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07 Feb 2019

Arriva secures its biggest rail contract yet in the Czech Republic

Arriva secures its biggest rail contract yet in the Czech Republic: Arriva Czech Republic 1

  • A new rail contract, worth €45m, has been awarded to Arriva this week
  • The three-year contract, starting in December 2019, will add four new express lines to Arriva’s existing rail portfolio
  • Passengers will see the introduction of 27 newly refurbished trains

London, 7 February 2019: Arriva has this week signed a new three-year contract operating four express rail lines from Prague to the Czech cities of Tanvald, Novy Bor, Rakovnik and Ceske Budejovice.

The contract was awarded by the Czech Ministry of Transport following a direct award. Arriva will operate services for three years from December 2019 with the option of an extension of up to two years.

It will mean that Arriva will expand its train fleet in the Czech Republic from 8 to 35. 27 newly refurbished trains will be sourced from Deutsche Bahn, Arriva’s parent company, with passengers set to benefit from wider and more comfortable seats, WiFi and power outlets.

This latest win builds on Arriva’s existing success in the Czech Republic. Arriva entered the emerging Czech rail market in 2013 and today operates urban rail services in Prague and a long distance service to Slovakia. In December 2018, Arriva started operating the S49 line in Prague for the next 10 years.

Jana Siber, Managing Director, Mainland Europe, said: “The addition of these four express lines to our rail portfolio is a testament to how we’re continuously developing successful transport solutions for our clients. We look forward to delivering the fast and reliable services that our passengers expect of us.”

Notes to editors

Arriva Czech Republic entered the Czech market in 2006, eventually becoming the bus transport market leader with approximately 20% share. The company established itself around the major cities of Prague, Ostrava, and Teplice, while also building out in the regions of Central Bohemia, Eastern Bohemia, and Northern Moravia.

Arriva is one of the leading providers of passenger transport in Europe, employing over 60,000 people and delivering more than 2.4 billion passenger journeys every year.

Arriva is part of Deutsche Bahn, one of the world’s leading passenger transport and logistics service providers. Headquartered in Sunderland, UK, Arriva is responsible for Deutsche Bahn's regional passenger transport services outside of Germany.

Arriva operates across 14 European markets: the Czech Republic; Croatia; Denmark; Hungary; Italy; the Netherlands; Poland; Portugal; Serbia; Slovakia; Slovenia, Spain; Sweden; and the UK.