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Abellio is a fully-owned subsidiary of NS and operates in the passenger transport markets in the United Kingdom (UK) and Germany. Abellio generated an EBIT of € 55 million and a net profit attributable to NS of € 4 million.


In the early 2000s, NS decided to enter the deregulated railway market via a separate subsidiary (Abellio) to prepare for the liberalisation of European markets.

Abellio’s strategy

Originally Abellio was established to prepare for the liberalization of the European rail market and help NS to achieve its objectives in the Netherlands. Abellio’s strategy was established on three pillars: earn, learn and prepare.

Abellio UK

The UK government privatised the railways in 1993.

2019 Overview

Like 2018 also 2019 has been a year of growth for Abellio UK, with the launch of East Midlands Railway on 18th August and continued growth in the existing businesses.

Outlook 2020

Abellio has been active in the UK since 2002, delivering robust operational and financial results and satisfied customers.

Greater Anglia

The Greater Anglia franchise began operations on 16th October 2016 for a period of 9 years.


Merseyrail is Abellio’s longest franchise, let by Merseytravel (a regional transport provider), for a period of 25 years from 2003.


ScotRail is let by Transport Scotland (TS) and operates intercity, regional and suburban rail services across the Scottish national rail network.

West Midlands

Abellio began operating West Midlands Trains (WMT) on 10th December 2017 for a period of 8 years and 3 months as part of a 70:15:15 venture with Mitsui and Japan Railways East.

East Midlands

Abellio started operating the East Midlands Railway franchise from 18th August 2019.

Abellio UK Bus

Abellio London Bus (UK Bus) was acquired in 2009. UK Bus employs over 2,500 staff and runs 790 buses on 52 London routes as at year end 2019.

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