Arriva expands in to Europe

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SPAIN & CZECH REPUBLIC Arriva has increased its presence in Spain and the Czech Republic. In Spain it has acquired Galcia-based bus operators, Autos Carballo (Aucasa) and Santiaguesa Metropolitana. It sees Arriva Noroeste increasing its fleet by 69 buses and 43 employees, further strengthening its position as the main provider of bus services in Spain’s north western region.
Alfonso Blanco, Managing Director Arriva Spain, said: “The acquisitions of Autos Carballo and Santiaguesa Metropolitana confirm Arriva’s commitment to Galicia and the surrounding area where we are proud to have operated successfully for over 15 years. Arriva has a strong track record of investing in local communities to provide effective and efficient public transport and we are delighted to be expanding further in an important region of the country.”
Following the acquisitions, Arriva now operates 520 buses in Spain with 940 employees. Arriva’s Spanish operations also include DeBlas, Autocares Mallorca and Esfera.
In the Czech Republic Arriva has acquired CSAD MHD Kladno which has inter-urban services to the north and southwest of the capital Prague. CSAD MHD Kladno has 2% share of the Czech bus market with a fleet of 160 buses operating from one depot in Kladno. Previously owned by REGA Prerov, it generated revenues of €16m in 2015 and has 363 employees.
The deal, which strengthens Arriva’s market share in the Czech Republic, also includes service business KD Servis which manages fuel, vehicle parts and maintenance.