Keolis has been awarded a new, largely electric bus contract in Greater Copenhagen, reinforcing the company’s presence in Denmark, where it operates in nine cities. 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 contract, worth over €100m and due to start in June 2021, is for a duration of up to ten years with an option for a two-year extension. The new contract covers the greater Copenhagen area, which is the largest and most populous of Denmark’s islands, with 2.5 million inhabitants and five large cities.
Keolis will integrate over 170 new employees, including 150 drivers covering six million kilometres per year, and will be in charge of maintenance, which will be 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,” said Bernard Tabary, Keolis CEO International. “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.”