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Arriva indicates it could quit

The inauguration of the Arriva bus service on July 2, 2011.

The inauguration of the Arriva bus service on July 2, 2011.

The future of bus service operator Arriva rests on the outcome of deadlocked talks over new bus routes, The Sunday Times of Malta has learnt.

During talks with transport authorities, executives from the company made it known it could pull out of Malta if it continued to face serious losses.

The company has reportedly gone under by €35 million since it started operating in Malta in 2011 and is looking at ending this year with losses comparable to the previous two years.

The talks are deadlocked over the subsidy to be given for the increased mileage of the new routes, and the frequency of some of the services. Another pending problem is the withdrawal of bendy buses from the roads, even though the company says it has found what caused three fires during the summer.

More details in The Sunday Times and timesofmalta.com Premium.

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