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DB Arriva: transporting passengers in 14 European countries

The DB Arriva Business Unit is responsible for all passenger transport activities outside Germany, with the exception of cross-border services.

DB Arriva has been part of the Deutsche Bahn Group since 2010. The company offers bus and rail services, and employs more than 56,000 people (excluding at affiliates; correct as of December 31, 2016). DB Arriva operates around 2.4 billion journeys per year using some 20,800 buses and 1,300 trains. The portfolio also includes road and light rail services in four countries, carsharing and bikesharing products, and 21 water taxis. Business activities are allotted to one of the three divisions UK Bus, UK Trains and Mainland Europe.

Today, DB Arriva is represented in the following 14 European countries: Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

DB Arriva ranks among the top performers in many European countries, especially in the bus segment. It currently holds a share of around 23 percent in the British passenger transport market. In Italy and Croatia, DB Arriva is the largest bus service provider that is not owned by the state or a local authority.

Rail passenger services are offered in the UK and also in the Czech Republic, Denmark, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Sweden. Since the takeover of Veolia Transport Central Europe in 2013, DB Arriva has also been the largest international passenger transport provider in eastern Europe, where it is steadily increasing its market share.

In December 2016, DB Arriva offered its first integrated rail, bus and innovative demand-responsive transport services in the province of Limburg in the south of the Netherlands. The contract, which will run until 2031, is worth two billion euros. There are plans to change over the services to a wholly electric, emission-free fleet by 2025. The company has offered rail services in the province of Friesland since 2005, and in mid-2017 the contract for the “Northern Lines” was awarded to DB Arriva again. This has a volume of 1.6 billion euros and will run until 2035. Since 2016, DB Arriva has operated the Northern Rail network under a transport contract for rail services in northern England with an annual operating performance of roughly 50 million train kilometers. This contract has a volume of more than ten billion euros and a term of nine years, with a one-year renewal option. Since 2012/13, DB Arriva has carried around 100 million passengers each year by bus, tram and train through the Swedish capital Stockholm. This is the largest multimodal transport contract in the country.

The takeover of Arriva provided new growth opportunities for the DB Group in the European passenger transport sector, giving it an excellent starting position for the anticipated consolidation and competition in an increasingly open European passenger transport market.