Friday, 14 May, 2021

CDG Express: Transdev files a complaint against Keolis / RATP


Transdev has filed a complaint with the Competition Authority against the consortium formed by Keolis and RATP Dev, its opponent to obtain the operation of the future CDG Express link which is to link Paris to Roissy airport, Keolis said.

CDG Express

The transport operator Transdev has filed a complaint with the Competition Authority against the consortium formed by Keolis and RATP Dev, its opponent to obtain the operation of the future CDG Express link which is to link Paris to Roissy airport, Keolis said on Wednesday 14 November. “We were informed that the Transdev company had taken the initiative to file a complaint with the Competition Authority against our group and its parent companies,” a spokesperson told AFP. word of Keolis (a subsidiary of SNCF).

Transdev (a subsidiary of the Caisse des Dépôts) would request a suspension of the group’s candidacy, he said. RATP did not wish to “make additional comments”. Several subjects are being examined by the Competition Authority, understands the specialist magazine Ville, Rail & Transports, in particular the fact that Keolis and RATP Dev – through their parent companies SNCF and RATP – are already in a monopoly situation on the network. railway in Ile-de-France.

Moreover, by announcing their alliance even before the launch of the call for tenders, they would in fact have discouraged any attempt to set up on the part of foreign operators. Only Transdev also responded to the call for tenders.

32 km journey

“What surprises us is that our group applied for a candidate on March 6, 2017. We have been working on this file for more than twenty months,” noted the spokesperson for Keolis. “The Transdev company consciously expresses the risk of compromising the planning of the project, and in particular the commissioning of CDG Express in 2024 for the Olympic Games”, he added.

Contacted by AFP, Transdev and the Competition Authority did not wish to speak. The designation of the operator of the CDG Express was expected in the coming days.

This link will connect at the end of 2023 the Gare de l’Est, in the center of Paris, to terminal 2 at Roissy airport. The trip, 32 kilometers long, should last twenty minutes and cost 24 euros.

(With AFP)

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