail lines, in addition to the DLR metro. The contract also testifies to Keolis’ global expertise in trams. It currently operates 16 networks covering 660 km of track and servicing 660 million passengers per year. Two more networks are scheduled for completion in 2017.

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We are proud to have been chosen to run a network as emblematic as that of Manchester. This new contract has confirmed the relevance of our international strategy and enables Keolis to establish itself in different modes of transport in the United Kingdom. The confidence that TfGM has shown in us testifies to our ability to respond to the different mobility challenges in every region.

Bernard Tabary, International CEO for the Keolis Group