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Secretary: Michael Hampson    
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Fri, 31 Oct 2014

Mo’ money for Movember

National Express West Midlands has joined the Movember campaign with the unveiling of its very own Movember bus. 

The bus and its newly grown Mo made a special stop at the bus operator’s Birmingham Central garage whilst a team there had a traditional hot towel shave ahead of a month of growth, courtesy of Master Barber Chris Dew from Kings Barbers Club. 

The faces of the company’s drivers are seen by thousands of customers every day, and now those faces will be changing over the next 30 days of Movember. 

The region’s biggest bus operator is encouraging staff and the local community to take part in the month-long campaign to help raise funds and awareness for men’s health. 

Paul Tuite from National Express West Midlands said: “When I found out we had a team supporting Movember, I didn’t hesitate to join in. It’s for a great cause and I really hope it raises awareness of men’s health out on our region’s roads.” 

Movember aims to help save and improve the lives of men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems. 

At the start of the month, men sign up with a clean-shaven face and for the 30 days of November commit to growing a moustache. These men, affectionately known as Mo Bros, effectively become walking, talking billboards for the month and spark conversations around the often ignored issue of men’s health. 

You can see how the National Express Buses Movember team is getting on here: http://uk.movember.com/team/1577077 

 

Company Overview

National Express Group is a leading transport provider delivering services in the UK, North America and Spain. Every year more than 650 million journeys are made on our buses, trains, light rail services and coaches.

 
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Fri, 31 Oct 2014

Mo’ money for Movember

National Express West Midlands has joined the Movember campaign with the unveiling of its very own Movember bus. 

The bus and its newly grown Mo made a special stop at the bus operator’s Birmingham Central garage whilst a team there had a traditional hot towel shave ahead of a month of growth, courtesy of Master Barber Chris Dew from Kings Barbers Club. 

The faces of the company’s drivers are seen by thousands of customers every day, and now those faces will be changing over the next 30 days of Movember. 

The region’s biggest bus operator is encouraging staff and the local community to take part in the month-long campaign to help raise funds and awareness for men’s health. 

Paul Tuite from National Express West Midlands said: “When I found out we had a team supporting Movember, I didn’t hesitate to join in. It’s for a great cause and I really hope it raises awareness of men’s health out on our region’s roads.” 

Movember aims to help save and improve the lives of men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems. 

At the start of the month, men sign up with a clean-shaven face and for the 30 days of November commit to growing a moustache. These men, affectionately known as Mo Bros, effectively become walking, talking billboards for the month and spark conversations around the often ignored issue of men’s health. 

You can see how the National Express Buses Movember team is getting on here: http://uk.movember.com/team/1577077 

 

Thu, 30 Oct 2014

National Express Group PLC Interim Management Statement

National Express Group PLC ("National Express" or "the Group") is a leading international public transport group with bus, coach and rail services in the UK, Continental Europe, North Africa and North America. It today reports its Interim Management Statement for the period from 1 July 2014 to date (“the period”).

Overview

During the period, the Group has continued its strong progress. Profit before tax in the third quarter was nearly 15% higher than the same period last year, progressively recovering the one-offs and currency translation impacts experienced in the first half of the year through the delivery of revenue growth, performance improvements and cost efficiencies. We are on target to meet our profit and cash expectations for the full year.

