Arriva grows in Croatia

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Arriva has expanded its footprint in Croatia with the signing of a new contract in Velika Gorica. ARRIVA


Arriva is growing its international bus operations in Croatia, having successfully won a new contract in the city of Velika Gorica, Croatia’s sixth-largest city, located south of Zagreb. The expansion of the company’s footprint in Croatia will increase its fleet size to more than 600 vehicles serving 1,000 destinations throughout the country, as well as cross-border routes to Italy, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia.

The new services will begin in July, and the new contract will bring up to 50 additional jobs into Arriva. The contract will run for seven years and use a fleet of 18 MAN Lion’s City low-floor buses featuring air conditioning and electronic passenger information screens. Arriva Croatia also plans to introduce five electric buses in Velika Gorica from next year, making it the first of Croatia’s major cities to adopt zero-emission public transport.

Sian Leydon, Managing Director for Mainland Europe, said: “This is an important win for our business in Croatia and underlines our reputation as one of the country’s leading public transport providers. Securing the opportunity to expand our operations into Velika Gorica will provide essential links for commuters and is a real endorsement of the quality service we’re delivering in Croatia. Expanding transport links between cities will encourage people to switch from private cars to public transport which is good for the environment and for relieving congestion and pollution.”

Arriva has operated local, regional and international bus services in Croatia since 2013 and serves around 11.7m passengers a year. The business manages 14 bus stations, along with nine maintenance centres and employs more than 1,000 staff in the country.