Transport company aims for the continent

Arriva is hoping to win French train contracts

Arriva is hoping to win French train contracts

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A TRAVEL firm in the North-East is hoping to break into the French railway market, it was reported today.

Arriva wants to start four pilot projects to show how privatisation could potentially bring service improvements and cost savings to regional rail lines.

The operator, which began as a second-hand motorcycle shop in Sunderland in 1938, has six UK rail businesses, including Chiltern services between London and Birmingham.

Chief executive David Martin is trying to break the grip of France’s national railway company, SNCF, with an offer to French regional authorities to trial privately run passenger services from 2016.

Arriva, bought by Germany’s Deutsche Bahn in 2010, said it had received “strong early interest” from French regional authorities in its plans.

Mr Martin said: “We have put forward a compelling proposal, designed to save money for the French taxpayer and provide a better service for the passenger, and have received strong early interest from a number of the regional authorities."

France is renowned for its high-speed TGV cross-country services, but the railway system as a whole suffers from lower passenger satisfaction scores than the UK for punctuality and reliability.

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6:20pm Sun 30 Mar 14

darloboss says...

so the germans are invading france again
so the germans are invading france again darloboss
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6:30pm Sun 30 Mar 14

darloboss says...

the panzers will be rolling by dawn
the panzers will be rolling by dawn darloboss
  • Score: 2

8:14pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Longbowman666 says...

If they run their trains the same way as they do their buses, they'll be out of business in a few months!
If they run their trains the same way as they do their buses, they'll be out of business in a few months! Longbowman666
  • Score: 2

11:55am Mon 31 Mar 14

cushybutterfield says...

Its a pity the Germans and the Dutch could not invade us together,, they would show us how to RUN 'railways, bus services and transport' EFFICIENTLY and REGULARLY in two inches of snow and 'leaves on the railway line'. After all they reached the outskirts of Stalingrad wearing summer uniforms and WITHOUT negative 'Trade Union' interference. So much for modern, progressed Britain, more like the travel in the Stone-age, no wonder pedal assisted Rickshaws are popular now in some British Cities..
Its a pity the Germans and the Dutch could not invade us together,, they would show us how to RUN 'railways, bus services and transport' EFFICIENTLY and REGULARLY in two inches of snow and 'leaves on the railway line'. After all they reached the outskirts of Stalingrad wearing summer uniforms and WITHOUT negative 'Trade Union' interference. So much for modern, progressed Britain, more like the travel in the Stone-age, no wonder pedal assisted Rickshaws are popular now in some British Cities.. cushybutterfield
  • Score: 0

12:00pm Mon 31 Mar 14

cushybutterfield says...

Good old self-taught Geordie,.....George Stephenson went FASTER in his politically UNcorrect 'Rocket', again WITHOUT negative, stone age 'Trade Union interference' Mrs *****Merkel******* please give us some *real efficient hardworking workers who can run a railway and transport in Britain, all year round..
Good old self-taught Geordie,.....George Stephenson went FASTER in his politically UNcorrect 'Rocket', again WITHOUT negative, stone age 'Trade Union interference' Mrs *****Merkel******* please give us some *real efficient hardworking workers who can run a railway and transport in Britain, all year round.. cushybutterfield
  • Score: -1

12:03pm Mon 31 Mar 14

black&whitehorse says...

yes they got to stalingrad but they eat a lot of horses on the way
yes they got to stalingrad but they eat a lot of horses on the way black&whitehorse
  • Score: 2

12:29pm Mon 31 Mar 14

darloboss says...

didnt the rocket go a record speed of 36 mph
i could do that on rollerskates
didnt the rocket go a record speed of 36 mph i could do that on rollerskates darloboss
  • Score: 1

1:46pm Mon 31 Mar 14

cushybutterfield says...

I can walk backwards and quicker to work than most 'British Trains and Buses'. Heck can many go any slower (that's if they are running and allowed to run by workshy 'Daily Union Shirkers', and if so..... would rate as a near miracle. Of course most public transport and services stops in Britain after 'two inches of snow, 'a leaf on the line' or a 'Senior past' Dinosaur-Age Trade Unionist' has had his Tea stirred the 'wrong way'. Angela Merkel ALL is forgiven,please come and show us how to run professional efficient Public Transport Service(s) in Britain. Contingent North East ****Stone Age British 'Fred and Wilma' will meet you at the Airport, they are easily spottable as they will be sitting in their painted cave- red ...... 'Rock-Wooden seated Chariot'..
I can walk backwards and quicker to work than most 'British Trains and Buses'. Heck can many go any slower (that's if they are running and allowed to run by workshy 'Daily Union Shirkers', and if so..... would rate as a near miracle. Of course most public transport and services stops in Britain after 'two inches of snow, 'a leaf on the line' or a 'Senior past' Dinosaur-Age Trade Unionist' has had his Tea stirred the 'wrong way'. Angela Merkel ALL is forgiven,please come and show us how to run professional efficient Public Transport Service(s) in Britain. Contingent North East ****Stone Age British 'Fred and Wilma' will meet you at the Airport, they are easily spottable as they will be sitting in their painted cave- red ...... 'Rock-Wooden seated Chariot'.. cushybutterfield
  • Score: 1

6:06pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Nicholas_Till says...

The long-distance (ordinary) trains I took some time ago in France were a treat. Was the price a half or a quarter of what one would expect to pay in Britain, for a same-day travel ticket? - I forget, but it was one of those fractions. Nice roomy seats and carriages. Punctual, as far as I remember. Fares straightforwardly refected distance.

Maybe it's subsidised a lot, maybe its commuter service isn't as comprehensive as in and around London, but as a punter I found SNCF more than fit for purpose. The French would be mad to break it up.

Getting onto a Fretwork South-East train at Dover on my return from one such trip was quite a shock.
The long-distance (ordinary) trains I took some time ago in France were a treat. Was the price a half or a quarter of what one would expect to pay in Britain, for a same-day travel ticket? - I forget, but it was one of those fractions. Nice roomy seats and carriages. Punctual, as far as I remember. Fares straightforwardly refected distance. Maybe it's subsidised a lot, maybe its commuter service isn't as comprehensive as in and around London, but as a punter I found SNCF more than fit for purpose. The French would be mad to break it up. Getting onto a Fretwork South-East train at Dover on my return from one such trip was quite a shock. Nicholas_Till
  • Score: 1

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