Arriva’s £1.4bn Netherlands contract
Arriva has been awarded a 15 year bus and rail contract in the Dutch province of Limburg worth £1.4bn. From 11 December 2016, it will operate a fleet of 226 new buses serving passengers in towns and cities including Maastricht, Heerlen and Roermond. A fleet of 36 new trains will also be operated. The Limburg concession award comes six months after Arriva Netherlands began operating new contracts in the Brabant region bordering Limburg. Arriva already runs 1,200 buses and 101 trains with 5,000 employees in the Netherlands.
Chief Executive of Arriva, David Martin, said, ‘We are already a major transport operator in the Netherlands so we are naturally delighted to be expanding our operations further in the south of the country. We submitted a pioneering bid for the Limburg concession which was based around innovation, new ticketing systems for customers and new connections across the region and into Germany and Belgium. We look forward to starting in December next year and attracting more people to bus and rail services in the Netherlands.’