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Tuesday 12 December, 2000

National Express


National Express Group PLC
12 December 2000

Embargoed until 08.00hrs (London) 12 December 2000

                          National Express Group PLC

                 New Chief Executive for Australian Division

National Express Group, ('National Express') the leading international
passenger transport company, announces the appointment of Craig Wallace as
Chief Executive of its Australian Division. The new position has been created
to drive forward development of the business and takes effect from 29th
January 2001.

Wallace, aged 42, joins National Express from Ansett, the Australian airline,
which he joined in 1982. At Ansett he held a wide range of roles with
responsibility for operations, finance and management. At Ansett his career
culminated with the appointment to Acting Chief Executive prior to the
takeover of Ansett by Air New Zealand.

Following the recent restructuring of the Australian business, Wallace, a
native Australian, will hold overall responsibility for all of the Group's
transport activities operating out of the major Australian cities of Brisbane,
Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. He will be based in Melbourne.

Commenting on the appointment, Phil White, Chief Executive of National Express
Group said: 'I am delighted to welcome Craig to the Group. He is a highly
regarded and well respected individual within the Australian transport and
travel market. Craig will oversee the day-to-day management of the business as
well as look for further opportunities to grow our presence within the
Australasian market and the Far East. I look forward to the contribution that
Craig will bring.'

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For further information:
Phil White/William Rollason
Nicola Marsden
National Express Group PLC                                 020 7529 2000

Richard Mountain/Fiona Noblet
Financial Dynamics                                         020 7831 3113

Notes to Editors

National Express, a public limited company listed on the London Stock
Exchange, serves more than 900 million passengers a year worldwide on its bus,
train, tram, express coach and airport operations. It holds leading market
positions in the United Kingdom, the USA and Australia.

Within the Australian market, National Express is the largest private operator
of public transport with bus services in Sydney and Melbourne, Perth and
Brisbane (National Bus Company, Westbus, Transport Management Group). In
addition, it operates train and tram operations in Melbourne and across the
State of Victoria (Bayside Trains, V/Line Passenger and Swanston Trams). It
employs over 3,000 staff in Australia.