Transdev awarded Dublin’s Light Rail six-year operation and maintenance contract


Transport Infrastructure Ireland and the National Transport Authority have awarded Transdev the contract, for six years – plus five option years – to operate and maintain Luas, Dublin’s light rail network. The Operation and Maintenance (O&M) contract was awarded following an international tender process and will come into force on December 1, 2019.

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    Transdev Dublin Light Rail Limited has been operating the Luas light rail network since 2004, successfully renewing contracts over the years and overseeing 42 million passenger journeys in 2018 across an expanding network, composed of two lines: the Red and Green lines serving Ireland’s capital city. The east-west Red Line is 20 kilometers m long with 32 stops and runs from The Point to Tallaght and from Connolly to Saggart. The north-south Green Line is 22 km long with 35 stops and runs from Broombridge to Brides Glen. Daily, the Luas network ensures an average of 110,000 passenger journeys.

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    This outcome is a powerful endorsement of Transdev’s global leadership in operating 23 light rail systems in eight countries, and comes in addition to the new €330 million Stage 1 Parramatta (Sydney, Australia) light rail contract won by Transdev in January 2019.

    The choice of Transdev to both operate and maintain Luas reflects the Group’s partnership and active collaboration with Transport Infrastructure Ireland and the National Transport Authority. Transdev has been proudly operating Luas since 2004 and our teams are fully committed to Luas customers, the communities we serve and the sustainable development of County Dublin. The new Transdev fully integrated network management approach will deliver ever greater long term success through a rigorous focus on both tram performance and customer service.

    It’s a great honour for Transdev to now have a much-expanded role in both operating and maintaining Dublin’s light rail network. As the Luas operator for its first 15 years in service, and now until the end of 2025, we are proud to now ensure maintenance of Dublin’s tram lines. With the Sydney light-rail and ferry contracts in Australia, the Bremen regional train deal and this new Luas contract, Transdev is further demonstrating the ongoing success of its international commercial teams”, explains Thierry Mallet, Chairman and CEO of Transdev Group.

    We are particularly proud of the renewed confidence demonstrated by the Irish transport authorities in entrusting Transdev with the expanded contract to both operate and maintain the Luas light rail network. As the incumbent operator since the commencement, we will continue to deliver on the highest standards serving the millions of customers travelling with Luas every year.

    Christian Schreyer, CEO Northern & Central Europe of Transdev Group

    In now carrying out both operations and maintenance, Transdev will preside over managing 42 km of tracks, three depots and 73 light rail vehicles with a staff of 350. Alstom (maintenance) employees, currently ensuring maintenance works for the Luas network, will transfer to Transdev under The Transfer of Undertakings Protection of Employment (TUPE) regulations. Transdev will be working closely with Alstom to ensure a smooth transition to full Transdev maintenance operations at the start of service in December 2019.

    About Transdev:

    As an operator and global integrator of mobility, Transdev – The mobility company – gives people the freedom to move whenever and however they choose. We are proud to provide 11 million passenger trips everyday thanks to efficient, easy to use and environmentally-friendly transportation services that connect people and communities. Our approach is rooted in long-term partnerships with businesses and public authorities, and in the relentless pursuit of the safest and most innovative mobility solutions. We are a team of people serving people, and mobility is what we do. Transdev is jointly held by Caisse des Dépôts Group (66%) and the RETHMANN Group (34%). In 2018, with 82,000 employees in 20 countries, the Group generated total revenues of 6.9 billion euros.

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