Operator handed 10-year extension to run Seoul Metro Line 9

A Transdev and RATP Dev joint venture has been given a new 10-year contract to operate and maintain Line 9 of the Seoul Metro.

Worth around €525 million, the contract extends the consortium’s management of the line, having taken over services in 2009.

Line 9, which covers 27 kilometres and 25 stations, is the only line in the South Korean capital that is operated by a private company.

Around 430,000 passengers use the line every day, travelling between the Gangnam district in the south east and Gimpo Airport in the west.

“We are very excited about this renewal demonstrates the confidence of our customer in our ability to offer a high quality of service [to] travellers,” said Jean- Marc Janaillac, chief executive of Transdev, and François-Xavier Perin chief executive of RATP Dev, in a joint statement.