The Czech Ministry of Transport awarded Arriva a EUR 45 million contract for railway transport services on four express rail lines. Under the three-year contract Arriva will operate the railway lines from Prague to Tanvald, Novy Bor, Rakovnik and Ceske Budejovice cities.
The contract, directly awarded, will start from December 2019 with the option of an extension of up to two years.
“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,” Jana Siber, Managing Director, Mainland Europe, at Arriva, said.
As part of the contract, Arriva will expand its train fleet in the Czech Republic from 8 to 35, of which, 27 newly refurbished trains will be sourced from Deutsche Bahn.
Arriva entered the Czech rail market in 2013 and currently 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.