Arriva join sleeper bid list

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EUROPEAN transport group Arriva has been added to the shortlist bidding for control of the Caledonian Sleeper ­franchise connecting ­Edinburgh to London.

The firm, which is Deutsche Bahn’s division for passenger transport services outside of Germany, submitted an ­expression of interest for the franchise in April.

Transport Scotland confirmed the European company had made a shortlist that includes FirstGroup and Serco. The winner will be announced in the summer next year. Bob Holland, UK managing director for Arriva, said: “We will use our expertise operating CrossCountry – the UK’s most extensive rail franchise – and the DB City Night Line sleeper network to develop a bid that helps meet the aspirations of Transport Scotland and provides high quality services for passengers.

“The creation of a new ­franchise specifically for this route will help ensure a ­renewed focus on this important link between Scotland and London.”