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Friday 17 September, 2004

National Express

re Greater Anglia Franchise

National Express Group PLC
17 September 2004

For immediate release

17 September 2004

                         National Express Group PLC

          Competition Commission Findings re Greater Anglia franchise

National Express Group ('Group') welcomes today's announcement from the
Competition Commission, confirming that it has provisionally cleared the Group's
acquisition of the Greater Anglia rail franchise.

Commenting on the report, Phil White, Chief Executive, National Express Group

'We are delighted that the Competition Commission has resolved that the
acquisition of the franchise has not resulted in any significant reduction in
competition within the east of England public transport market. We can now
concentrate all our efforts on getting on with the job and developing the
Greater Anglia franchise for our passengers.'

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For further information, please contact:

Nicola Marsden/Fiona Noblet
National Express Group PLC                         020 7529 2036/38

Andrew Dowler/Dido Laurimore

Financial Dynamics                                 020 7831 3113

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