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National Express is creating 20 jobs at a new direct coach service between Luton Airport and London Victoria.

National Express is planning to close its Manor Royal bus depot in Crawley, and hopes to transfer the 140 jobs to other sites.

National Express West Midlands is planning to create 125 new jobs at its bus operations in Birmingham, Coventry and the Black Country over the next three years.

National Express is to create 150 new driving jobs at three bus depots in the West Midlands.

National Express has acquired Petermann Partners, the US provider of student transportation services with 3,300 vehicles at 66 locations, for £126m.

National Express is planning to launch new coach services between Yorkshire and airports in Manchester and Liverpool, with the creation of an unspecified number of jobs.

National Express is planning to close the Lea Hall bus depot in Birmingham, and the drivers will relocate to other sites.

National Express is to shed about 200 jobs from its Birmingham-based headquarters and its bus and coach division.

National Express is to sell its Travel London bus operation to the NedRailways subsidiary of NS Dutch Railways for £32m.

National Express is in discussions with the government about proposals to scrap its East Coast train franchise, which links London to Edinburgh and employs 3,100 staff.

National Express has sold its Dot2Dot airport coach service between Heathrow and London to Corot for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of up to 170 staff.

National Express is to shed up to 750 back-office jobs from the 18,000-strong workforce in its rail and bus business over the next year.

National Express is to shed 314 jobs at its East Anglian rail franchise, including the closure of a call centre in Norwich and a reduction in administrative staff.

National Express is planning to sell or close its Dot2Dot airport transfer service, which employs 180 staff.

National Express East Coast is to shed about 95 of the 400 jobs at its office in York, in order to consolidate finance, payroll and other back-office work with National Express Group.

National Express is to launch luxury commuter coach services from Reading and Swindon to London in April, and additional routes will be added in the future.

National Express has acquired the call centre that handles ticket sales for the Inter City East Coast rail franchise in Newcastle-upon-Tyne from Sea Containers, with the transfer of 200 staff.

National Express is to acquire Kings Ferry, the Kent-based commuter coach company with 110 staff, for £8m.

National Express has submitted final plans to Birmingham City Council for the £15m modernisation of Digbeth Coach Station by 2009.

National Express is in discussions with Sea Containers about the future of the 220 jobs at the GNER train ticket call centre in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, as it is not part of the East Coast franchise that National Express takes over in December.

National Express has won the franchise to operate the Intercity East Coast rail network until 2015, and plans to add 25 additional train services by 2010.

National Express is to relocate its headquarters and up to 60 jobs from London to a new site in Birmingham early next year.

National Express is to acquire Continental Auto, the Spanish bus and coach operator, for £450m.

National Express is to acquire Alsa, the Spanish bus and coach operator with almost 2,800 staff, for £262m.

National Express has acquired Northstar, the Canadian school bus company, for £26m.

National Express is to close the King's Hedges bus depot and office in Cambridge next month, with the loss of 75 jobs, while its Feltham base in south London will close in June.

National Express is to create 30 jobs at Digbeth Coach Station in Birmingham, including 20 drivers and ten customer services staff.

National Express is to refurbish Digbeth coach station in Birmingham at a cost of £6m.

National Express has acquired the Battersea and Croydon-based bus operations of Connex for a nominal sum.

National Express is to sell its Qjump rail ticketing business to TheTrainLine, which will result in the closure of Qjump's call centre in Sheffield with the loss of 190 jobs.

National Express is to shed about 25 jobs at its Maintrain rail maintenance operation in Derby, and merge Maintrain's administration, sales and marketing operations with those of sister companies Midland Mainline and Central Trains.

National Express has been selected as preferred bidder for the rail franchise for the Greater Anglia region.

National Express is to submit plans for a new £8m coach station at Great Charles Street in Birmingham.

National Express and British Airways are in talks with the French and Belgian state rail companies about plans to pull out of the consortium that operates the Eurostar rail business.

National Express has expressed an interest in forming a partnership with one of the other leading UK bus and rail operators, and is also looking to acquire more privately-owned regional bus companies.

National Express is looking to cut its number of rail passenger franchises from nine to about four, in order to reduce its exposure to the UK rail market.

National Express is planning to set up a new bus depot in Walworth, as part of a strategy to expand its bus operations in London.

National Express has acquired Stock Transportation, the Canadian school bus operator, for £75m, and is now seeking further bolt-on acquisitions in Canada.

National Express has revealed plans for the development of a £27m replacement for Birmingham's Digbeth coach station, including coach terminal, office and apartment block on a derelict site near the Jewellery Quarter.

National Express is to receive an additional £115m subsidy from the Strategic Rail Authority to ensure that services are maintained on the ScotRail and Central franchises.

National Express has selected Exeter as the location for the new Wessex Trains headquarters, and 45 staff will be recruited.

National Express is to shed up to 100 management jobs by merging the offices of three London train services at the Silverlink office in Old Street, which will involve the closure of the WAGN office in Watford and the c2c office in Southend.

National Express is setting up a £1m customer contact centre for its coach business at the No1 Hagley Road building on Five Ways in Birmingham, which will involve the transfer of 300 staff from its Digbeth site.

National Express has agreed to sell its UK airports business, which includes Bournemouth and East Midlands, to Manchester Airport for £241m.

National Express has awarded a £23m contract to TransBus International for the supply of 180 buses to its Travel West Midlands business.

