On 8 August 2021, Keolis Denmark, Keolis’ Danish subsidiary, started the operation and maintenance of two bus networks in the Northern Jutland region in north-western Denmark. The €190 million contract was awarded to Keolis in December 2020 by the Public Transport Authority Nordjyllands Trafikselskab (NT) to operate and maintain 77 buses, 67 of which run on renewable energy, for 10 years. They will serve a population of 500,000 in the city of Aalborg and surrounding towns.
Renewable energy for the majority of the Aalborg area’s 77 buses
The two networks in Northern Jutland will provide services to the 500,000 inhabitants in Aalborg, the region’s capital, and the surrounding towns. The networks consist of 25 lines and will connect the city with a university, a major hospital due to open in 2022 and an airport for domestic and international flights.
The total fleet of 77 buses, 67 of which run on renewable energy2 , will cover nearly 10 million kilometres per year. The fleet is composed of three new Scania bus models including vehicles measuring 12.8 metres (33 seats + 56 standing), 13.2 metres (41 seats + 17 standing) and 13.7 metres (37 seats + 74 standing). 32 of the buses will be equipped with amenities including Wi-Fi and power outlets to improve the passenger experience. The networks feature 16 depots that have parking, washing and refuelling facilities. An upgrade of the depots is planned for the autumn of 2021. 1 Cumulative revenue 2 Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (HVO)
Nearly 15 years of presence in Denmark
The start-up of the bus networks in the Northern Jutland region is another milestone that strengthens Keolis’ presence in Denmark, where it has been operating since 2007. It employs 1,600 people and operates around 500 buses in several regions, as well as the country’s first tram network in Aarhus. In 2021, the Group launched electric buses in Odense and the Greater Copenhagen region. Keolis is gearing up for the launch of a second tram network in Odense, which is scheduled to come into service in early 2022.