Keolis Nederland

Keolis Nederland
IndustryPublic transport
Revenue€125 million
Number of employees
Logo of Syntus until 2016

Keolis Nederland is a public transport company operating bus and passenger train services in the Netherlands. Originally created as Syntus and owned by Connexxion, Keolis and Nederlandse Spoorwegen, since 2012 Keolis Nederland has been a 100% subsidiary of Keolis. Syntus is an acronym for Synergy between Train and Bus.[1][2]


Mercedes-Benz Citaro in October 2012
Syntus Twente VDL Citea in December 2013
Syntus Twente Alstom Coradia LINT in May 2007

In 1991 Geldersche Streekvervoer Maatschappij (GSM) and the Dutch Railways started a transport integration project called Integratie Gelderland Oost. Integration between train and bus was the main goal. GSM later merged with Gemeentelijk Vervoerbedrijf Arnhem to form Gelderse Vervoersmaatschappij.

In 1999 Syntus commenced rail operations, Connexxion, Keolis and Nederlandse Spoorwegen each owning one-third.[3] In 2007 Connexxion's share was purchased by Keolis and Nederlandse Spoorwegen.[4] In 2012 Keolis purchased Nederlandse Spoorwegen's 50% share.[5][6]

In October 2017, Syntus was rebranded Keolis Nederland with a new visual identity.[1][7]


Syntus propagates synergy, which is based on a so-called 'visgraatmodel' (fish bone model). In this model train service represent the backbones. Bus services represent the spokes that feed train services. After a while other public transport companies like Arriva and Veolia Transport copied the model.


In 2005, Syntus briefly operated a cross border service into Germany from Arnhem to Emmerich.[8]

From December 2006 until December 2013, Syntus operated the Almelo to Mariënberg rail concession under sub-contract to Connexxion.[9][10][11]

In August 2010, Syntus commenced an eight-year contract to operate services in Overijssel. In December 2010, it commenced a 10-year contract to operate services in Gelderland. In December 2016, it commenced a seven-year contract to operate services in Utrecht.[12]

In December 2017, Keolis Nederland has commenced a ten-year contract to operate bus services in Almere.[12] In the same month, it has commenced a 15-year contract to operate rail services in the province of Overijssel from Zwolle to Enschede and Zwolle to Kampen.[13][14][15] These will be operated by 16 Stadler Flirts.[16]


Syntus' corporate identity consisted of the colors yellow, white and blue. Every region has its own identity incorporated in the corporate identity. The Syntus brand was be retired in 2017 and replaced by the Keolis brand.[17][1]


  1. ^ a b c "Wie zijn we (Who are we)" (in Dutch). Keolis Nederland. Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  2. ^ Syntus in financial trouble? International Railway Journal 10 May 2012
  3. ^ Voith wins Syntus train maintenance contract Railway Gazette International 1 September 2009
  4. ^ Annual report for year ended 31 December 2007 Connexxion
  5. ^ Keolis buys NS stake in Syntus Railway Gazette International 6 August 2012
  6. ^ Keolis completes Syntus takeover International Railway Journal 6 August 2012
  7. ^ "Naam Syntus definitief vervangen door Keolis Nederland" (in Dutch). OV PRO. Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  8. ^ Abellio launches new Arnham - Dusseldorf service International Railway Journal 10 April 2017
  9. ^ Protos EMU order Railway Gazette International 1 April 2006
  10. ^ Annual Report for year ended 31 December 2008 Connexxions
  11. ^ Veolia Transdev to sell Dutch subsidiary International Railway Journal 18 February 2013
  12. ^ a b Syntus Keolis Group wins third contract in a row Keolis 27 September 2016
  13. ^ Syntus wins Zwolle operating contract Railway Gazette International 17 June 2015
  14. ^ Dutch operator Syntus awarded Zwolle rail contract European Railway Review 22 June 2015
  15. ^ NS withdraws appeal against Zwolle - Enschede contract award International Railway Journal 1 October 2015
  16. ^ Syntus orders Flirts for Zwolle services Railway Gazette International 2 March 2016
  17. ^ Stadler EMUs enter service with Dutch operators International Railway Journal 14 December 2016

External links

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