Abellio is a fully-owned subsidiary of NS and primarily operates in the passenger transport markets in the United Kingdom and Germany. Every day, Abellio people work to deliver safe, accessible and reliable public transport. Abellio aims to build strong relationships with its customers, stakeholders and employees.


Abellio UK currently operates the ScotRail and Greater Anglia rail franchises, and the Merseyrail franchise, in a 50/50 joint venture with Serco. In addition, we operate Abellio London & Surrey, which provides bus services in the centre, south and west of London, as well as in the north of Surrey. Our bus operations give us complementary travel expertise, especially in the form of rail replacement services to our rail franchises.
In Germany, Abellio currently operates in two regions: Abellio Rail Nordrhein-Westfalen and Abellio Rail Mitteldeutschland which had its first full year of operation. Abellio is also setting up operations in southern Germany (Abellio Rail Baden-Wurttemberg) after winning the Stuttgarter Netz rail franchise and thus adding a third geographical area in Germany to its portfolio. Abellio Germany also won the S-bahn Rhein-Ruhr franchise and retained the Ruhr-Sieg Netz, both in the North Rhine-Westphalia region. Abellio continues to consolidate and grow in these two countries.
NS decided to start the process of selling Qbuzz in 2016, with the implementation of the new NS strategy of ‘Spoorslags Beter’. The sale is expected to be completed in 2017. Abellio also decided to discontinue bidding in Scandinavia, and its Abellio Scandinavia bid office was closed down on the 1 April.


In 2015, Abellio achieved a turnover similar to NS’s passenger services for the first time. Abellio maintained its position in 2016 with a turnover of €2.1 billion, excluding revenues of €174 million from joint ventures. This was not a given at the start of the year, as two of Abellio’s major UK franchises were re-tendered by the British Department for Transport in 2016: Northern Rail and Greater Anglia. While Abellio lost Northern Rail to Arriva in March, it was able to hold on to Greater Anglia, a franchise it first won in 2012.
In the wider political scene, the UK voted to withdraw from the EU. The value of the GBP decreased as a result. Based on the 2015 exchange rate for the GBP, Abellio’s turnover would have been €221 million higher.

Facts & Figures

  • 13,280 employees (12,913 FTEs) (excluding joint ventures)

  • EBIT €55.6 million

  • Revenue €2.1 billion