Shanghai, China – Following thorough preparations and testing, Keolis, through its Chinese joint venture, successfully opened its first section of the Songjiang tram line on 26th December 2018 and welcomed its first passengers.

The open section is 13.9 kilometres long, with 20 stations and connects into Shanghai’s existing metro Line 9. Keolis pioneered the first automated metro line in Shanghai and will soon add to this, with the launch of an automated metro service at Shanghai International Airport.

The first tram network operated by Keolis in China

After being awarded a five-year contract to operate and maintain the Songjiang tram network in August 2018, Shanghai Keolis, the joint-venture between Shanghai Shentong Metro Group and Keolis, undertook the detailed operational preparedness required. This included staff recruitment, formulating rules and regulations, organisational structure, emergency planning, testing of the system and expertise review. All of which led to the successful opening of a first section of the network on 26th December 2018.

The service is being operated with 15 Citadis trams manufactured by Alstom and these will initially run every ten minutes from 5am to 11pm. The Songjiang tram is the first tram to be operated by Shanghai Keolis in China.

Following the opening of a next section of the network, scheduled in mid-2019, it will then be 31 kilometres long and have 46 stations. In addition, there will be an increase to 30 Citadis trams in total, and with this opening of this section the network is expected to then carry about 170,000 passengers per day.