Acquisitions in Slovakia reinforce Arriva’s presence in Central and Eastern Europe

3 August 2015  •  Author(s): Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

Arriva has announced further growth into the Central and Eastern Europe bus market with the acquisition of two operators in Slovakia.

Acquisitions in Slovakia reinforce Arriva’s presence in Central and Eastern Europe

The acquisition of SAD Liorbus Group and bus operator SAD Trnava Group will see Arriva Slovakia increase its fleet to more than 1,350 buses and have almost 2,400 people in its employment. In addition to the recent acquisition, Arriva operates three bus businesses; Arriva Nové Zámky, Arriva Nitra and Arriva Michalovce.

SAD Liorbus Group currently operates a regional bus network in northern Slovakia, Žilina Region and city services in towns of Ružomberok, Liptovský Mikuláš and Dolný Kubín, while SAD Trnava Group operates a regional bus network in western Slovakia, Trnava Region and city services in the towns of Trnava, Piešťany, Hlohovec and Senica.

David Martin, Arriva CEO, said: “Arriva is a strong market leader in Slovakia, and we are well positioned to take advantage of further growth opportunities here and across Central and Eastern Europe.

“We are focused on achieving further growth across the Arriva group. We have an excellent track record in the UK’s rail market and have submitted an innovative bid for the Northern rail franchise that draws on our rail experience in the UK and across Europe.

“As incumbent operator, we have also been invited to tender for the London Overground concession which has achieved some of the highest customer satisfaction and reliability scores in the industry and has been recognised both nationally and on a European level for our operational excellence. We will submit a compelling and innovative bid.”

László Ivan, CEO of Arriva Slovakia, said: “We are proud to extend Arriva’s operations in northern and western Slovakia, not only in the Nitra and Košice regions but also in the Žilina and Trnava regions.

“As a leading passenger transport group, we continue to grow, develop and provide quality services to our customers and Passenger Transport Authorities, and we are looking forward to bringing our experience and expertise to these regions to improve services for customers.”

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