Keolis to operate Hyderabad Metro

10 May, 2012

Yarra Trams French parent company will operate the metro rail system for nine million people in India's sixth largest city from 2015.

Keolis has been chosen to operate and maintain the three line, 71 kilometre above ground train system in Hyderabad. There will be 57 trains servicing 66 stations and 2000 employees will be hired and trained locally.

The Hyderabad Metro will be completely automatic and during the construction phase Keolis will consult with the firm building the network to assist them with reviewing the system design and preparing it for full service from early 2015.

Five companies bid for the right to operate the system and Keolis was successful against RATP/Veolia, Serco, MTR and SMRT. The contract is for an initial eight years.

Keolis owns 51% of KDR Yarra Trams with the remainder held by Downer EDI. The group operates public transport networks in Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.

KDR is part of the consortium building the new GoldlinQ light rail system on Queensland's Gold Coast.

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