Keolis Downer is Australia’s largest private provider of multi-modal public transport. We are the largest light rail operator in Australia and one of the nation’s most significant bus operators. Keolis Downer provides services to more than 210 million people each year.
Our operations combine world leading expertise and deep local knowledge combining the experience of French public transport company Keolis, and one of Australia and New Zealand’s leading engineering and infrastructure management firms, Downer.
Created in 2009, Keolis Downer successfully tendered for the Yarra Trams franchise. Yarra Trams in Melbourne is the world’s largest light rail network. Recently, the partnership has been strengthened through the delivery of the G:link on the Gold Coast.
Keolis Downer was a key member of the successful GoldLinQ consortium selected by the Queensland Government in 2011 to deliver the Gold Coast Light Rail public-private partnership. G:link is the first Greenfield rail system in Australia for more than two decades,. The Gold Coast Light Rail entered operations in July 2014 and Keolis Downer also hold the operations and maintenance contract for the network. More than 5 million passengers have used the service in its first year of operations. Keolis Downer is now firmly established as Australia’s largest and most trusted provider of light rail services.
In May 2015, Keolis Downer entered the bus market through the acquisition of one of Australia’s leading bus operators with established operations in South Australia, Western Australia and Queensland. The bus operation includes over 1,600 employees and 930 buses and operates 91 long-term regular route and school bus services.
Keolis Downer has a long-term commitment to Australia and New Zealand and aspires to be the partner of choice for public transport authorities by delivering on our commitment to think like a passenger. At the heart of this approach, we work closely with our clients, the community and our customers in order to understand their objectives. We then work in partnership to deliver a shared vision for city or region.
Through our unique knowledge and experience in service development and network design, we are able to pair the needs of the community with a tailored transport solution that efficiently matches their demand, land use and economic activity. Keolis Downer is committed to the development of integrated transport solutions that provide seamless connections for people, supporting modern lifestyles and shaping urban environments.
Keolis Downer employs 4,000 staff and is headquartered in Sydney. We provide transport services to people across Australia, including Melbourne, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and regional South Australia.