Qbuzz

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Industry Public transport
Founded April 2008
Founder Rob van Holten
Leon Struijk
Headquarters Amersfoort, Netherlands
Revenue €213 million (2016)
Profit €9 million (2016)
Owner Nederlandse Spoorwegen
Number of employees
2,100 (2017)
Website www.qbuzz.nl


Qbuzz is a public transport company in the Netherlands that operates services in Utrecht, Drenthe and Groningen. Founded in 2008, it has been a 100% subsidiary of Nederlandse Spoorwegen since 2013.

History[edit]

Qbuzz was founded in 2008 by former Connexxion directors Rob van Holten and Leon Struijk.[1] Having initially had a 49% shareholding, Nederlandse Spoorwegen purchased the remaining 51% in April 2013.[2][3]

In March 2015, Qbuzz was awarded a 15 year concession to operate services in the Limburg region from December 2016. However after the discovery of irregularities during the tender process, the contract was awarded to Arriva.[4][5][6] In July 2016, Nederlandse Spoorwegen announced its intention to sell the business.[7] The sale is expected to be concluded in 2017.[8]

Operations[edit]

In December 2008, Qbuzz started operating bus services in Friesland and Rotterdam.[9] Upon being re-tendered, the Friesland services passed to Arriva in December 2016.[10]

In December 2009, Qbuzz commenced the concession to operate bus services in Groningen and Drenthe until December 2019.[10][11] In December 2011, Qbuzz began operating the bus and sneltram services in Utrecht trading as U-OV until December 2023.[1][12][13]

Fleet[edit]

As at March 2016, Qbuzz operated 686 buses and 27 trams.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Connexxion, Arriva and Qbuzz NRC Handelsblad 2 September 2011 (Dutch)
  2. ^ NS obtains remaining share in Qbuzz Nederlandse Spoorwegen February 2014
  3. ^ Qbuzz Abellio
  4. ^ NS uncovers tendering irregularities Railway Gazette International 29 April 2015
  5. ^ Arriva wins re-awarded Limburg operating contract Railway Gazette International 3 June 2015
  6. ^ Arriva delighted as it profits from scandal at rival Abellio The Daily Telegraph 9 June 2015
  7. ^ NS puts Qbuzz up for sale Railway Gazette International 11 July 2016
  8. ^ Annual Report for 2016 Nederlandse Spoorwegen
  9. ^ Qbuzz had to get out of the way De Telegraaf 13 December 2008 (Dutch)
  10. ^ a b Qbuzz loses ground in the north RTV Drenthe 11 August 2016 (Dutch)
  11. ^ Free travel with Qbuzz Groningen Provence (Dutch)
  12. ^ Qbuzz wins Utrecht sneltram concession Railway Gazette International 26 October 2010
  13. ^ BRU selects Qbuzz to operate bus and light rail in Utrecht Global Mass Transit 26 October 2010
  14. ^ Abellio facts & figures Abellio 29 March 2016

External links[edit]

Media related to Qbuzz at Wikimedia Commons