Deutsche Bahn adds Czech operations to Sunderland-based Arriva

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TRANSPORT chiefs have strengthened their position as the largest international passenger transport operator in central and eastern Europe.

Arriva, which has its headquarters in Doxford International, Sunderland, has taken over Abellio’s operations in the Czech Republic, which comprised bus services operator Probo Bus and PT Real, an asset management and engineering company.

The new business will operate as part of Arriva, Deutsche Bahn’s division for passenger transport operations outside of Germany and employ approximately 200 people.

It will operate more than 110 vehicles split between its inter-urban services in central Bohemia and the Plzensky region, and integrated intercity and urban transport in Prague, Beroun and Horovice. Annual revenues for 2012 were about £8.5million.

Arriva has been active in the Czech Republic since 2006. The acquisition, for an undisclosed sum, sees Arriva expand its operations in the country to more than 2,000 buses, four trains and some 3,100 employees.

Mike Cooper, MD – mainland Europe and deputy CEO, said: “We know the market well, and our aim is to provide the best possible service to customers and continue our constructive relations with the Czech transport and tendering authorities.”