An expiring contract for city transport in Jablonec nad Nisou will free up the buses for Ostholstein.
The Czech group Umbrella Mobility continues its expansion into public service obligation (PSO) transport not only in the Czech Republic but also in neighboring Germany. From July 1, 2023, its subsidiary Umbrella City Lines GmbH will take over the operation of regional bus lines in the district of Görlitz in Saxony near the Czech border for ten years. The company will provide its services in the Löbau and Neugersdorf areas.
The transport group continues to expand in the area of PSO. In June this year, it took over operations in the Přelouč region and has been operating in three areas of the Ústí nad Labem region since December. While several regions face service disruptions from many providers, the start of Umbrella has been seamless. The provider has not had to cancel any services.
To operate in Saxony, Umbrella will need 32 drivers and two dispatchers. For now, 30 buses operate in Jablonec nad Nisou where the contract is up soon. As of April, nine of these will run in Ostholstein, where the carrier won an eight-year tender to operate in the Ost Holstein network. Six of the buses will head to Berlin to provide substitute service during the three-year closures.
Edited and translated by Lucie Trávníčková