France: Keolis to Strengthen Valenciennes Transport Network

Syndicat Intercommunal d’Organisation et de Mobilité Urbaine du Valenciennois (SIMOUV) has awarded Keolis a contract to operate and enhance its multimodal transport network in Valenciennes, France.

SIMOUV’s public transport network includes buses, trams, shuttle services and bicycles.

The 7-year contract will begin on 1 January 2023 and will see Keolis focus on four primary goals:

  • To strengthen on-demand transport to serve twice as many municipalities
  • To modernise services and implement a contactless payment system
  • To support SIMOUV’s energy transition strategy by procuring BioNGV and electric shuttle buses
  • To improve the safety of all modes of transport
SIMOUV’s transport network serves 350,000 inhabitants in 82 municipalities in Valenciennes Métropole and Porte du Hainaut, France. The network includes 42 lines with a fleet of 152 vehicles

Under this contract, Keolis will establish a dynamic on-demand service for suburban municipalities in Valenciennes from 2023. By the end of the year, Keolis will also implement a modern contactless payment system across the entire network.

Following these improvements, Keolis will launch an enhanced network in 2024, which will include two new lines. This network will guarantee bus frequencies every 15 minutes and every 10 minutes at peak times.

To promote sustainable mobility, Keolis will also replace thirty buses and ten shuttles in SIMOUV’s fleet to start the organisation’s transition to BioNGV and electric vehicles. This renewal will begin in 2023 and will take place gradually throughout the contract.

This contract will advance Keolis’s mission to develop efficient and sustainable future public transport solutions. The news follows Keolis’s announcement that it has been awarded a contract to operate bus and on-demand transport service in Seine-et-Marne, also from January 2023.

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