Notable achievements have included:
  • We have won new contracts and retained key concessions:
    • Won a 10-year contract to run bus services in Bahrain, opening up the Middle East region for further growth;
    • Retained and grown our largest Spanish concession to have come up for renewal so far – a €600 million total revenue contract for regional coach services in the Bilbao metropolitan region for up to 15 years;
    • These achievements are built on the important successes earlier in the year, including: the retention of the 15 year, £4 billion Essex Thameside (‘c2c’) rail franchise; renewal of our largest US Transit contract (‘The Ride’ para-transit services in the Boston area); retention and significant growth of our Memphis School Bus contract, becoming our largest contract in the US; successfully commissioning our new Moroccan bus franchise in Tangiers.
  • We have grown passenger numbers and revenue in every division this year:
    • UK Bus has delivered 4% total revenue growth in the period and 3% year-to-date;
    • Revenue is growing in Alsa with the successful roll out of revenue management in Spanish coach operations. Passenger volumes are now growing on all but one of the rail competed corridors and revenue has now recovered to the prior year level, delivering rapid progress;
    • UK Coach has continued to build on last year’s success, carrying 5% more passengers in the core express network year to date;
    • North America has grown its number of routes, on the back of 98% targeted contract retention in the recent bid season;
    • UK Rail has grown both revenue and passenger numbers and is well advanced on new franchise mobilisation.
  • We continue to focus on driving strong cash generation and capital discipline:
    • We are on course to deliver our full year free cash flow target of £150 million, delivering nearly £500 million between 2012 and 2014;
    • We are deploying capital selectively to protect and grow the business, investing in over 250 new buses over the next 12 months in UK Bus;
    • Our core diversified markets limit exposure and provide good growth potential;
    • We will continue to focus on cash generation in the coming years, developing capital light opportunities, reinvesting selectively in growth projects and driving shareholder value

Dean Finch, Group Chief Executive, commented:

“We have made good progress this quarter. We have won new contracts, renewed key concessions, and increased revenues in every division. Our profit last quarter was up on the same period in 2013, helping to offset the one-offs of the first half year. Our cash generation continues to be strong and will remain a focus for the business.

“This quarter again demonstrates that our strategy, rooted in excellent operational performance and customer service, is delivering retention and progression in our existing markets and securing expansion in to profitable new business. It is an approach we are determined to build on as we look at other opportunities in the coming months and years.”

UK Bus

The UK Bus division performed strongly in the period with growth in both revenue and profit. Commercial revenue grew by 4% in the period, with concessionary revenues 3% higher, and passenger numbers up 1% in the year to date. We are delighted that our pioneering partnership with Centro – especially through our ‘Transforming Bus Travel’ agreement – won the Transport Partnership of the Year at the recent National Transport Awards. This agreement provides a stability that has delivered record rises in passenger satisfaction measured in recent Passenger Focus surveys and encourages us to invest – we will replace more than 250 vehicles over the next 12 months.

Again, working closely with Centro, we are leading the industry with our partnership on smartcards. We have already seen revenue growth following the successful transition of multi-operator tickets to smartcards, and are progressively rolling out new ticket types onto our ‘Swift’ card. We believe that the growth of smartcards, and the improved customer data that they bring, will continue to be a key driver of revenue growth and customer satisfaction.

UK Bus has also increased sales of student travel products, implemented a JobCentre programme to assist job seekers and is growing its contract services – securing Commonwealth Games services, Coventry City FC travel and a tender for the new Jaguar i54 plant during the period. We are also progressively replacing the Midland Metro fleet with brand new, longer trams.

UK Coach

UK Coach continues to grow passenger numbers and revenue. A good summer performance saw core express passenger numbers rise 2% in the period. With last year’s major distribution wins now fully embedded, year to date core express revenue is up 5%. Building on a successful distribution partnership with the UK university admissions service, UCAS, we have added more university destinations.

UK Coach is also winning new contracts. We have signed a new distribution agreement with easyBus to utilise our core express services and are progressing a number of growth and contract opportunities in our airport business. The Kings Ferry has expanded its contract operations - including running services for the recent NATO summit in Wales – and is working closely with the UK Bus business to utilise spare fleet on contract wins.

Having reviewed the initial performance of our German Coach operation through its second summer, we concluded that pricing and volume were likely to remain unattractive and therefore discontinued these services.

Rail

Rail revenue has increased 5% year to date. c2c has maintained its industry-leading punctuality performance at 96.3%. Our leadership of the DfT’s smartcard project has seen c2c launch smart season tickets into London, following the successful roll out of day and off-peak tickets earlier this year.

Mobilisation plans for our new franchises are at an advanced stage and on target. The new Essex Thameside franchise for c2c starts on 9 November, with revenue initiatives and new customer information systems ready to launch. In Germany, the Rhine Münsterland Express will commence operations in December 2015 and we expect profitability to be ahead of plan. The first trains have already been delivered. We were disappointed not to be awarded the ScotRail franchise, after a very competitive bid that lost on the narrowest of margins, but we have an active pipeline of further rail opportunities in the UK and Germany.

