Keolis and SNCF Voyageurs to operate new Paris-region lines
Île-de-France Mobilités selected a consortium of Keolis and SNCF Voyageurs named ‘Stretto’ to operate the tram-train lines T4, T11, and the Esbly-Crécy branch of Line P in the Île-de-France region on October 12. These lines represent the first railways in the Île-de-France region to be opened up to competition.
The newly allocated lines are vital components of the Île-de-France rail network of Paris and its surroundings, serving 70,000 passengers daily. The rail network accommodates 900 train passages each day, with a total of 32 stations or stops along the way. Together, they amount to 2.9 million commercial train kilometres per year, or 4.6 percent of the network operated by SNCF Voyageurs. This initial decision marks the gradual transition toward introducing competition for the operation of rail lines that were previously managed solely by SNCF Transilien, the brand name for SNCF rail services within Île-de-France.
Under the terms of the public service contract (PSO), the Keolis and SNCF Voyageurs consortium will serve as the operator for the designated lines for a duration of seven years. During this period, the company will undertake various responsibilities, including operation and service on the specified lines, management and maintenance of rolling stock, oversight of associated service facilities, such as the maintenance and tram-train storage site in Noisy-le-Sec, and managing stations and infrastructure.
The Stretto consortium has committed to achieving higher levels of punctuality, operational performance, and passenger information. These improvements are made possible by the recent modernisation of rolling stock for T4 and the Esbly-Crécy branch of Line P. Additionally, Stretto will manage the infrastructure maintenance for T4 and oversee train operations on T4 and T11, including the management of track switches on the line.
Building on past experience
Transilien SNCF Voyageurs has been a frontrunner in tram-trains in Île-de-France since 2006 when it began operating T4, the region’s first tram-train line, running on the former Coquetiers line between Aulnay-sous-Bois and Bondy. The T4 tram-train line now spans 13.5 kilometres, serves 20 stations, and operates with a fleet of 30 Citadis Dualis trams for 530 daily trips. The Esbly – Crécy-la-Chapelle branch of Line P, in service since 1902, welcomed the first Avanto tram-train cars in 2011.
Since 2017, Keolis and SNCF Voyageurs have been operating T11 through their subsidiary Transkeo, in which Keolis holds a 51 percent stake and SNCF Voyageurs holds 49 percent. Keolis group itself is also for 70% owned by SNCF. The T11 line connects Epinay-sur-Seine to Le Bourget, serving 35,000 passengers daily at seven stops across 11 kilometres, providing seamless connections to Transilien and RER train services. Since July 2022, Keolis and SNCF Voyageurs have also operated tram-train T13, which runs between Saint-Germain-En-Laye and Saint-Cyr-l’Ecole in the Yvelines, spanning 12 stations and 19 kilometres and offering numerous connections to various rail lines, including RER A and RER C, as well as Transilien lines L, N, and U.
Keolis and SNCF Voyageurs are also preparing for the launch of tram-train T12 between Massy and Evry-Courcouronnes, scheduled for December 2023.