KeolisAmey is a partnership between two international transport and infrastructure management specialists to bring a transformative approach to the development and operation of the Wales and the Borders franchise and the South Wales Metro.
The creation of the Metro provides the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to develop South Wales’ transport network. By modernising and increasing connections within the region and beyond, it will ease access to travel for everyone, helping to create sustainable economic regeneration. This combines with a new franchise for the whole Wales and Borders area to give a unique opportunity to innovate as we link communities, businesses, our places of work and leisure.
KeolisAmey has the experience and skills to transform the railway and to support the growth of the local economy and improve the environment. Across the globe, we work with public authorities to deliver innovative and pragmatic solutions that are value for money for tax and fare payers. In the UK our operations have delivered greater frequency of services and capacity for passengers; improved punctuality and reliability and provided an enhanced customer experience. Keolis operates Nottingham’s NET (Nottingham Express Transit) tram network, which has the highest satisfaction score of all of the UK’s light rail systems – 98% – in the 2016 study by Transport Focus. And on our Dockland’s Light Railway (DLR) operations we have pushed the customer satisfaction score up to 89%, the highest ever level in the network’s history. We work in partnership with client authorities to develop and deliver solutions that respond to community needs.
For examples of our track record in Wales, the regions of the UK and internationally, please read on.
Keolis is a global passenger transport business working in 16 countries across four continents, supporting three billion passenger journeys, and employing 56,000 people.
We are the UK’s largest light rail operator, with the single biggest network in partnership with Amey – the Docklands Light Railway – and also operating Nottingham’s tram network. We also deliver one in three of all rail passenger journeys on Thameslink, Great Northern, Gatwick Express, Southern, London Midland and Southeastern railway networks.
In partnership with Go Ahead, Keolis has introduced more than 25% of all new rolling stock across the UK network since privatisation – more than any other operator group. The 140mph high speed “Javelin” service operated on HS1 by Keolis’ Southeastern rail franchise carried 2.4 million people during the London 2012 Olympics.
Record customer satisfaction in Nottingham
Keolis operates Nottingham’s NET (Nottingham Express Transit) tram network and it has the highest satisfaction score of all of the UK’s light rail systems – 98% – in the 2016 study by Transport Focus. In 2015 the network doubled in size to 32 kilometers with the opening of NET’s second and third lines. The network now carries 12.5 million passengers a year.
NET includes a number of innovative features that make it one of the most advanced light rail networks in the UK, many introduced by Keolis. These include an increase in depot space and new control systems - resulting in an increase in the number of trams on the system from six to eight per hour.
Keolis drew upon its international expertise to help shape the delivery of the NET Phase Two expansion from the start of construction to its full operation in 2015, reviewing the project implementation plan at regular intervals and providing advice and support to the local authorities. A collaboration between Keolis, Nottingham City Council and Nottingham City Transport also helped to create a new integrated transport hub at Nottingham station.
Several decades of experience in integrated transport has established us as a major operator of multi-modal regional and urban networks, in cities such as Lyon, Lille, Bordeaux, Melbourne – which is the largest private operation in the world, Hyderabad and Boston. Furthermore Keolis is the world’s biggest operator of automated metro systems – serving 925 million passengers per year – and the global leader in light rail.
Connecting communities in Lyon
In Lyon (population 500,000) Keolis operates the largest public transport network in France, outside of Paris, with 1.6 million trips per day. Through tender competitions, we have operated in the city for nearly 30 years, working in close partnership with the local transport authority SYTRAL, to make major improvements in both integrating the city’s transportation and connecting its communities.
The network includes a four-line metro system, five tram lines, 130 bus lines, a 6,000-space park and ride network spread over 22 sites, cycle hire and an eight-line, low carbon trolleybus system, the largest such network in France. Lyon is also one of 25 towns and cities across France where Keolis operates cycle sharing schemes comprising a total of 17,000 bikes – a key part of any multi-modal transport offering.
On behalf of the Transport Authority in Lyon we spent a year conducting research to understand what people wanted from public transport and then remapped the network and revised the bus timetable to better fit with tram and metro timetables, resulting in a 9% increase in patronage the following year.
As leaders in infrastructure asset management, Amey works with some of the world’s biggest asset owners to better plan for, understand and manage their assets. Almost everybody in the UK will benefit from at least one Amey service today.
Amey’s whole-life approach to asset management extends from advisory and design services, through performance monitoring, to the management of asset operation and use; driving value across a wide range of different asset portfolios including road, railways, utilities networks, buildings, airports and other transport hubs.
Amey works with London Underground to manage and maintain 50 stations, 90 miles of track, 45 miles of tunnel and over 600 trains to support the 2 million plus passengers who use the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines daily.
Amey works with Heathrow Rail Engineering, analysing the performance of a wide range of assets, including stations, civil structures, OHLE, track, information systems and proposing ways to improve efficiency and drive greater value.
The company has designed and supported passenger information systems for around 25% of UK stations.
With over 21,000 employees, Amey is one of the largest and most diverse companies working for the public and regulated sectors in the UK.
Amey has a long history of working in Wales and delivers a range of infrastructure and transport services valued at £95 million and employs 550 people. Clients include:
Both Keolis and Amey are experienced in working in joint ventures with other sector specialists. KeolisAmey are already an established partnership in the UK.
KeolisAmey has been running the Docklands Light Railway, the biggest light railway in the UK, since 2014. The network carries around 117m passengers a year, with 45 stations and 149 vehicles.
Customer satisfaction scores have risen to 89%, their highest ever levels in the network’s history. The partnership continues to develop and implement service improvements to make journeys better for passengers, including cleaner trains and stations, more reliable lifts and escalators, more efficient and reliable station maintenance and faster journeys. Other improvements include:
Keolis Amey has also implemented a number of cultural changes including “Think Like a Customer” training for all staff.
In 2016 the KAD Community Ambassador team won the Anti-Social Behaviour Intervention of the Year at the divisional British Transport Policing awards for their Youth Intervention Programme, which sees them work with schools and young people across the DLR network. The programme was developed to meet the ever-demanding needs of the community and to influence good, safe behaviour with schools and local groups around the railway. The team engages with hard-to-reach young people, who are at risk to themselves or others, delivered through a series of interactive workshops and mentoring. This provides a real opportunity to gain social skills to adapt behaviours and the option to change their paths in life.
One of the challenges in operating the Wales and Borders and Metro rail network is the pressure it faces on major event days. Keolis has experience from our operations elsewhere to demonstrate our capability in handling big increases in passenger numbers for special events.
We have the experience of managing major events on Dockland Light Railway in East London for concerts, and sporting events at the O2 and Excel and the London Marathon.
We operate public transport in French cities such as Lyon and Lille that hosted the Euro 2016 football tournament, and with Transport for London played a key role on the delivery of the London 2012 Olympics, operating some of the busiest routes on the London Underground.
Amey’s support also included the multi-award winning strengthening project on Hammersmith Flyover ahead of the London Olympic Games.
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