Friesland and Groningen provinces have invited bids for the next contract to operate rail services which are currently provided by Arriva (Photo: Hans Scherpenhuizen).

NETHERLANDS: The provinces of Friesland and Groningen have jointly invited bids for a contract to operate regional rail services for 15 years from December 2020.

The contract covers fast and stopping services on the Leeuwarden – Groningen Europapark route, and stopping services on the Eemshaven – Roodeschool – Groningen – Winschoten – Leer (Germany), Delfzijl – Groningen – Veendam, Leeuwarden – Sneek – Stavoren and Leeuwarden – Harlingen Haven routes.

The services are currently operated under contract by Arriva using a fleet of 37 Stadler GTW 2/8 and 14 GTW 2/6 diesel multiple-units.