The new scale of the RATP Group
The RATP Group has established itself in the United Kingdom and Switzerland. It is strengthening its presence in Italy, where it has become the number one foreign urban operator. In France, by gaining a foothold in new areas, it is consolidating its position as the leading urban carrier; now offering a real alternative to transit authorities.
With this operation, the RATP Group has passed a major milestone in its development; its turnover now stands at 4.7 billion euros.
As part of its withdrawal from Transdev’s capital, RATP had concluded, on Tuesday, 4 May, 2010, an agreement with Veolia Environnement and the Caisse des Dépôts, which would allow it to acquire assets belonging to Transdev and Veolia Transport, with revenues of 340 million euros.
When the proposed merger between Transdev and Veolia Transport was announced, RATP communicated its intention to exit from Transdev’s capital, of which it held a 25.6% stake, in exchange for French and international assets, for a total value equal to that of its holdings.
At a time when large international groups are forming in response to the gradual opening of the global market of public transport, the RATP Group fully intends to participate in this movement and seize opportunities in France and abroad, wherever they may arise. This operation is therefore perfectly in accordance with RATP’s ambition to become a worldwide reference; ranking among the top five public transport companies.
All of the assets acquired by EPIC RATP have been directly transferred to RATP Dev, its subsidiary in charge of managing transport network operations in France and abroad. 6,500 new employees have joined the RATP Group, which has now reached a total workforce of 56,000 employees.
The Group’s corporate governance has been modified to more adequately satisfy the requirements of its new dimension by:
- instituting a geographical and functional organisation to ensure close contact with transit authorities and by using the most skilled professionals to work on their projects
- and the creation of a Supervisory Board chaired by Pierre Mongin and an Executive Board chaired by Jean-Marc Janaillac.
16 companies in four European countries: France, United Kingdom, Italy and Switzerland
The RATP Group has gained a solid foothold in the United Kingdom, one of the most attractive markets in the world, thanks to its acquisition of:
- London United, historically one of the major London bus operators, which operates 57 of the most prestigious routes in the English capital, in the centre, west and south-west of London,
- Bournemouth Transport Limited, the leading operator in Bournemouth, Dorset, recognised for the service quality of its “Yellow Buses”,
- Stagecoach, the operator of the tram network « Metrolink » in Manchester.
In Italy, the RATP Group has acquired Transdev’s stakes in the Dolomiti Bus company, operator of numerous urban and intercity lines in the province of Belluno, in Venetia.
Already present in Tuscany and Modena, providing bus public transport services and as the Florence tram operator (commissioned in February, 2010), the RATP Group is thus reinforcing its presence in Italy, where it aims to become the number one foreign urban operator.
In France, RATP Dev has acquired companies operating urban networks in Bourges, Moulins, Vienne and Vierzon, as well as an ensemble of inter-urban activities corresponding to 3 coherent geographical areas: Centre-Auvergne, Champagne and Rhône-Alpes.
• STU Bourges: The STU Bourges subsidiary operates, through a management mandate, the urban network of the Communauté d’Agglomération Bourges Plus, serving 17 municipalities in the département of Cher. The network includes 20 fixed routes, school transport and transport-on-demand services. STU Bourges has 77 vehicles and employs 179 members of staff.
• Moulins Mobilité: Moulins Mobilité provides services in the urban community of Moulins (7 municipalities), in Auvergne. This company also provides school bus and transport-on-demand services as well as services for people with reduced mobility. Moulins Mobilité has a fleet of 30 vehicles and 53 employees.
• STU Vierzon: STU Vierzon manages the urban transport network of the town of Vierzon, in Cher, encompassing 3 regular routes, 5 school routes, a free shuttle service, as well as a transport-on-demand service. It has 19 vehicles and 31 employees.
• STI Allier: operates fixed routes and provides school bus services in Allier and Saône et Loire, TER services (regional bus and rail transport) for Moulins - Nevers, Limoges - Tulle, Limoges - Felletin, Felletin – Montluçon, and also personnel transport. It has 84 vehicles and 108 employees.
• STI Centre: operates 20 fixed intercity routes in Indre (the “Aile Bleue” network) and in Cher, as well as school services in the départements of Cher, Indre and Vienne. It has 293 vehicles and employs 284 members of staff.
• Champagne Mobilités: this company operates, in particular, 5 fixed routes and 21 school routes for the General Council of Marne, a TER line (regional bus and rail transport), two urban routes in Reims, as well as personnel transport.
• Société des transports départementaux de la Marne: operates in the Trans-Champagne-Ardennes area, between Troyes, Chalons, Reims and Charleville. This company operates 17 fixed lines, including school services and personnel transport in Chalons en Champagne (4 lines), Reims (3 lines), Épernay (5 lines) and Vitry le François (5 lines). It employs 127 staff and its fleet comprises 111 vehicles.
Rhône-Alpes area /Switzerland
• Vienne Mobilités: located in Isère, this company operates the network for the urban agglomeration of the Pays Viennois (18 municipalities), which comprises 12 lines, including 1 school line and 4 transport-on-demand lines (27 vehicles, 52 employees).
• STI Haute-Savoie: provides 24 school services in Collonges and La Roche sur Foron for the General Council of Haute-Savoie, as well as the intercity service of the French sector of Geneva (43 vehicles and 50 employees).
• Alpbus Fournier: operates 3 fixed bus lines (La Roche sur Foron - Cluses, Saint-Jean de Sixt – Bonneville, Cluses - Les Carroz) and 4 school circuits, plus other occasional and tourist transport activities (36 vehicles and 41 employees).
• Société des Voyages Desbiolles: based in Reignier, Savoy, this company provides school bus services, tourist bus routes and occasional transport services (15 vehicles and 26 employees).
In Switzerland, RATP Dev has acquired public transport and tourist transport activities in Geneva and Avenches (104 vehicles, 120 employees). These activities will create a synergy with the nearby network of Annemasse, Haute-Savoie, already operated by RATP Dev, as well as with the activities which “Transports Publics Genevois” has already subcontracted them to manage.