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Labour MEP calls on Deutsche Bahn to put Welsh passengers first in Arriva takeover

Welsh Labour MEP, Derek Vaughan, has issued a call for the needs of rail and bus passengers across Wales to remain a top priority following the £1.59 billion takeover of Arriva by German state-backed company Deutsche Bahn.


Arriva currently operates the regional rail franchise for Wales as well as a large number of local bus services in North and Mid Wales.  The takeover is the first foreign purchase of one of the UK’s big five bus and rail companies.




“Good, efficient, regular and punctual public transport is essential to those communities who rely on it giving elderly and disabled people, youngsters and families without a car the freedom to travel.”


“In rural areas particularly, trains and busses are key for access to services and employment helping to make them more sustainable places in which to live.”


“It is vital that existing routes are safeguarded and strengthened as a result of this takeover.  What cannot be allowed to happen is for Deutsche Bahn to take their eye of the ball and for there to be any cuts or reductions in levels of services.”


“I have written to the company asking for a categorical assurance that Arriva’s present obligations will be continued to be met in Wales and that full consideration is given to the demands of local passengers for improvements to be made where required.”


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-Thursday, 22 April 2010 -


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