Keolis to operate Greater Nancy’s urban mobility network in France
The contract includes a major project to replace the existing rubber-tyred trams with trams that run on steel wheels, with a goal to create seamless connections between Nancy and the various communes of the Métropole.
Keolis has been awarded the public service delegation contract for urban mobility in Greater Nancy, which comprises of 20 communes and 250,000 inhabitants.
From 1 January 2019, the Group will operate and manage the Métropole’s multimodal transport services called ‘Stan’, which includes trams, buses, electric-shuttle services, transport on demand, transport for passengers with reduced mobility, and park-and-ride facilities. The contract is expected to develop a cumulative turnover of €346.8 million.
Alongside the transformation of the tram network from rubber-tyres to steel wheels, further improvements will be made to the network. Keolis will provide Greater Nancy with a new integrated network that is simple and easy to understand, using the synergies between the various transport modes and the region’s different networks.
The key improvements to services will commence in September 2019, with Keolis’ proposal to improve the services provided by the existing rubber-tyred tram line and the three BRT lines. These improved services will be complemented by bus lines and on-demand transport services that will connect the centre of the Métropole to the less densely populated areas.
Frédéric Baverez, Executive Director France, said: “Keolis is proud to forge a new partnership with Greater Nancy. We have put all of Keolis’ expertise to work in order to convince and win one of the 10 largest public service delegation contracts for transport in France. We will work closely with the Métropole to enhance the mobility network’s appeal by supporting it in its transition to a new tram network, implementing new mobility services and strengthening synergies with other transport modes to contribute to the metropolitan area’s influence over a larger catchment area in terms of population and employment.”
By the end of 2023, Keolis will have launched the steel-wheeled tram. During the construction phase to convert to steel-rim trams, Keolis teams will implement a full bus replacement service.
There are also plans to improve links to other key transport services, these include better connections with train services and improvements to the operation of park-and-ride facilities to simplify access.