SWEDISH FOSSIL-FREE COMMUTER BUS SERVICE WITH DOUBLE-DECKERS
Västtrafik, the Swedish public transport authority, awarded Keolis Sverige, the Keolis Group’s subsidiary in Sweden, a new contract to operate the commuter bus service between Gothenburg and Boras, two cities in the west of the country. The fossil-free, biodiesel double-deck buses will provide a service to 1.3 million passengers every year. The 10,5 year contract is due to start in December 2020.
Gothenburg is Sweden’s second largest city with over 550,000 inhabitants. Boras, with over 65,000 inhabitants, lies 70 km east of Gothenburg. The commuter bus network spans over 65 km, will. New double-deck fossil-free biodiesel buses will be introduced to the network to replace the existing fleet. Each bus will be able to carry up to 80 passengers and will be equipped with modern commodities such as charging points, WiFi and comfortable seating. New parking facilities for the buses will be set up in Boras and the Keolis depot in Gothenburg will be reinforced to carry out maintenance on the buses. Arnaud van Troeyen, Deputy CEO International at Keolis: “We look forward to running this new fossil-free bus commuter service, drawing on our experience with double deck buses in France, Belgium and the US to provide passengers with a shared, comfortable and environmentally-friendly commuting experience.”
Present in Sweden since 2003, Keolis Sverige is the second-largest player in the Swedish bus market, now with over 6,000 employees. It operates in eight regions with 1,700 fossil-free buses, covering 93 million km and carrying 312 million passengers every year.