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Arriva pre-qualifies for Crossrail concession

25 June 2013

Arriva welcomes the announcement by Transport for London today (25 June) that the leading European transport group has been shortlisted to bid for the Crossrail concession.

Arriva, Deutsche Bahn’s (DB) division for regional passenger transport services outside of Germany, submitted an expression of interest for the Crossrail concession in late in April.

Bob Holland, Arriva’s managing director – UK, said: “We submitted a strong expression of interest and to be selected by Transport for London to bid for this innovative contract is excellent news.

“We have worked successfully in partnership with Transport for London since 2007, through our joint venture* LOROL transforming the London Overground network.

“We are confident that we can draw from this - and the wealth of experience we and our parent company DB have elsewhere in UK and European rail - to help us create a winning bid that will contribute to creating a unique railway that is fully integrated with London’s transport network and will offer a step change in quality for the people of London.”

In the UK, Arriva operates six rail businesses – Arriva Trains Wales, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, Grand Central, Tyne and Wear Metro and joint venture LOROL*. The group also operates rail services in Denmark, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Sweden and Poland.

Arriva is also one of London’s largest bus operators running more than 19 per cent of the capital’s bus services under contract to Transport for London.

Crossrail is a joint venture between Transport for London and the Department for Transport to build a new railway linking Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.


Notes to editor:

  • Arriva is one of the largest providers of passenger transport in Europe with 55,900 employees operating in 15 countries.
  • LOROL operates London Overground contract on behalf of Transport for London (TfL). Working with Transport for London, LOROL has helped deliver TfL’s vision for the London Overground. Since 2007 it has successfully grown passenger journeys from 90,000 to 400,000 a day and passenger satisfaction has increased from 57 to 92 per cent. In January Transport for London announced a two-year extension to LOROL’s contract so it will operate London Overground until November 2016.
  • Arriva is part of Deutsche Bahn, one of the world’s leading passenger transport and logistics service providers. Headquartered in Sunderland, UK, Arriva is responsible for Deutsche Bahn's regional passenger transport services outside Germany.
  • Arriva’s parent company DB successfully operates the Munich S-Bahn which is comparable to Crossrail.
*LOROL is a joint venture between Deutsche Bahn (DB) and MTR Corporation. DB’s interest in LOROL is managed by Arriva – DB’s division for regional passenger transport outside of Germany.

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