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.”