Alex Guy, Ashurst`s partner, said the deal would help the South Australian government improve passenger rail transport at a good price-for-money price. The “exceptionally fair and reasonable” offer – which employs 353 people – also includes work, health and safety initiatives to avoid driver fatigue, special leave with pay rules and the maintenance of existing employment conditions. Keolis Downer is a joint venture between Keolis, France`s largest private transport group, and Downer Rail, an Australian rail technology company that operates bus and tram services in Australia. Keolis Downer, a joint venture between France`s Keolis and Australia`s Downer Group, has been awarded a $2.1 billion privatization contract to operate Adelaide`s commuter rail network for eight years. Over the first eight years of the contract, the Department of Infrastructure and Transport in South Australia and Keolis Downer will work together to improve rail services and improve the use of public transport, with a focus on safety and improving the customer experience. . . .

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