McLoughlin briefed on National Express' German rail successes
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin and National Express Managing Director - Rail Andrew Chivers (centre) along with executives from Bombardier and National Express
National Express briefed Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin on the company’s plans for further expansion in the German rail market at the InnoTrans conference in Berlin.
Last year National Express became the first British company to win competitive tenders for franchises in Germany, Europe’s largest rail market. The Secretary of State for Transport was briefed on National Express’ progress mobilising for two key 15-year rail franchises in the North Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany while at the exhibition in Berlin last week. His visit included inspecting a model of the new “Talent” train that the company is commissioning from another British company, Bombardier, to operate the new services.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin: “I was very interested to learn how successful National Express has been in Germany and what the future holds for the company. It is great to see a British rail company showcasing its abilities overseas.
“As part of our long-term economic plan Britain is building a world-class railway. We are now leading the way as other countries look to emulate our successes and invest in their own transport networks.”
Andrew Chivers, Managing Director, Rail for National Express, said: “We’re proud to be flying the flag for the British rail industry in Germany. Our success in turning c2c into the UK’s most punctual train operator has been our calling card in Germany, and with a pipeline of potential contracts coming up we are determined to establish ourselves in Germany as a British success story.”
National Express won the right to operate the regional express service between Rheine-Munster-Cologne-Krefeld and a Bonn-Cologne-Wuppertal stopping service in February 2013. The franchises will start operation in December 2015.