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Keolis Group choose Cardiff for international ‘Rail Mass Transit’ seminar

International passenger transport company, Keolis, will host over 90 directors and senior managers from around the world in Cardiff this week.

The delegates are experts drawn from the company’s many divisions responsible for train, metro and tram operations. The theme for the seminar is ‘Rail Mass Transit’.

Delegates from across the Keolis network, including as far afield as Australia, Canada, China, India, North America, Africa and Europe, will gather for the event in Cardiff to share best practice, examples of transformational rail, metro and tram projects and the latest in digitalisation initiatives to improve railway operations. Attendees will also visit the Canton Depot and gain an overview of KeolisAmey’s operation in Wales, where it operates and maintains the Transport for Wales (TfW) network.

Keolis International CEO, Bernard Tabary, commented: ‘The rail network in Wales has unique opportunities and challenges, but Keolis can call upon the experience of our experts from around the world to identify and implement the right solutions for local communities. We will have some of the most highly-skilled engineers, operations and maintenance specialists in the world all gathered in Cardiff to consider what the future of passenger services will look like.”

Keolis Group, which develops and operates some of the world’s busiest and most advanced transportation systems in 21 major international cities, has chosen the Welsh capital as the new home for its UK headquarters. This follows the signing of a 15-year joint venture with infrastructure support services provider Amey to operate and maintain TfW rail services. The deal will see the international giant invest nearly £2 billion over the course of the contract to modernise and transform the Welsh rail system in collaboration with TfW.

On KeolisAmey’s long-term vision for Welsh rail, Bernard Tabary said: “We are bringing all of our international expertise to deliver a world class transport system for Wales.  The transformation of the 1,600km rail network will include station upgrades, modern new trains, more passenger services and 600 new jobs.”