Arriva has submitted an utility to run the corporate’s first worldwide open-access prepare service between Groningen, the Netherlands and Paris, France.
The day by day five-hour journey would additionally undergo the foremost cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Antwerp and Brussels and is seen as a chance for the corporate to compete with air journey connections in Western Europe.
CEO Mike Cooper highlighted the function of worldwide rail journey in encouraging sustainable journey choices as it’s the most climate-friendly type of motorised public transport: “Through the use of our expertise throughout European markets to develop the potential of rail networks, we’ve got an actual alternative to facilitate altering journey patterns and encourage extra sustainable selections.
“This sort of progressive considering is sweet for the competitors which in flip advantages passengers.”
The applying for the cross-border service was submitted to the Netherlands Customers and Markets Authority by Arriva Netherlands, which can be anticipating to search for permission for related companies to components of Belgium and France sooner or later.
If permitted, the worldwide companies will run day by day from June 2026 with an outbound and return route, alongside a connection serving the route simply between Amsterdam and Paris.
As a part of the corporate’s plan to combine into the broader transport community, the service would additionally cease at Schipol Airport close to Amsterdam to encourage plane-to-train connections.
Arriva has seen a noticeable enlargement of its European choices in current months, together with contracts in mid-north Poland and the Pilsen area in Czechia. The corporate can be growing its presence within the Netherlands with a €300m contract for bus and rail companies within the east of the nation.
The corporate has additionally already launched its first open entry route, which means a service that’s not a part of any franchise settlement, outdoors of the UK with the start of its Groningen to Schipol Airport service in December of final 12 months.