North America

Our North America business has been successful in securing profitable contracts, delivering high customer service and then retaining those contracts at bid renewal. The Memphis conversion contract is now our largest School Bus contract, growing three-fold on renewal this summer. The new contract started successfully in early August, helping drive 3% underlying revenue growth in North America in the period.

Similarly, the renewal and expansion of our largest Transit contract, providing para-transit services in the Boston area, has seen this 2011 acquisition almost fully paid back in cash generated. The renewal has been secured at a typical margin level for the market. We have also added an additional contract in Arizona during the period.

Year to date revenue is up over 1%. After the adverse revenue impact of the exceptional weather earlier in the year and our focus on increasing returns by exiting under-performing contracts, revenue is growing, driven by our success in winning new contracts, securing pricing improvements in existing contracts and through organic growth in existing routes. As a result, good progress is being achieved in recovering the adverse profit impact of the severe weather.

Spain

In Spain, domestic passenger volume was up 1%, reversing the earlier adverse trend. Intercity coach performance was particularly good, with improved consumer confidence evident and continued success from the roll out of revenue management on rail-competed routes – on the latter, average passenger volume was 2% higher in the period than the prior year and revenue has recovered to the prior year level.

Success in new wins and in contract retention continues. Start-up of the Tangiers concession drove Morocco revenue growth of almost 30% in the period. In the Basque region, Alsa renewed the Bizkaia concession, its second largest revenue contract. Acquired in 2008, Alsa has grown both profit and service level on this concession, securing Bizkaibus for a further 10 to 15 years. This emphasises Alsa’s success in winning, improving and retaining its key concessions. Spain also renewed a maintenance contract for 179 buses in Mallorca for a further 5 years. We continue to see new contract opportunities in Spain and Morocco.

International development

Building on our Moroccan successes, in September we secured a contract to operate the Bahrain bus service, in joint venture with a local partner. The joint venture will operate 141 buses over a 10-year contract without passenger revenue risk, with further growth potential. This contract also opens up the Middle East for further expansion and we have already been shortlisted for another contract in the region.

Financial position 

Net debt at the end of September was £50 million lower than in September 2013 and we remain on track to deliver our target free cash flow of £150 million in 2014. We are deploying capital selectively to protect and grow the business, investing in replacement fleet as required. We will continue to focus on cash generation in the coming years, developing capital-light opportunities, reinvesting selectively in growth and driving shareholder value.

The Group will announce its results for the 12 months to 31 December 2014 on 26 February 2015. There is no scheduled trading update before that announcement.

 

Enquiries:

National Express Group PLC

Michelle Dovey, Director of Capital Markets 07767 603386
Anthony Vigor, Director of Policy and External Affairs 07767 425822
 

Maitland

Nathalie Falco 020 7379 5151

 

Notes:

Unless otherwise indicated, revenue is stated on an underlying basis, which compares the current year with the prior year on a consistent basis, after adjusting for the impact of currency, acquisitions and disposals. In UK Bus, commercial revenue is that from fare-paying passengers and excludes concessions and contracted services. In UK Coach, core express revenue is that from the scheduled National Express network.

The c2c Public Performance Measure (PPM) of punctuality is stated on a moving annual average basis to 11 October 2014.

Profit is stated on a normalised basis, before exceptional costs and intangible asset amortisation (as defined in the press release for the Half Year results for the 6 months ended 30 June 2014).

Net debt is defined as cash and cash equivalents (cash overnight deposits and other short-term deposits), and other debt receivables, offset by borrowings (loan notes, bank loans and finance lease obligations) and other debt payable (excluding accrued interest).

Wed, 29 Oct 2014

c2c supports London Poppy Day

National Express train operator c2c is supporting Royal British Legion poppy collectors with free travel for London Poppy Day on Thursday 30 October.

