concession IJssel-Vecht: 11-12-2020 to 12-2030
6 December 2019: It was officially announced that Keolis ordered 259 electric buses with BYD for the new concession IJssel-Vecht that starts in December 2020. There are 206 12-meter buses, the others are 13 meter and 8.7 meter. No articulated buses have been ordered, for the time being existing CNG artics and the new Capacity buses in Zwolle will be retained.
The concession was won by Keolis.
On 20 March 2019 the province of Overijssel published the new livery and name. Click here for the site.
In July 2019 it was announced that Connexxion, Arriva, Keolis and EBS were bidding for the concession.
The English transaltion of the Dutch text in the link above:
From December 2020, travelers on regional public transport in the Eastern Netherlands will not only be traveling on new and sustainable buses, but also on buses with a new look. “With the brand and house style“ RRReis ”in a purple-blue-green style, we present regional public transport in the provinces of Flevoland, Gelderland and Overijssel as one cohesive network of reliable and accessible public transport. Travelers reach their destination carefree without having to think about provincial borders and different regional carriers, “said the deputies Jop Fackeldey (Flevoland), Conny Bieze (Gelderland) and Bert Boerman (Overijssel). The spelling of RRReis with an “R” three times symbolizes the cooperation of the three provinces. The brand and the “RRReis” house style are gradually being introduced in the three provinces. The new vehicles get this style with every new bus and train concession.
Recognizable regional public transport
Before the definitive choice for the new brand was made, various names and styles for public transport were tested among residents of the three provinces. RRReis with a purple-blue-green color emerged as the best. The colors represent reliability, innovation and connection. The name RRReis is also easy to combine with different product formulas or campaigns to bring bus and train transport to the attention of residents and visitors. The brand and the corporate identity “RRReis” is owned by the three provinces, so that even with a new tender the uniform appearance and recognisability of regional public transport will be continued.
The colleges of the Provincial Executive of Flevoland, Gelderland and Overijssel work together in the tendering of bus and train transport in the three provinces. There are currently seven different areas for public transport in the east of the Netherlands. This will be three. The first new IJssel-Vecht concession starts in December 2020. At the beginning of September 2019, it will be known which transport company will drive here in the coming 10 years. In December 2022 the new buses will run in the Rhine-Waal area. In the Berkel-Dinkel area this will be from December 2023. From December 2021 the regional trains will gradually get a new look.
The provinces of Flevoland, Overijssel and Gelderland decided to re-arrange the concession areas to better reflect passenger flows, rather than using administrative provincial boundaries. The re-arrangement includes:
-merger of the concession Midden Overijssel (now Syntus) and the Veluwe concession (now Syntus) per December 2020. For the Midden Overijssel concession, that terminates in August 2020, a transition solution will be proposed to cover the period August-December 2020,
-integration of the concession Lelystad (now Arriva) per December 2021,
-integration of the concession IJsselmond (now OV Regio IJsselmond=Connexxion) by the end of 2023.
During the concession period the southermost part of the Veluwe concession will be separated (logically to be integrated into Arnhem-Nijmegen in 2022 or 2024), as will be the Deventer area (logially to be integrated into Achterhoek in 2025. It my very well be possible that by that time a reorganisation of Achterhoek-Arnhem/Nijmegen-Rivierenland also takes place.
The tender was published 10 September 2018, submissions can be done until 19 October 2018.