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Keolis brings light rail back to Denmark

Keolis was chosen by Aarhus, Denmark’s second-largest city, to operate a new tram/tram-train network—the country’s first light rail system in 50 years.

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Trams and tram-trains

Nearly half a century after Denmark closed its last tram line, Keolis—the global leader in the sector—has revived this forgotten mobility option, operating a new light rail network in and around the city of Aarhus.

Built by Stadler, a Swiss rolling stock manufacturer, the fleet contains both trams and tram-trains that can accelerate to 100 km/h outside the city.

A 6.3-km segment of line began serving the city centre in December 2017, and a 36-km extension was inaugurated in August 2018. The last segment was completed in early 2019.

Expanded transport offer

In 2015 Keolis won a contract from Aarhus Letbane, the local transport authority, to operate the light rail network for six years. The new line expands the transport offer in Aarhus, which has seen its population double to 270,000 over a decade.

Keolis has been doing business in Denmark since 2007, operating a fleet of 500 buses in addition to the new light rail network.

Keolis, leader mondial du tramway

Worldwide, Keolis is responsible for 25 light rail networks serving 985.5 km of track:

  • 14 networks in France
  • 7 networks in other countries
  • 4 networks coming soon to Lusail, Qatar; Newcastle, Australia; Waterloo, Canada; and Shanghai, China