Arriva Group has been awarded South Moravian rail contract in the Czech Republic following a competitive tender process. The contract has been signed by the Deputy Governor South Moravia, Jiří Crha, the Director Kordis in Jihomoravsky, Jiří Horský, the Director of Trains Arriva CZ, Jiří Nálevka, and the Managing Director of Arriva CZ, Daniel Adamka.
The new train services are due to start operating in December 2024 and the contract will run for 10 years. EUR 94 million is the value of the contract which will contribute to the growth of Arriva’s footprint in Czech Republic.
Passengers in South Moravia will be served by 13 new trains, which will be able to carry 100 seated passengers, with additional spaces for prams, wheelchairs and bicycles.
Arriva has demonstrated long-standing success in rail operations in Czech Republic, in particular a three-year track record of delivering high-quality passenger services on lines in the neighbouring region of Zlín, which led to this successful bid. In the coming years Arriva aims to ensure seamless inter-city connections and a focus on improved accessibility.
“We are delighted that our team has been successful in securing a contract in a completely new region of the Czech Republic, growing our business there. This contract will expand on our presence in the neighbouring region of Zlín,” Sian Leydon, Arriva Group’s Managing Director for Mainland Europe, said.
The South Moravian rail follows the recent 15-year rail contract awarded to operate services in the Pilsen region of Czech Republic, securing Arriva’s position as the second largest private rail operator in the country. Under the contract for train services in Pilsen Region, Arriva’s train fleet will expand from December 10, 2023, with nine electric trains serving the Horažďovice, Plzeň to Pňovany route.
Arriva has become the second largest rail passenger operator in the Pilsen Region, after České dráhy, the state-owned company.