DB Arriva in Sweden: Company Commences Transport Contract in Schonen
Deutsche Bahn’s subsidiary, DB Arriva, will continue to operate regional rail services in Schonen, southern Sweden. DB Arriva won the 8-year operating contract after an open tender in June 2017. The contract runtime is from December 2018–December 2026. It is worth 550 million euros to DB Arriva.
DB Arriva in Sweden
The company responsible for DB’s public transport services outside of Germany has been present in Malmö, Helsingborg and Trelleborg since 2007. Those contracts were DB Arriva’s first foray into operating rail services in Sweden.
Manfred Rudhard, CEO of DB Arriva, said:
“Our renewed competitive success in Sweden demonstrates our potential for future growth in Europe. This contract is a recognition of our performance and a major motivator when it comes to serving our customers. Around 23 million passengers per year will now benefit from new trains, better connections and digital services in the region.”
With the start of this new contract DB Arriva has also launched its new digital mobility platform Arriva Tågportal. This is also the first time the company has had full responsibility for maintenance, rail replacement services and station management in the region.
DB Arriva has been involved in Sweden’s local and regional transport networks since 1999. In June 2019 the company will operate the buses in southern Swedish port of Helsingborg. This bus contract is worth 185 million euros. In particular, it comprises 82 new or modernised buses, 13 of which will be electric. These latter buses will service the new Helsingborg Express Line. DB Arriva won this contract in spring 2018.