Keolis to operate Shanghai's first automatic metro line

05-02-2016. On 27 April 2016, the Shanghai Shentong Metro Group chose the Shenkai joint venture - composed of Shanghai Shentong Consulting (51%) and Keolis (49%) - to operate its first automated driverless metro line, line 8.3, which will be brought into service at the end of 2017.

In partnership with Shanghai Shentong Consulting as part of the Shenkai joint venture, Keolis will be the future operator of line 8.3, the new fully automated section of the Shanghai metro. The 6.7 km extension will be brought into service at the end of 2017. With this new contract, the Keolis Group reinforces its position as the global industry leader.

The contract provides for two years of pre-operational work during the construction phase, which started in January 2015, followed by five years of network operations and maintenance.

Keolis is proud to bring its expertise in automated metros to a network as emblematic as Shanghai. This is an important milestone in our partnership with Shanghai Shentong Consulting, and we will continue to look at opportunities together in Asia and around the world.


Bernard Tabary, CEO International, Keolis

An ambitious automated metro line

Line 8.3 will be the second automated driverless metro in China, after Beijing. With 6.7 kilometres of track, it will have six above-ground stations and one depot. The initial fleet will consist of 11 trains, each with four carriages (21 trains are planned in the long term). The trains will travel at up to 75 kilometres per hour and carry up to 600 passengers each. It is estimated that the line will transport up to 73,000 people a day (data highlighted in dataviz), including 7,200 passengers during peak hours, at a four-minute frequency.


Keolis, world leader in automated metros

Shenkai brings together the expertise of two public transport specialists.

Shanghai Shentong Consulting, which is part of the Shanghai Shentong Metro Group, provides significant local knowledge and expertise in mass transit metro operations.

Keolis, with 33 years’ experience in operating automatic metro networks, is the global leader in the industry. It was a pioneer when it launched the Lille metro in 1983, and it now operates 156 km of automated metro lines in France (Lyon, Rennes and Lille) and London (Docklands Light Rail). In the coming months, Keolis will also be launching the new automated metro in Hyderabad, India's fifth-largest city.

This new contract demonstrates the trust we have established with Shanghai Shentong Metro Group, and confirms our ambition to be the public transport partner of choice for major cities around the world.


Jean-Pierre Farandou, Executive Chairman, Keolis Group