[London, Thursday 5 September] The start of a new bus contract in the Polish capital city of Warsaw has increased Arriva’s presence in the urban Polish bus market and reinforced its position as the second largest private transport operator in the Capital.
Arriva is commencing a new contract in Warsaw beginning the roll-out of 54 brand new Solaris Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses. These replace the existing diesel bus fleet and will help to contribute to the reduction of nitrogen oxides (NOx) by up to 50%, and of carbon dioxide by up to 20%. The new services commenced at the end of August 2019.
Jana Siber, Arriva’s Managing Director for Mainland Europe, said: “We’re delighted to start this contract, which reinforces our position as one of the leading private transport operators in Warsaw. Our ability to invest in greener vehicles is one of the many reasons our clients choose to work with us. We have strong experience in operating bus services in other capital cities such as Copenhagen and Stockholm, putting us in a strong position to transfer knowledge and skills across all our markets.”
The eight-year contract is worth €78m Euros for Arriva. It follows the award of an eight year €32m contract to deliver bus services, which commenced in December 2018. This means Arriva has secured two significant contract wins in Warsaw in the past twelve months.
Warsaw Passenger Transport Authority granted Arriva its first contract to run bus services in 2016, bringing the total number of bus contracts for Arriva in Warsaw up to three. The 54 new buses will bring Arriva’s total bus fleet number in Warsaw up to 142.
Passengers using Arriva’s new bus services in Warsaw will see benefits including air conditioning, a modern stop announcement system and LCD screens with real time travel information. The noise emission of the gas-fueled Solaris buses will be lower than that of diesel models, which will significantly increase travel comfort.