The Royal British Legion have organised poppy collections at Fenchurch Street and 50 other railway and tube stations in the capital on Thursday. Poppy collectors from across south Essex, including from the armed services, will receive free travel on the c2c route.

c2c will also be displaying the Roll of Honour of 88 local railwaymen killed during World War One on customer information boards at Fenchurch Street station to mark London Poppy Day.

As part of the Royal British Legion’s “Everyman Remembered” campaign, c2c has placed a poppy on the personal page of 68 of these railwaymen, but has not yet been able to trace enough details for the remaining 20 men.

c2c Communications Manager Chris Atkinson said: “We’re proud to be supporting London Poppy Day and to help out collectors with free travel for this important campaign.

“We’re also trying to commemorate appropriately the local railwaymen killed in the First World War. Thanks to the help of local volunteers and researchers, we’ve been able to place poppies on the personal pages of all but 20 of those men. If anyone can help us trace the remaining men, we would love to hear from them.”

c2c’s online memorial can be found at www.c2c-online.co.uk/about-us/c2c-history/war-memorial and the Royal British Legion’s Every Man Remembered website is at www.everymanremembered.org.

Anyone who has information which might help us trace the remaining men is asked to contact chris.atkinson@c2crail.net.

 


 

The 20 former railwaymen who c2c are trying to trace on the Royal British Legion’s Every Man Remembered site are:

 

Name

Military rank

Military unit

Railway job

Place of work

Amos, W.

Rifleman

Rifle Brigade

Labourer

Plaistow

Baxter, A.

Lance Corporal

Coldstream Guards

Constable

Tilbury

Brown, C. H. N.

Private

Royal Fusiliers

Clerk

Stanford

Brown, C. J.

Bombardier

Royal Field Artillery

Lifter

Plaistow

Davis, H.

Gunner

Royal Garrison Artillery

Apprentice

Plaistow

Day, M.

Lance Corporal

London Regt

Clerk

Fenchurch St

Edwards, H. G.

Lance Corporal

Essex Regt

Lampman

Barking

Fifield, J. W.

Trooper

Hussars

Clerk

Fenchurch St

Fisher, G.

Sergeant

King's Royal Rifle Corps

Lifter

Plaistow

Gibson, F.

Signaller

Essex Regt

Apprentice

Plaistow

Gidley, W.

Gunner

Royal Field Artillery

Cleaner

Plaistow

Groves, J.

Rifleman

King's Royal Rifle Corps

Labourer

Upton Park

Horner, F. C.

Private

Royal Fusiliers

Clerk

Plaistow

Jude, E.

Private

Essex Regt

Assistant Boiler Washer

Plaistow

Miller, E. J.

Second Lieutenant

Royal Army Service Corp

Clerk

Plaistow

Shrosbury, A.

Gunner

Royal Field Artillery

Coach Painter

Plaistow

Southgate, H.

Private

Essex Regt

Wagon Maker

Plaistow

Waite, T.

Private

Essex Regt

Clerk

Plaistow

Wakeman, W. H.

Private

Royal Sussex Regt

Clerk

Fenchurch St

Walker, G.

Private

Royal Fusiliers

Wireman

Barking

 

Fri, 24 Oct 2014

National Express Corporation promotes National School Bus Safety Week

National Express Corporation (NEC), a leader in student transportation, has been promoting safety awareness during National School Bus Safety Week, 20–24 October.

This year’s industry-wide public education campaign - “At my stop, You Stop!” - has highlighted the important role that motorists play in school bus safety. The theme has called on the public to observe stop arm laws and use extra caution when driving near school buses. 

NEC teamed up with local law enforcement agencies throughout the country to help crack down on stop arm violations. This effort includes bus drivers writing down the license plate of those who break the stop arm law, and notifying the police of specific stops where there is a high volume of violators. 

NEC has taken the opportunity to remind motorists, students, and parents, of some important school bus safety tips. 

Motorists 

  • You must stop for a school bus when its stop arm is extended and the bus lights are flashing
  • Use extra caution when driving near school buses or in a school zone

Students 

  • Stay out of the “Danger Zone” by keeping ten giant steps away from the bus at all times
  • Cross in front of the bus crossing gate and always remain in sight of the driver
  • Be alert around school buses; don’t text, talk on mobile phones or have headphones or ear buds in while at the bus stop

Michele McDermott, Senior Vice President of Safety at NEC said "At NEC, safety is our top priority - from our bus drivers and monitors, all the way up to our leadership team. That’s why we make it our job to continue educating students and the public about the importance of observing school bus safety. 

