[NL / Expert] Arriva: new 15-year contract for the ‘northern lines’ – new FLIRT trains

DB Arriva will operate the regional rail services in northern Netherlands for a another 15 years. The DB subsidiary for passenger transport abroad has won the open competition tender for Groningen and Friesland. The new contract has a volume of 1.6 billion euro and will include cross-border traffic to Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony) in Germany. The 51 diesel-GTW trains now in operation will be modernized, 18 new hybrid FLIRT trains will be added to the fleet.