On 23 August 2018, Keolis’ Belgian subsidiary has signed a partnership with Open Tours Group (OTG) for the 100% acquisition of four of its companies, which specialise in airport transport for passengers and crew members . With this new acquisition, Keolis Belgium enlarges its public transport activities, which also include school and tourism transport.
The activities related to the new acquisition currently have a turnover of 17 million euros, with 380 employees and 180 vehicles.
Keolis, through its Chinese joint-venture Shanghai Keolis, has been awarded its first tram contract in China by Songjiang Tramway. The five-year contract covers the operations and maintenance of the tram network in the Songjiang District of Shanghai. The network, which connects to Shanghai’s existing metro Line 9, will open in two phases: the first one on 25 December 2018, and the second in mid-2019.
Keolis, which recently opened the first automated driverless metro line in Shanghai and won the contract to operate the automated metro at Shanghai International Airport, reinforces its presence in China and enhances its reputation as a pioneer and world leader in multimodal expertise.
On 10 August 2018, Keolis, a pioneer in autonomous shared mobility, in collaboration with its partner NAVYA, announced the launch of a long-term demonstration project for an autonomous electric shuttle in Candiac, Quebec.
For the first time in Canada, an 100% autonomous electric shuttle will circulate on a public road in real operating conditions, thus extending the existing public transport offer to fully meet the mobility needs of Candiac’s residents.
On 12 July 2018, the municipality of Greater Chambéry entrusted Keolis with the management and operation of its public transport network, Stac. The six-year contract becomes effective on 1 January 2019 and will generate cumulative revenue of 138 million euros.
As part of this new contract, won after a highly competitive bidding process, Keolis plans to provide 90 million passenger journeys by the end of the contract by renewing the current transport offer to facilitate access to the network and enhance the passenger experience.
Keolis will continue operating the light rail network of Bergen for another eight years and will now also manage the maintenance of the trams. Passenger numbers have doubled on the network since Keolis started the operations in 2010. This new contract award illustrates the strong partnership between Keolis and Bybanen AS – the new transport authority - over the past eight years. The new contract also reaffirms Keolis’ position as a world leader in light rail operations