Transdev renews urban contract in France, acquires bus operations in the Czech Republic and New Zealand


Following on its stream of commercial successes in the first half of the year, Transdev continues to advance in its key markets. In France, Transdev has successfully renewed its delegated management contract for public urban transportation services in Dunkerque (France), where the Group has been operating historically. On the acquisition side, Transdev is making further inroads in the Czech Republic and is entering the bus market in New Zealand.

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    In France, Transdev has been historically operating the public bus transportation services in Dunkerque under a delegated management contract, which has just been renewed for a new period of five years and four months, starting September 2019. The new network, which will be starting services on September 2, consists of 18 bus lines – including the new Line 15 – complemented by two night services and two Transport on Demand services, as well as a dedicated school bus service.

    Since the introduction of free public transportation services in Dunkerque in September 2018, and with the increased quality of service offered by Transdev STDE, ridership has exceeded 16 million trips annually, an increase of some 80% versus 2017. The Dunkerque bus network is operated by Transdev using a fleet of 135 buses served by a team of 300 drivers, covering some 9.3 million km annually.

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    In the Czech Republic, where Transdev had resumed bus services in December 2018, the Group has acquired ‘3CSAD Group’ to become the fourth largest public bus operator on the Czech market. With this acquisition, Transdev has significantly increased its presence in the Czech Republic market, with most of the 3CSAD operations located in the Moravian-Silesian region representing some 1,100 employees and 410 buses.

    Transdev Czech Republic now employs some 1,350 people and operates a global fleet of circa 600 buses. Transdev expects to continue growing in the bus field and – on a more long-term perspective – expects to compete in the regional rail market.

    In New Zealand, where Transdev currently operates commuter train services in Auckland and Wellington, Transdev has agreed terms to acquire both ‘Howick and Eastern Buses’ in Auckland, and ‘Mana Coach Services’ in Wellington from Souter Investments. The acquisition represents Transdev’s first extension in the New Zealand bus business, with the mobility provider currently operating bus services in Australia in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane. Together, the two acquisitions represent a bus fleet of 211 buses with a staff of 346 dedicated employees in Auckland and Wellington; both businesses also providing school and general charter services. The acquisitions, subject to regulatory approvals, signify Transdev’s confidence in the public transport sector in New Zealand, as more New Zealanders move towards more sustainable forms of transport.

    With the Dunkerque renewal and these three bus acquisitions, along with the Sydney light-rail and ferry contracts in Australia, the Bremen regional train deal in Germany, the Gothenburg bus deal in Sweden and the recent Dublin light rail extension contract in Ireland, Transdev is further demonstrating the continued success of its international commercial and business development teams.

    Thierry Mallet, Président-directeur général du Groupe Transdev

    Finally, in Sweden, Transdev has announced in late July 2019 the acquisition of A Björks AB, a major bus operator in Central and Northern Sweden. With this move, Transdev has become Sweden’s third largest public transportation operator, with annual revenues of approximately €570 million and over 6,000 employees. The acquisition is expected to be completed in September 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 18 countries, the Group generated total revenues of 6.9 billion euros.

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