KeolisAmey will become the new operator of Manchester’s Metrolink light rail network when the current contract with RATP Dev and MPT ends in the summer.
The joint venture already operates London’s Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and will take over Metrolink in July. In the UK, Keolis also operates Nottingham’s tram network, NET.
RATP Dev, a subsidiary of the French state-owned RATP Group, has operated the Metrolink system since 2011.
The new contract is for up to 10 years. It includes commitments to job creation, improving service reliability and to sourcing a minimum of 40 per cent of supplier contracts from within 40 kilometres of Greater Manchester.
Alistair Gordon, chief executive of Keolis UK, said in a statement: “Metrolink has made a huge contribution to Greater Manchester’s economic growth and its ongoing success will be a major factor in meeting the city region’s ambitions.
“KeolisAmey represents a proven combination of operational and technical excellence, which has succeeded in raising the already very high standards of punctuality and customer service on the DLR.
“We’re confident that we can bring the same success to Metrolink, delivering the highest levels of performance and customer satisfaction for the benefit of Greater Manchester’s travelling public.”