"Our primary goal is to provide the safest transportation possible for our students and we don’t take that responsibility lightly. National School Bus Safety Week is just one more way we can encourage everyone to use extra caution around school buses." 

School buses are one of the safest modes of transportation on the road. To further increase the safety of its buses, the company’s buses are equipped with electronic fleet management systems that offer GPS services, enhanced pre-and-post trip bus inspection procedures, and child-check assistance to ensure no sleeping children are left on the bus.

Thu, 23 Oct 2014

c2c launches consultation on new timetable to tackle crowding

National Express train operator c2c is today launching a three-month consultation with passengers on a proposed new timetable to relieve crowding and improve connections.

Highlights from the proposed timetable, which would start in December 2015, include:

  • More capacity at the busiest times and the busiest stations, with 16% more services in the AM peak
  • Every train will stop at Barking, West Ham and Limehouse, creating a metro-style service
  • Four trains per hour minimum at every station during peak times
  • Faster off-peak journey times to and from London
  • Earlier first trains and later last services
  • New weekend services, with regular trains to Stratford and Liverpool Street and a new direct service from Rainham and Purfleet into central London on Sundays

The revised timetable is the first step in c2c’s plans for providing extra capacity over the next 15 years. In addition to changing the timetable, c2c will be:

  • Buying 17 new additional trains, which will provide around 20% more capacity and will start arriving from 2019
  • Rewarding season ticket holders who travel outside peak hours under our flexible season tickets, available from 2016
  • Providing live information to passengers in future, telling them where there's space on a train while they're waiting on the platform
  • Working with Network Rail to invest in and improve the infrastructure, to improve service reliability and provide quicker journey times

c2c Managing Director Julian Drury said: “We are proposing these timetable changes to address two of the biggest issues for our passengers: crowding, and their changing travel patterns that require frequent links to the main interchange stations. We’ll support this with other improvements to passengers’ journeys, such as investment in stations, new WiFi and smart cards, and compensation in future for trains delayed for as little as two minutes.

“This is a consultation, so we really do want passengers to look at the proposals for their station and to tell us what they think.”

Passengers can find tailored information about their individual stations and respond to the consultation at: www.c2crail.co.uk/consult_tt

c2c’s consultation will close on 15 January 2015.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014

Shake off the autumnal blues with Eurolines

Trans-European coach company Eurolines is offering people a fragrant deal to shake off the autumnal blues. 

The value coach operator is offering fares to Cologne in Germany for just £18 one way. 

If that wasn’t enough, customers can also get to Belgian capital Brussels for £18, or French city Lille for just £15. 

Passengers can use their coach tickets throughout November; however with fares only on sale until the 16th of next month, people are being urged to buy soon to avoid disappointment. 

The offer gives customers the chance to see Cologne’s famous Christmas market - opening on 24 November - for some festive shopping. 

Meanwhile the impressive European Parliament building in Brussels or Lille’s stunning Palais des Beaux Arts are well worth visiting. 

Eurolines President John Gilbert said: “What better way to start getting in the festive mood than taking an autumnal trip to these great European destinations. Our fares are great value, but available for a limited period only, so we’d urge people to book now.” 

For more information and for full terms and conditions visit www.eurolines.co.uk

Tue, 21 Oct 2014

On the road for an Awesome Autumn

National Express is helping customers gear up for an Awesome Autumn as it launches a new website offering hints and tips for fun days out this half term. 

By visiting www.nationalexpress.com/onedayadventures customers can get inspiration for a range of trips and people from major cities can choose from a drop down menu that suggests places they can visit in a day. 

The site is launched as its revealed National Express is on the road to a record half term haul as tens of thousands of passengers have already booked to travel by coach. 

According to the UK’s largest coach operator’s advanced booking figures, more than 160,000 passengers have bought coach tickets – a record number for the October half term – and up 5 per cent on last year.  

