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Thursday 29 March, 2012

National Express

National Express Pre-qualification for Franchises

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National Express Group PLC
29 March 2012






29 March 2012


National Express welcomes pre-qualification for the Great Western and Essex Thameside franchises


Responding to today's announcement from the Department of Transport, National Express Group welcomes its pre-qualification for the Great Western and Essex Thameside (c2c) rail franchise bidding processes.


Dean Finch, Chief Executive of National Express, comments: "We are delighted to have pre-qualified for the Great Western and c2c franchises. Drawing on the expertise gained from running c2c, the UK's best performing rail service, our focus now is on submitting strong, innovative and robust bids that meet passenger needs while providing good value for farepayers, taxpayers and shareholders alike."





National Express Group PLC

Anthony Vigor, Director of Policy and External Affairs

020 7805 3809

Stuart Morgan, Head of Investor Relations

0121 460 8657


George Hudson / Rebecca Mitchell

020 7379 5151



Notes to Editors:

National Express currently operates the Essex Thameside franchise, known as c2c. c2c is the UK's top performing rail franchise. It holds both the annual punctuality record at 96.9% and 4-week period punctuality record at 98.8%. It was also the most popular commuter franchise in a recent Which? survey.


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