Arriva UK Trains
|Predecessor||Arriva and DB Regio's train operations in the UK|
|Chris Burchell (Managing Director)|
|Subsidiaries||Alliance Rail Holdings
Arriva Trains Wales
London Overground Rail Operations (50%)
DB Regio Tyne & Wear
Arriva UK Trains Limited is the company that oversees Arriva's train operating companies in the United Kingdom. It gained its first franchises in February 2000. These were later lost, though several others were gained. In January 2010, with the take-over of Arriva by Deutsche Bahn, Arriva UK Trains also took over the running of those formerly overseen by DB Regio UK Limited. After taking control of the Northern franchise, Arriva UK Trains now operates almost a quarter of all British train operating companies, more than rivals FirstGroup and Stagecoach.
Arriva currently runs the following railway companies:
- Alliance Rail Holdings
- Arriva TrainCare (formerly LNWR)
- Arriva Trains Wales
- Chiltern Railways
- Grand Central
- London Overground Rail Operations (50/50 joint venture with MTR Corporation)
- DB Regio Tyne & Wear
Arriva Trains Wales/Trenau Arriva Cymru operates the majority of rail services in Wales. The Wales & Borders franchise runs from 7 December 2003 until 13 October 2018, subject to Welsh Assembly Government reviews every five years.
Arriva Trains Merseyside ran urban rail services on Merseyside from February 2000 until March 2003 and Arriva Trains Northern ran local rail services in Northern England from February 2000 until December 2004. Both franchises were lost to Serco-Abellio. n December 2015, Arriva regained the Northern franchise with Northern commencing operations in April 2016.
Former DB Regio UK operations
In January 2008 it was announced that subject to regulatory approval, Deutsche Bahn would purchase Laing Rail which had itself just started operating the London Overground concession in partnership with MTR Corporation. As a result of the Deutsche Bahn purchase, Laing Rail Limited was renamed DB Regio UK Limited in April 2008.
Following the purchase of Arriva by Deutsche Bahn in August 2010, Arriva UK Trains expanded to taking over Deutsche Bahn's existing DB Regio UK division which consisted of Chiltern Railways, DB Regio Tyne & Wear, a 50% shareholding in the now closed Wrexham & Shropshire open access operation and a 50% shareholding in London Overground Rail Operations.
Post-merger growth strategy
Arriva UK Trains wishes to expand the number of UK Rail businesses it operates by developing open access operations and successfully bidding for further Department for Transport Rail Franchises. As part of this strategy in November 2011 Arriva bought open-access operator Grand Central Railway for an undisclosed price. Disappointingly in the last full financial year before the purchase, Grand Central's seven return trains a day lost £8.5m leaving an overall deficit of £35m. Alliance Rail Holdings continues to develop new open access proposals following the rejection of their initial plans by the Office of Rail Regulation in 2011. In June 2014 Alliance successfully concluded negotiations with Network Rail for access paths to run between Euston and Blackpool/Huddersfield and Leeds from 2017 using Pendolino trains. However, in January 2015 and despite Network Rail support, the Office of Rail Regulation refused all proposed GNWR services and the application for reasons that included protection of the revenues of Virgin Trains (the incumbent inter-city operator on the WCML) and thence payments to the Department for Transport. Also because of capacity issues. This followed a proposed in December 2013 to run services between Kings Cross and Skipton via Garforth and Keighley, but were withdrawn in 2014, by the Office Rail of Regulation.
During 2012 Arriva's applications to bid for the InterCity West Coast, Greater Anglia, Essex Thameside and Thameslink franchises were all rejected by the Department for Transport. Following this run of failure Arriva was publicly critical of the government's prequalification process and called for it to be abolished. However Arriva was shortlisted to bid for the aborted Greater Western franchise in March 2012 and the Caledonian Sleeper and Crossrail franchises in 2014.
- Companies House extract company no 3166214 Arriva UK Trains Limited
- Companies House extract company no 3076782 DB Regio UK Limited
- United Kingdom - Trains Arriva business activities
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