To prepare for the swell, National Express has added hundreds of extra seats to its services, while the coach operator is selling tens of thousands of journeys from just £5 one way online to ensure customers can travel as affordably as possible. 

London is the most popular destination over the holiday with more than 45,000 people set to journey there. 

Closely following the capital in popularity are Stansted and Heathrow Airport as Brits jet off to foreign destinations in search of some sun. 

The top ten most popular destinations to travel to by coach between Friday 24 October and Sunday 2 November are: 

  • London           
  • Stansted
  • Heathrow       
  • Birmingham
  • Manchester
  • Bristol 
  • Leeds
  • Gatwick
  • Southampton             
  • Luton Airport

Sunday 26 October is the most popular day to travel with nearly 22,000 journeys booked, while London to Stansted Airport is the most popular route on that day. 

After London, Birmingham will see the next largest exodus of people with nearly nine thousand set to travel from Birmingham Coach Station over half term. 

National Express UK Coach Managing Director Tom Stables said: “With the summer holidays now a fading memory, its no wonder tens of thousands of Brits have booked up their half term trip – and what better way to do it than by coach. 

“Our services are comfortable, reliable and affordable while those looking to jet abroad can be dropped with their bags right at the airport door.” 

Those looking for inspiration for a short break with the family or a fun day trip with friends can use National Express’s new One Day Adventures tool. 

The tool enables users to select their location and the desired type of trip. To get a list of the best places to visit go to www.nationalexpress.com/onedayadventures 

For more information or to book visit www.nationalexpress.com or call 0871 781 8181.

Fri, 17 Oct 2014

National Express gearing up to get The Skills Show on the road

National Express is gearing up to get this show on the road – The Skills Show that is – with a totally unique one-off coach unveiled for the occasion.  

The UK’s largest coach operator is taking The Skills Show on the road for a special tour of the UK (Tuesday 21 October - Saturday 8 November) with a bespoke coach launched by Skills Show Patron and high-profile businessman Theo Paphitis.  

The Skills Show, which is part of Find a Future, is the UK’s largest skills and careers event and this year is being held in Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre from November 13 to 15 November. 

Between 21 October and 8 November, The Skills Show on the Road will travel to eight locations across the country including London, Birmingham, Durham and Bath.  

The special Skills Show on the Road coach has had its seats stripped out enabling it to showcase interactive challenges which enable young people to ‘Have a Go’ at a number of skills encompassing a range of potential careers including fashion and construction.  

At the heart of the roadshow is a campaign entitled “My Self, My Future”, which invites young people aged 14-21 to express themselves through spoken word, rap and vocal performance to articulate where they see their future taking them.  Performances will take place on a specially developed stage outside the coach. 

In addition, careers advice and apprenticeships information will be available on board, as well as the chance for visitors to meet local employers in the City & Guilds group to help them engage directly with organisations in their area. 

Getting on board with The Skills Show is the latest in a line of commitments under National Express’ Youth Promise. This is a commitment launched by the coach operator earlier this year to ensure young people can take advantage of affordable travel and have the opportunities they need to get on in life. 

Tom Stables, National Express UK Coach Managing Director said: "As part of our Youth Promise we're committed to setting young people on the right road to learn new skills. We're really excited to get our Skills Show coach on the road and are looking forward to seeing what young people from all over the UK have to offer." 

Gail Cohen, Director of Marketing, Content and Commercial Development at The Skills Show added: “We are delighted to be partnering with National Express once again to bring the skills message to young people across the country. 

“As one of National Express’ Youth Promise partners, we are committed to ensuring that young people nationwide are inspired about the future, and find out what they are good at as they move towards the world of work. The Skills Show on the Road is a great opportunity for us to engage with young people nationwide, but would not be possible without the generous support of National Express, for which we are very grateful." 

