The owners of French transport groups Veolia and Transdev published a statement last week which confirms the successful completion of their merger, but uncertainty remains over how it will effect their UK businesses.

The combined group will be a true global giant, generating annual turnover of eight billion euros across 28 different countries. One of those countries is the UK, where both Veolia and Transdev had established significant bus operations. However, Veolia’s 530-vehicle bus operation, an odd collection of businesses that has been assembled over the past five years, is not part of the merger deal.

No reason has yet been offered as to why Veolia’s UK bus and coach operations, which are spread out across England and Wales, have been left out. The company failed to respond to enquiries from Passenger Transport. It is throught that Veolia will break-up and sell the business.

The decision to exclude Veolia’s operations from the deal means that the UK interests of the new combined transport group – Veolia Transdev – are limited to 130-vehicle London Sovereign and 450-vehicle Transdev Blazefield, which operates in Lancashire and Yorkshire. The new group will also inherit Transdev’s stakes in 325-vehicle Nottingham City Transport and the Nottingham Express Transit light rail system. The deal will also include greentomatocars, the London-based, environmentally friendly passenger car service acquired by Transdev last Autumn.

Transdev has surrendered two of its most prized UK possessions – London United and Bournemouth Yellow Buses – to Paris transport operator RATP Group. This transfer has been made to compensate RATP for the loss of its shareholding in Transdev. The result is that RATP will have a UK bus fleet of more than 1,000, which exceeds Veolia Transdev’s UK fleet. London United operates a fleet of 885 vehicles while Yellow Buses has 120 buses.