Taking the tram
in Melbourne

When the city of Melbourne chose Keolis to operate its tram network—one of the world’s largest—top-quality service was the deciding factor.


With a population of 3.8 million, Melbourne faces constant, rapid growth in traffic. The system saw a 7.7% increase between 2007 and 2008, and the sheer size of its tram network is daunting. With 250 km of track, 28 lines, 500 tram units, 180 million trips per year, and a tram passing along the city’s main thoroughfare every 5 seconds during rush hour, Melbourne needed an expert public transport solution.


Keolis and Downer EDI, an Australian engineering group, formed a joint venture and won the Yarra Trams contract in December 2009. The scope of work for their joint company KDR included refurbishing tram units, establishing even-interval tram timetables, improving passenger information, and creating a Premium Line—a cutting-edge line offering priority service.
Bottom line: KDR’s success in working with other operators to set up a multimodal system led to the creation of a dedicated transport authority. In 2011, KDR won another contract to operate the light rail service planned for the city of Gold Coast—a 13-km line that will link the city’s university community to its fashionable Broadbeach suburb.

year contract, with an optional 7-year extension.

employees from 4 companies work together in the same entity.

of KDR stock is owned by Keolis.

A closer look at Melbourne's tram