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Keolis Downer milestone to revolutionise SA public transport industry

The major agreement allows the operator to increase its PT network capabilities

After announcing a milestone agreement with the South Australian government, transport operator Keolis Downer is set to revitalise the state’s public transport sector.

The South Australian government and Keolis Downer have reached an agreement which paves the way for the progressive return of the operation of the Adelaide Metro Passenger Rail Network (AMPRN) to public hands.

The agreement, which was signed on the weekend, sets the key principles under which the management of operations will be transferred to government in January 2025. This agreement is not reflective of the performance of Keolis Downer Adelaide (KDA) under its existing contract. It is recognised that KDA has been performing well since taking over the network.

“As a public transport operator, our objective will always be to partner with governments to provide services that are safe, performant and deliver a positive passenger experience. Our people are at the heart of the successful delivery of transport services, and we will ensure they are supported as we enter this new partnership,” Keolis Downer CEO Julien Dehornoy says.

The agreement will allow Keolis Downer to revolutionise its public transport network offerings, including its range of bus and coach fleets that it runs in the state.

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