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NX submits bid for Inter City East Coast Franchise


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National Express Group plc

NX submits bid for Inter City East Coast Franchise
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date
06 Jun 2007
source National Express Group plc
type Press release



National Express Group ('the Group') has today submitted its bid to the Department for Transport ('DfT') to run the prestigious Inter City East Coast rail franchise.

Commenting on the submission, Richard Bowker, Chief Executive, National Express Group said: 'We are delighted to submit our bid for this prestigious franchise, the culmination of over six months' work. In preparing our submission, the bid team has undertaken extensive customer research, stakeholder consultation and financial analysis. We also encouraged stakeholders along the route to tell us what they want from the franchise through our www.youreastcoast.co.uk website. It received more than 16,000 visits from a wide range of audiences including local authorities, MPs, MSPs, business, tourism and transport organisations. Throughout the consultation process, we have been impressed by the passion that the people and communities served by the East Coast services have for their rail services.

'We have extensive experience of operating railways. Not only do we run Britain's best performing inter city train operation, Midland Mainline, but, as confirmed by the rail industry National Passenger Rail Survey released yesterday, Midland Mainline continues to be top for overall customer satisfaction amongst long distance train operators.

'We look forward to the next stage of the bid. We believe we can deliver a truly world class railway for the East Coast.'

Feedback on the ICEC bid is expected over the summer with the new franchise commencing 9th December 2007.

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For further information, please contact:

Nicola Marsden/Alison Flynn
National Express Group PLC 020 7529 2000

Notes to Editors:

National Express Group PLC is one of the largest operator of train franchises in the UK with six rail franchises; c2c, Central Trains, Gatwick Express, Midland Mainline, 'one' including Stansted Express and Silverlink. The Trains Division has a revenue of £1,497.2m and employs 10,000 people.

National Express Group has recently submitted bids for the new East Midlands and Cross Country franchises. These two new franchises, which have been remapped from the existing Cross Country, Midland Mainline and Central Trains franchises, will be awarded by the Department for Transport in the summer and are scheduled to commence in November 2007.

Full results of the Spring 2007 wave of the National Passenger Survey are available to download from: www.passengerfocus.org.uk/nps


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