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National Express Group secures 1-billion-euro contract for German rail services

National Express Rail will operate RE1 and RE11 until 2033. Rhein Ruhr Xpress / Competence Center Marketing NRW (KCM)

National Express Group’s German entity will operate two railway lines in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia for the next 10 years, the UK-based transport provider announced on Monday. The contract carries a value of 1 billion euros.

The deal will see National Express Rail GmbH operate the Rhein-Ruhr-Express (RRX) lines RE1 and RE11 until 2033. The company first assumed operatorship in February 2022 following an emergency contract award in the wake of the departure of Abellio Rail. National Express Rail now operated three lines under long-term contracts in the RRX area, as it also has the Rhine Munster Express in its portfolio. The company says it will now work to “unlock operational synergies”.

The National Express Group is active in 11 markets around the world, mainly through coach services. In Germany though, it offers rail services. In 2021, that business unit had an 8-per cent share in company revenue. In the RRX area, National Express Rail works alongside DB Regio and VIAS Rail. This year, National Express Rail is targeting 20 million train kilometres in its German area of operations.

Line map RRX
The RRX area of operations stretches around 300 kilometres across. Image: RRX

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Author: Nick Augusteijn

Chief Editor, RailTech.com

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