Ferrovial and Keolis awarded contract to operate and maintain Greater Manchester’s Metrolink light railway Published on 18/01/2017
- Amey, a Ferrovial Services subsidiary, and global public operator Keolis have been chosen to operate and maintain Manchester Metrolink, the largest tram network in the United Kingdom.
- The contract runs for up to 10 years.
- Amey and Keolis have been operating and maintaining the Docklands Light Railway in East London since December 2014.
Transport for Greater Manchester has awarded a joint venture partnership comprising Amey, a subsidiary of Ferrovial Servicios, and global public transport operator Keolis the contract to operate and maintain the Metrolink tram network, for up to 10 years. Amey has a 40% stake in the JV.
Joint venture KeolisAmey will be in charge of operating and maintaining the network infrastructure, which consists of almost 60 miles of track (100 km) and 93 stops, as well as 120 trams. The contract will come into force in July 2017, during the same year as Metrolink’s most recent expansion project is completed. During the term of the contract, a further extension, the Trafford Park Line, will be created, expected to begin operating circa 2020/21.
Inaugurated in 1992, Metrolink is the largest network of its kind in the UK. It comprises seven lines connecting the center of Manchester with other towns in the metropolitan area and the airport. It serves 37 million passengers per year.
This new contract reinforces the position of Ferrovial, through Amey, as one of the leading railway contractors in the UK. Together with Keolis, it has been handling operation and maintenance of Docklands Light Railway (DLR) in East London since December 2014.