Keolis wins major contract for Copenhagen

Movia, the public transport authority of East Denmark, has awarded Keolis’ Danish subsidiary a new contract to operate and maintain 47 buses, of which 32 are fully electric, in the greater Copenhagen area. The 10-year contract, worth more than €100million is due to start in June 2021. It makes Keolis one of the largest electric bus operator in Denmark.

As part of the new contract, Keolis will integrate more than 170 new employees including 150 drivers covering 6 million kilometres per year. Keolis will be in charge of the maintenance carried out at a newly-built depot and workshop facility in Nykøbing Falster, the southernmost corner of the island. Three other depots in Naverland (Copenhagen), Slagelse and Korsør in the west will be equipped with charging terminals.

“We are delighted that Movia, our partner since 2007, has again placed its trust in us with the award of this new contract” says Bernard Tabary, CEO International, Keolis. “Movia can count on our full dedication to delivering the best passenger experience and supporting the transition to greener buses, thanks to our worldwide experience in zero-emission bus operations in Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, France, Canada and the US.”

Since summer 2019, Keolis has been awarded contracts to operate fossil-free buses in Gothenburg in Sweden, 140 buses in Bergen, most of them electric, and 346 electric buses in three provinces in the Netherlands. 

In France, Keolis launched a 100 per cent hydrogen BRT line in Pau and the electric Bus Rapid Transit lines of Bayonne-Biarritz and Amiens, making Keolis France’s largest operator of electric networks. 

Keolis has been present in Denmark since 2007, where it operates around 500 buses in nine cities.