Abellio (transport company)

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Abellio Transport Holding BV
Founded 2001 (as NedRailways)
Headquarters Utrecht, Netherlands
Key people
Jeff Hoogesteger, CEO
Parent Nederlandse Spoorwegen
Website www.abellio.com

Abellio operates public transport services in Europe, with both bus and rail networks. It was founded as NedRailways in 2001, before being renamed Abellio in October 2009. Abellio is the international arm of the Dutch national rail operator Nederlandse Spoorwegen.

The Netherlands[edit]

Abellio is the owner of buscompany Qbuzz and has a minority share in HTM Personenvervoer.

In February 2015 Abellia won the contract of the Province of Limburg to provide for the entire public transport (busses and 4 regional rail lines) from 2016 up to 2031. Due to unfair behavior of Abellio during the tender for the contract, the contract was withdrawn, while the company Arriva received the contract.[1] Abellio had obtained secret information of competitor Veolia through a former employee of Veolia which was hired by the daughter company of Abellio, Qbuzz.[2]

From 2016 Abellio will operate the railway line between Gouda and Alphen aan den Rijn.


Main article: Abellio Deutschland

Abellio operates several regional railway lines in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia as well as owning several bus companies throughout Germany, through Abellio Deutschland.

United Kingdom[edit]

A pair of Abellio Surrey Mini Pointer Darts at Byfleet depot


Abellio entered the UK bus market in May 2009 purchasing the Travel London and Travel Surrey businesses from National Express and rebranding them Abellio London and Abellio Surrey in October 2009.[3] Both operate in the South East of the United Kingdom.


Abellio have a 50% shareholding in Serco-Abellio that has bid for a number of UK rail franchises, operating the Merseyrail franchise since July 2003[4] and the Northern Rail franchise since December 2004.[5] Serco-Abellio also lodged unsuccessful bids for the Wales & Borders and West Midlands franchises.

Abellio have also bid for a number of franchises in their own right, lodging bids for the South Western (in partnership with FirstGroup), London Overground, South Central, InterCity West Coast, Essex Thameside and Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchises.[6][7]

In February 2012, Abellio Greater Anglia commenced operating the Greater Anglia franchise,[8] and in April 2015, Abellio ScotRail commenced operating the ScotRail franchise.[9][10][11]

Czech Republic[edit]

Abellio bought the established bus enterprise PROBO BUS a.s. and run its network in the Czech Republic since 2009. It consists of regional bus transport in Beroun District and surroundings and some long-distance bus lines between Prague and South and West Bohemia.

Abellio CZ a.s. founded in July 2011 is a Czech daughter of Abellio Transport CZ Holding B.V. Since 1 April 2011, their member of board is Petr Moravec, formerly general manager of Veolia Transport Česká republika and manager of personal transport of Czech Railways (ČD). In spring 2012, Abellio CZ lodged an extensive complaint about wrong assignment of the tender to running of fast train line Ostrava – Krnov – Olomouc. The complaints were completely rejected.

In November 2013, Abellio sold their Czech subsidiary Abellio CZ and PROBO BUS to DB Mobility Logistics AG of Deutsche Bahn group and installed attorneys of ARRIVA holding Česká republika s.r.o. to their board.


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