Arriva has started a new 10-year contract in Trnava to provide public transport services in the western Slovakian city, located 47km north-east of Bratislava. The contract win follows a competitive tender for a contract currently operated by the company. As part of the contract, Arriva intends to modernise its fleet of buses with 34 brand new vehicles and increase the number of low-floor accessible buses as well as focussing on improved environmental performance.
This year, 17 new buses will be put into operation, with another 17 vehicles refurbished to give an improved passenger experience and new safety features. The second phase of the fleet renewal is scheduled for 2026 when a further 17 new vehicles will enter the fleet.
The new buses will be to Euro VI standard and provide an enhanced experience for customers on-board, with LCD information displays, free on-board WiFi and an audio next-stop information system. Each bus will also be equipped with on-board CCTV and a wheelchair ramp. Drivers will also benefit from an enclosed air-conditioned cab.
Jana Siber, Arriva Group’s Managing Director for Europe commented: “We are the strongest private bus operator in the Slovak Republic and I am proud that the team has secured this 10-year contract, which also represents an investment of €8 million in fleet upgrades. We expect this investment to make a difference to our passengers in the region who already know Arriva as an established operator.”
The new contract came into effect on 1 July, with the first new bus delivery taking place during July.