The Skills Show on the Road will culminate in Birmingham’s Centenary Square on 8 November, ahead of the start of The Skills Show 2014, which runs at the NEC Birmingham from 13 to 15 November 2014.  The event, the UK’s largest skills and careers event, is expected to welcome more than 80,000 young people during its three days, and will provide visitors with hands-on experiences that inspire them to explore further education, skills and apprenticeships.  For more information about The Skills Show on the Road, please visit www.theskillsshow.com/roadshow.  Details of The Skills Show are available at www.theskillsshow.com

Fri, 17 Oct 2014

c2c and Network Rail release: New entrance opens at Fenchurch Street station

Commuters will now experience an improved journey through one of London’s landmark stations after a new station entrance was opened today as part of Fenchurch Street’s £4m upgrade. 

The new entrance, on Cooper’s Row, will help passengers move through the station more quickly and ease rush-hour congestion in the most crowded parts of the station. It is a third entrance for the station, adding to the existing front entrance on Fenchurch Place, and the Tower Hill entrance. 

This represents a major milestone in the joint station upgrade between Network Rail and National Express train operator c2c, which will also create a second staircase from the station’s mezzanine level to the Cooper’s Row and Tower Hill entrances.?

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Richard Schofield, Network Rail Route Managing Director, said: “With more than 46,000 people using the station at peak times every day, the new entrance will help to reduce congestion and make a positive difference to passengers. 

“Once the project is complete, these improvements will create a better flow of traffic through the station, reducing commuter congestion at peak times to allow passengers to enter and exit the station with greater ease.” 

Julian Drury, c2c Managing Director, said: “This upgrade will make Fenchurch Street less cramped and crowded, and we hope that passengers already noticed the difference this morning. We will continue to ensure the station operates smoothly with minimal disruption to passengers while the remaining work is done.” 

Fenchurch Street is the busiest station on the c2c route, with over 230,000 passengers a week using the station at peak times. 

The project is funded through Network Rail’s Discretionary Fund, aimed at providing congestion relief and increasing capacity.

Photographs above show: (L-R) Richard Schofield, Network Rail Route Managing Director, Cassandra Sutton, c2c Fenchurch Street Station Manager, and Julian Drury, c2c Managing Director

Thu, 16 Oct 2014

National Express retains and grows major Spanish coach contract, securing up to €600 million of revenue

National Express Group PLC ("National Express" or "the Group") is a leading international public transport operator, with bus, coach and rail services in the UK, Continental Europe, North Africa and North America. 

National Express is delighted to announce that it has retained and grown its largest Spanish contract to have so far come up for renewal. 

The Group's Spanish business, ALSA, has been awarded two contracts tendered by the Diputacion Foral of Bizkaia (the government of Bizkaia). The contracts are for regional commuter coach services across the Bilbao metropolitan area.

The contracts have been awarded for 10 years with an option for a 5 year extension. Together the contracts are worth over €40 million in annual revenue, securing ALSA over €600 million in total over the 15 years. They are due to start in the coming weeks. 

This success has added significance as it not only includes one of the largest contracts ALSA currently operates - and the largest to have so far come up for renewal - it also adds new services and revenue. 

This award also comes on the back of other notable successes this year, including: the retention of the Essex Thameside ('c2c') franchise for a further 15 years; the renewal of our largest Transit contract in North America - the RIDE paratransit services in Boston; and the recent award of a contract to our Joint Venture to run bus services in Bahrain, opening up the Middle Eastern region for further growth. 

Dean Finch, Group Chief Executive of National Express, said: "I am extremely pleased that we have been able to secure these significant contracts through the high quality of our bid. As the largest Spanish contract to have so far come up for renewal, I am delighted we have not only retained the service, but also grown the size of the contract. We look forward to continuing to serve the people of Bizkaia for many years to come." 

Notes
Bizkaia took the opportunity of the renewal process to reorganise their coach concessions. ALSA won two of the five let. These two contracts combined are larger than the previous concession ALSA operated. 

Enquiries: 

National Express Group PLC
Anthony Vigor, Director of Policy and External Affairs                        07767 425 822
Michelle Dovey, Director of Capital Markets                                       07767 603 386 

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National Express Group 
More than 800m journeys a year are made worldwide on our train, bus, light rail and express coach operations. We operate services in the UK, North America, Spain, and Morocco and will shortly commence new services in Bahrain and Germany. We employ 42,000 employees.

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