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Thursday 28 June, 2007

Arriva PLC

Arriva enters Polish rail market


28 June 2007

Arriva plc

Arriva enters Polish rail market with innovative contract win

Arriva plc, one of Europe's leading bus and rail operators, has entered the
Polish rail market with 50/50 joint venture partner PCC Rail, one of Poland's
fastest growing cargo operators.

The PCC Arriva Consortium has been awarded a three-year contract to operate a
package of diesel train services in Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voidvodship (Region) in
north-west Poland. The contract is expected to generate approximately £20
million (PLN 100 million) revenue for the Consortium over its lifetime.
Operations will start in December 2007, serving around 60 stations and running
approximately 1.75 million kilometres a year.

David Martin, Arriva's chief executive, said: "Our entry into Poland, one of
Europe's major national markets for passenger transport, will increase the
number of countries in which Arriva operates to ten. This is the first contract
award of its type in the country, and will further develop Arriva's reputation
for innovation in bringing private sector expertise to mainland European
transport operations. We look forward to exploring similar opportunities in
both bus and rail in Poland.

"Arriva's experience of competitive tendering and PCC Rail's in-depth
understanding of the Polish rail market have made it possible to develop a
consortium bid that demonstrates how private operators can add value to the
Polish transport sector. We look forward to working with our partners to
deliver high quality services which represent good value for the tendering
authority."

Work has already started to create the new operation, which will employ around
120 people. A local administration and train crew base will be established to
recruit and train staff for the new company.

Note to Editors
 
  * Arriva is one of the largest private sector providers of passenger
    transport in mainland Europe, employing more than 34,000 people and
    providing more than one billion passenger journeys every year.
   
  * Arriva provides transport services including buses, trains, commuter
    coaches and water buses, and presently operates in nine European countries:
    Czech Republic, Denmark, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain,
    Sweden and the UK.
   
  * Arriva already operates rail services in Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands,
    Sweden and the UK.
   
  * Arriva and PCC Rail S.A entered in a 50/50 joint venture agreement in
    December 2006. A joint venture company, Arriva-PCC Sp. z o.o., is currently
    being formed following formal clearance from the competition regulator in
    Poland (UOKiK) on 19 June. The Consortium was formed to enable bidding for,
    and operation of, the contract in advance of the formation of the JV
    company.
   
ENDS

Enquiries:

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David Martin                                        +44 (0)191 520 4000
                                                                       
Chief Executive                                                        
                                                                       
Steve Lonsdale                                      +44 (0)191 520 4000
                                                                       
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