Arriva’s Hungarian business has signed a new contract with the Budapest Passenger Transport Authority (Budaprest Közlekedési Központ – BKK) to operate services across the city.

The passenger transport company already operates a significant part of the public bus services in Budapest and following a competitive tender, the company will continue with a ten-year awarded contract with the option to extend by a further two years.

Arriva in Budapest: emissions to be cut by 50 per cent

Arriva’s experience in sustainable transport solutions was a key component of the tender, combined with its strong track record in Budapest, where it has been one of the key operators for the last ten years.  The company has also committed to purchasing 166 new buses with significantly improved environmental credentials, reducing emissions by 50 per cent, Arriva says in a press note announcing the awarding. 

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Left to Right Anikó Körmendi, Country Managing Director, Arriva Hungary, dr. Katalin Walter, CEO of BKK, Péter Szepesi, CEO of ArrivaBus Kft

The group adds that “The new, modern air-conditioned vehicles will also have additional capacity, with each bus able to carry ten per cent more passengers than before, representing an additional six people per vehicle”.

Arriva Group supporting BKK transport authority’s goals

Sian Leydon, newly appointed Managing Director Mainland Europe, said “This is a significant win for the team in Hungary and secures our position for a further decade as one of Budapest’s leading operators. I’m also delighted that we will be supporting the BKK transport authority on its decarbonisation journey and cutting emissions from our services in the city by 50 per cent.  Arriva is a leader in sustainable transport and we will continue to look for innovative ways to improve services”. 


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