Keolis Downer

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Keolis Downer
Joint venture
IndustryPublic transport
Founded30 November 2009
HeadquartersNorth Ryde
Area served
Key people
David Franks (CEO)
ProductsBus & tram operator
OwnerKeolis (51%)
Downer Rail (49%)
Hornibrook Bus Lines
Newcastle Transport
Path Transit
Yarra Trams

Keolis Downer is a joint venture between Keolis, the largest private sector French transport group, and Downer Rail, an Australian railway engineering company, that operates bus and tram services in Australia.


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In June 2009, the Victorian government awarded to Keolis Downer the franchise to operate the Melbourne tram network in Melbourne, Australia.[1] for eight years commencing on 30 November 2009.[2][3] In September 2017, having substantially met performance criteria, the franchise was extended until 30 November 2024.[4] KDR continues to operate the Melbourne tram network under the Yarra Trams name, that had been used by the previous operator TransdevTSL.[5][6][7]

On 21 July 2014, Keolis Downer commenced operating the G:link tram operation on the Gold Coast.[7][8] In March 2015, Keolis Downer purchased bus operator Australian Transit Enterprises which operated the Hornibrook Bus Lines, Link SA, Path Transit and SouthLink operations with 930 buses.[9]

Keolis Downer trading as Newcastle Transport took over the Newcastle Buses & Ferries operation on 1 July 2017, and commenced operating the Newcastle Light Rail in February 2019.[10][11][12]

Keolis Downer also unsuccessfully bid to operate the Melbourne Metropolitan Bus,[13][14] Sydney Light Rail franchises.[15][16] and Capital Metro light rail.[17]



  1. ^ Melbourne tram and train operators selected Railway Gazette International 25 June 2009
  2. ^ "Melbourne operators selected" Railway Gazette International August 2009 page 12
  3. ^ Cooper, Mex (25 June 2009). "New train, tram operators for Melbourne". The Age. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
  4. ^ Keolis Downer retains contract to operate world's largest tram network Metro Report International 12 September 2017
  5. ^ New train, tram operators for Melbourne The Age 25 June 2009
  6. ^ KDR starts as new Yarra Trams operator Downer Group 30 November 2009
  7. ^ a b Keolis Australia Keolis
  8. ^ The Consortium G:link
  9. ^ Operator ATE Sold Australasian Bus & Coach 11 March 2015
  10. ^ Keolis Downer awarded contract to run light rail, buses and ferries says Baird government Newcastle Herald 12 December 2016
  11. ^ It's a date - free community open day for Newcastle Light Rail on 17 February Transport for NSW 31 January 2019
  12. ^ Light rail in Newcastle opening from Monday 18 February Transport for NSW 3 February 2019
  13. ^ Public Transport Victoria announces shortlist for Melbourne metropolitan bus franchise Public Transport Victoria 24 August 2012
  14. ^ First Group named in Melbourne’s final five Australasian Bus & Coach 27 August 2012
  15. ^ Tender out to deliver and operate Sydney's Light Rail Network Archived 2014-03-13 at the Wayback Machine Transport New South Wales 7 March 2014
  16. ^ Three shortlisted for Sydney light rail PPP International Railway Journal 20 February 2014
  17. ^ Bidders line up for Canberra LRT tender International Railway Journal 24 December 2014