|Defunct||3 March 2011|
|Revenue||€2.5 billion (2010)|
|Owner||Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations|
Number of employees
Transdev was an international public transport group based in Issy-les-Moulineaux near Paris, France and operating in several countries. Originally created as Société centrale pour l'équipement du territoire in 1955 and developing transportation activities since 1973, Transdev was a subsidiary Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations, a French stated-owned financial institution. On 3 March 2011, the group merged with Veolia Transport, one of its main competitors, into Veolia Transdev. During 2013, Veolia Transdev was renamed Transdev, recognising the planned withdrawal of Veolia Environnement from ownership of the group.
Transdev was also a shareholder of Transamo, a transport engineering and consultancy firm in Europe, which specialises in the project management of public transport projects in France. It was passed onto Veolia Transdev after the merger. Société de Transports intercommunaux de Bruxelles (STIB) is the other major shareholder of Transamo.
- 1 Key figures
- 2 History
- 3 Operations prior to merger
- 4 References
- 5 External links
As of the time of the merger with Veolia Transport, the group had 47,000 employees and had an annual revenue of €2.5 billion. It had operations in France (representing 39% of its revenue, 18,200 employees), the Netherlands (33% of its revenue, 14,700 employees), the United Kingdom (11%), Italy (6%), Portugal (5%) and also in Germany, Australia, Canada, Spain and Morocco. Its fleet included, by its own account, 15,642 buses and water taxis, 542 subway carriages, trams and trains and 4,581 demand responsive service vehicles.
Transdev, a subsidiary of Caisse des dépôts et consignations since its creation in 1990, operates primarily in urban and interurban transport, but has recently diversified into specialist markets such as tourism, airport ground transportation and transportation in ski resorts. Due to the nature of franchising in France, the actual number of companies and joint ventures in the group is constantly changing.
From August 1999 until November 2009, TransdevTSL operated the Yarra Trams franchise in Melbourne. In August 2001, Transdev purchased Sydney bus operator Shorelink. In November 2003, TransdevTSL commenced operating a seven-year contract to operate Brisbane ferry services CityCat and CityFerry.
The joint venture was dissolved in December 2010, with Transfield selling its shares to Transdev, and the operations in Sydney and Brisbane are fully operated by Transdev.
In 2010, Transdev was awarded a contract to operate the Rabat-Salé tramway in Morocco for six years, but the tramway did not open until after the Veolia-Transdev merger in May 2011. Despite so, the tramway operated with Transdev's old logo until the rebranding of Veolia Transdev in 2013.
In 2002 Transdev started operating the Porto Metro system.
Transdev became the first continental European company to acquire an urban bus network in the UK with the purchase of London United in August 1997, giving the company a 9% share of the London bus market. In November 2002, a further London business, London Sovereign, was purchased.
In March 2004 as part of the Arrow Light Rail consortium it commenced operating the Nottingham Express Transit tram network with Nottingham City Transport, a company which it subsequently purchased an 18% stake.
Aftermath of merger with Veolia Transport
Transdev merged with Veolia Transport to form Veolia Transport in March 2011. However, RATP owned 25.6% stake of Transdev. As part of its withdrawal from Transdev’s capital, its stake would be exchanged for some of Transdev's operations, for a total value equal to that of its holdings. Some of the operations transferred were:
- Transdev Yellow Buses (England)
- London United (England)
- DolomitiBus (Italy)
- Vienne Mobilités (France)
- Transdev Champagne (France)
- Transdev Savoie (France)
As of January 2016, most of Transdev's operations (including Moroccan) have remained in the new Transdev company, with different names and most bearing the new Transdev logo. However, the Arrow Light Rail contract to operate Nottingham Express Transit was cancelled in 2011 when Tramlink Nottingham was selected as the preferred bidder for the construction of Phase 2 of the light rail, with its final day of operation on 16 December 2011.
Operations prior to merger
Upon its merger with Veolia Transport, Transdev operated the following services:
- Transdev Limocar a coach and transit bus operator in the province of Québec
- Semitan, the bus and tram operator for the city of Nantes
- Soléa, the bus and tram operator for the city of Mulhouse
- Transdev Champagne, Reims
- Transdev Savoie, Haute Savoie
- Vienne Mobilités (sold to RATP)
In Germany Transdev SZ operated seven regional bus companies in the German federal states of Rhineland-Palatinate, Hesse and North Rhine-Westphalia with 350 Employees and 360 buses. The headquarters was in Siegen. (North Rhine-Westphalia)
- DolomitiBus (sold to RATP)
Transdev owned a 50% share in Connexxion.
- Transdev operated in some Northern regions and is headquartered in Coimbra, where it also operated.
- Metropolitano de Tenerife (MTSA), operator of Tenerife Tram (Transdev (8.5%) together with Saycr and Ineco to form 14% stake)
- Transdev London Sovereign (later sold to RATP in 2014)
- Transdev London United (sold to RATP)
- Transdev Yellow Buses (sold to RATP)
- Transdev Blazefield
- Arrow Light Rail, operator of Nottingham Express Transit (18% stake, together with Nottingham City Transport, Bombardier Transportation, Carillion, Galaxy, Innisfree)
- "Revivre l'histoire du Groupe". transdev.eu. Archived from the original on 19 April 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2011.
- "Naissance de Veolia Transdev". veoliatransdev.com. Archived from the original on 16 May 2011. Retrieved 21 April 2011.
- "Merger of Veolia Transport and Transdev". Veolia Transport. Archived from the original on 27 July 2009. Retrieved 5 May 2010.
- "Completion of the merger of Veolia Transport and Transdev". Transdev. Archived from the original on 7 March 2011. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
- "The new scale of the RATP Group". RATP. 2011. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 4 March 2011.
- "Transdev Annual Report 2008" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 October 2009. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
- "Who are we?". Transamo. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
- "Transdev-chiffres clé du Groupe". transdev.eu. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2011.
- Transfield Services/Transdev Partnership with the State Government of Victoria to Operate Entire Melbourne Tram Network Transdev TSL 19 February 2004
- About Veolia Transdev Archived 9 April 2013 at the Wayback Machine Transdev Shorelink
- Transdev Morocco (July 2011), Retrieved 9 September 2016
- French company buys Connexxion Expatica 2 July 2007
- Transdev buys majority stake in Dutch bus firm Reuters 2 July 2007
- Transdev Acquisition Creates Fourth Largest Public Transport Corporation Group in Europe CNW Group 5 July 2007
- About Us Transdev London Sovereign
- Transdev turnover grows by over 64% TransportXtra issue 317 10 August 2007
- Final Statement of Accounts 2012/13 Nottingham City Council 2 October 2013
- Transdev wins race for Yellow Buses Archived 8 October 2013 at Archive.today Bus & Coach Professional 22 July 2005
- Transdev acquires Blazefield Group Archived 29 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine Bus & Coach Professional 7 January 2006
- A new stop for Blazefield Yorkshire Post 9 January 2006
- The new scale of the RATP Group Archived 21 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine, RATP, Retrieved 9 January 2016
- "Transdev sells London Sovereign to RATP Dev". Retrieved 25 May 2014.
- wikinews:All change for Nottingham, England trams as new operator announced, Wikinews, Retrieved 5 September 2014
- Chronicle at homepage of Transdev SZ Germany Archived 28 August 2010 at the Wayback Machine (German only)
- Veolia Transdev. "Tenerife-Spain Tranvia" (PDF). Retrieved 9 January 2016.