It has been announced that Keolis Nederland has been awarded the contract to operate the expanded IJssel-Vecht public transport concession from December 2020. Keolis already operates the Veluwe and Central Overijssel concessions, and will expand to operate the Lelystad and IJsselmond areas from 2021 and 2023 respectively. The contract will involve the introduction of over 300 electric buses, making it the largest electric fleet in the Netherlands.
Frank Janssen, CEO of Keolis Nederland, said: “We are very happy that we have won this concession. Not only because we maintain our current transport areas Veluwe and Central Overijssel, but mainly because we can continue to serve our travellers there and further expand our services. It is very much appreciated that three provinces have taken the bold step together to make travel across the former concession limits possible. The IJssel
Vecht concession is thus the first example in the Netherlands in which real details are given of how people want to travel without limits in a large area. Our offer provides this and I am particularly proud of that.”
Keolis Nederland has said that it intends to improve provision of travel information and take a more pro-ative approach to journey disruption, whilst focussing on ‘Planet’ and ‘People’ in terms of sustainability and being a good employer.
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