Keolis to operate a second light rail contract in Denmark
Odense Letbane selects Keolis, currently the operator of the country’s first light rail network (Aarhus), to operate and maintain the new light rail network of Odense.
Credit: Odense Letbane
Keolis, through its subsidiary Keolis Odense Letbane, has been named the preferred operator for both the operation and maintenance of the new light rail network in the city of Odense – the third largest city of Denmark with a population of 200,000.
The 15-year contract will generate a cumulative revenue of approximately €230 million.
This new network is 14.5km long, includes 26 stations and is expected to open for operation by the end of 2020. Odense Letbane, the public transport authority, is expected to confirm their decision in the following days with the signing of the contract to follow before Christmas.
The new Odense light rail network will link Tarup located in the north of the city to Hjallese in the south with a 42-minute journey. It will run through the city centre, serving the central train station and Odense University.
The 16 Stadler trams to be used, each with a capacity for 210 people, are expected to carry 12 million passengers a year. It is also hoped that the new light rail service will slow the growth of car use in Odense and the surrounding region, in support of the local sustainability agenda.
“We are pleased to be involved in the opening of Denmark’s second light rail network, which will make the city of Odense an even more attractive place to live and work. Our global expertise in developing networks from ‘greenfield’ sites proved relevant and important in this bid. We now look forward to our collaboration with Odense Letbane and to bringing our international experience and expertise in support of this exciting project over the coming years,” said Bernard Tabary, International CEO Keolis.
Keolis has been in Denmark since 2007 and operates around 500 buses in more than 10 cities.