Arriva wins Stockholm contracts

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SWEDEN Stockholm transport authority SL named Arriva as the winner of two rail and bus operating contracts.

One contract covers the operation of suburban rail, light rail and local bus services from August 20, 2012. A separate contract covers the narrow gauge Roslagsbanan and buses in Norrort from January 6, 2013.

The combined bus and rail contracts bid to encourage coordination. Arriva will be given incentive to grow ridership. SL anticipates the Arriva will exceed minimum service levels set out in the contracts.

The contracts are worth 7bn Swedish Krona over eight years, with a four-year extension option.