in India

SNCF is providing Indian Railways with high-speed rail, infrastructure renovation and modernization, and urban and regional transport services.

Closer cooperation

On 14 February 2013, SNCF and the Indian Railway Board signed a memorandum of understanding on working together in the rail sector. Inked in New Delhi by Railway Board Chairman Vinay Mittal and SNCF Chairman Guillaume Pepy, the master agreement refocuses the two partners on four priorities:

  • high-speed lines
  • station renovation
  • upgrades of India’s existing rail network
  • urban and regional transport services

The renewable five-year agreement, which builds on a partnership dating back to 2004, is part of India’s plan to expand its railway network between now and 2020.

in India

SNCF’s Systra and Geodis subsidiaries have been doing business in India for several years, with AREP and Keolis entering the market more recently.

  • In 2010, Systra contributed to a technical pre-feasibility study for the Pune-Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail line. It has also participated in various phases of metros in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Calcutta, as well as engineering works on dedicated freight lines launched by Indian Railways.
  • Geodis Wilson provides transport and logistics services to clients in India through a nationwide network of offices.
  • From 2009 to 2012, Arep Ville crafted the master plan for renovating Mumbai’s prestigious CST station, one of the busiest in the world, used by over a million passengers daily.

Keolis will operate the automated metro system planned for Hyderabad, the capital of India’s Andhra Pradesh state.


Future high-speed

SNCF and Indian Railways have already decided to cooperate on a development study for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail line, which will cover nearly 450 km. SNCF is spearheading and funding the project with support from the French Ministry of Finance. Several SNCF divisions and subsidiaries—including Gares et Connexions, AREP, Keolis and Systra—may also be involved in carrying out the agreement with their Indian counterparts.


Larsen and Toubro Metro Rail (L&T), India’s leading engineering and construction firm, chose Keolis to operate and maintain the automated metro system planned for Hyderabad, capital of Andhra Pradesh state. The 71 km elevated network, designed to run on a viaduct, will be fully automated and is expected to carry 1.5 million passengers a day, with operations set to begin in 2015. During the construction phase, Keolis will act as a consultant, providing the operator’s perspective on the project. The goal: offer new mobility solutions to Hyderabad’s 9 million residents by expanding public transport.