UK-based public transport group Arriva has started a new two-year contract worth €22m on four electrified lines in the Polish Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship.

Arriva will be responsible for running 12 existing units on four lines connecting Torun Glówny and Bydgoszcz to Jablonowo Pomorskie, Kutno, Laskowice Pomorskie and Pila. In addition, Arriva will integrate new services with its existing diesel line rail operations and fleet of 18 units within the same region.

"We are providing services which will link larger towns and cities quickly and efficiently."

As part of the new contract that serves around 50 railway stations, the company has hired 80 new employees apart from increasing its annual train kilometres in the country by 50% to 3.8 million train kilometres.

Arriva Central and Eastern Europe managing director Radim Novak said: "The new contract will see us playing a key role in the region’s economy as we are providing services which will link larger towns and cities quickly and efficiently.

"Our objective is simple; to deliver quality services which encourage more people to travel with us and sustains the growth in passenger numbers in northern Poland."

Arriva is a subsidiary of transport and logistics services provider Deutsche Bahn. It has announced that it will consult with customers and stakeholders in order to improve the current service level.

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