National Express signs €1.6bn German rail contracts
National Express Group announces that it has today signed the contract to operate two German regional services in North Rhine Westphalia, Germany's most populous state, having been chosen to operate the contracts earlier this year.
(L-R Top): Tobias Richter, NX; Andrew Chivers, NX; Simon McDonald, British Ambassador to Germany; Klaus Vorgang, VRR.
(L-R Bottom): Christian Manz, NWL; Hermann Passlick, NWL; Martin Hussman, VRR; Norbert Reinkober, NVR
The new National Express services between Krefeld, Cologne, Bonn, Wuppertal and Münster will be launched in December 2015 and run for 15 years. The services, currently run by Deutsche Bahn, carry around 18 million passengers per year and will generate revenues of around €1.6 billion over the life of the contract.
The contract was signed by Tobias Richter, Managing Director of National Express Rail GmbH, and by the representatives of the regional German rail services Martin Husmann, VRR, Burkhard Bastisch, NWL, and Dr. Wilhelm Schmidt-Freitag, NVR in Wuppertal's Historische Stadthalle. British Ambassador Simon McDonald attended the signing.
Dean Finch, Group Chief Executive, said: "I am very pleased we have signed these two rail contracts. As well as confirming our entry into the German rail market, they also demonstrate how our success in running the UK's best performing rail franchise is opening up new market opportunities abroad. We are determined to maintain these standards and deliver services of the highest quality to all of our customers in North Rhine-Westphalia."
British Ambassador Simon McDonald said: "This is a proud day for British business. The contract is a vote of confidence from our German partners and a testimony to the strength of British transport companies."
National Express already operates its coach network in Germany under the City2City brand, having been selected as part of Germany's newly liberalised coach market.