National Express is considering plans to auction off the East Midlands and Bournemouth airports, in order to raise about £200m to expand its rail and bus operations.

National Express is planning a £3m refurbishment of the Chorlton Street bus station in Manchester.

National Express has won a two-year extension to its Midland Mainline rail franchise until 2008, in return for continuing investment of about £240m.

National Express is considering plans to introduce US-style yellow school buses in the Midlands, in order to help local authorities reduce rush-hour traffic.

National Express has announced a £162m takeover bid for Prism Rail, which will give the group seven out of the 25 train operating franchises and a 20% share of the rail market.

National Express is to acquire School Services & Leasing, the US school bus operator, for £137m.

National Express is looking to participate in the consolidation of the UK bus and rail markets, prompting speculation that it is considering a merger with FirstGroup.

National Express is paying £4m for a 10% stake in Prepayment Cards Limited, the developer of a new integrated transport payment system that allows passengers to use a single ticket for journeys throughout the country.

National Express is linking up with BAA to operate airport rail and coach links at Heathrow, Stansted and Gatwick.

National Express has acquired ATC Group, the US bus operator, for £106m, and is now looking for similar bolt-on acquisitions.

National Express has secured a lease on Stewart Airport in New York State for an initial £15m.

National Express has announced a £150m plan to introduce 140mph commuter trains from Northampton and Milton Keynes to London, which would involve ordering 12 tilting trains.

National Express has acquired Durham Transportation, the US school bus operator, for £109m, thereby gaining 5,600 vehicles in 14 states.

National Express has won three franchises to operate rail and coach services in Melbourne at a cost of £32m, which will make it the largest private operator in Australia's public transport system.

National Express is acquiring Silverwing Transport Services, the airport coach operator, from Aviation Defence International for £1.2m.

National Express has acquired National Bus Company, the Australian operator of bus services in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney, for £13m.

National Express is planning to invest £95m in new trains and buses this year, and is said to be close to announcing the acquisition of a large school bus operator in the US.

National Express is offering £30m to councils in the Midlands to improve the road network and set up more bus lanes.

National Express has acquired Robinson Bus Service, the US operator of school buses in the Chicago area, for up to £14m.

National Express and DHL are to invest £70m in the improvement of air cargo handling facilities at East Midlands airport, including a new £35m parcel sorting centre.

National Express, the bus and rail operator, is planning to step up its international acquisitions programme in order to benefit from lower prices that have been brought about by economic uncertainty.

National Express has acquired Crabtree-Harmon, the US school bus operator, for up to £23m, and is now looking for similar acquisitions.

National Express is selling Highland Country Buses, which provides rural bus services in the Inverness area, to Rapson Coaches for £4m.

Silverlink, one of the National Express franchises, is considering plans to use tilting trains on its London to Birmingham line, but would first want an extension of its seven year operating franchise.

National Express is to spend this year's £2m fuel duty rebate announced in the Budget on the purchase of 11 new buses for its Travel West Midlands operation.

National Express has been named as the preferred bidder for New York State's Stewart International Airport.

National Express has placed orders worth a total of £148m for 40 electric trains from GEC Alsthom and 22 diesel trains from Adtranz, for use on its ScotRail and Central Trains franchises.

National Express has agreed to pay £0.5m in additional passenger benefits to compensate for its failure to meet a deadline for introducing new trains on its Gatwick Express franchise.

Luton Borough Council has announced the final shortlist of bidders to operate Luton Airport, and it includes National Express, Lockheed Martin, and a joint venture between Peel Holdings and Copenhagen Airport, with a final decision expected next month.

National Express is inviting bids for the supply of 13 two-car trains for its Central Trains franchise at a cost of about £13m, with an option for a further 50 carriages.

National Express has bought Group Bronckaers, the Belgian bus operator with 104 vehicles, for up to £4.2m.

National Express has been told by the government that it must sell off its Scottish coach network in order to keep the ScotRail train franchise, following an investigation by the MMC.

National Express is planning to bid in the next round of regional airports being privatised in Australia, and is actively looking for other acquisitions in the UK and abroad.

The government is referring National Express' acquisition of the ScotRail and Central Trains franchises to the Monopolies & Mergers Commission, against the advice of the OFT.

National Express has awarded a £38m contract for 13 two-car trains for its Midland Mainline company to Adtranz.

National Express is linking up with Schoyen of Norway to form a joint venture called Concordia, which will act as a vehicle for acquisitions and to tender for public transport contracts in Scandinavia and Germany.

National Express, GB Railways and Virgin Rail have all been shortlisted to operate Australia's three long-distance passenger train services, which are expected to be sold-off by the government for about £50m.

National Express is looking to set up a joint venture with an unnamed European transport company in order to make acquisitions in Germany and Scandinavia.

National Express has cut 320 staff at two of its rail franchises - Midland Mainline and Gatwick Express, while further job cuts at three other franchises are expected to follow.

National Express has been awarded the seven year franchise to run the Scottish rail network, and it plans to introduce 47 new three-car trains by 2000 in order to improve service frequency.

National Express has won the Central Trains franchise, which operates in East Anglia, the Midlands and Wales.

National Express has been selected as preferred bidder for Central Trains, which operates in East Anglia, the Midlands and north Wales.

National Express has been selected as preferred bidder for ScotRail.

National Express has made a £12.5m bid for Taybus, the Dundee-based bus operator, and shareholders will be voting on the deal on February 23 1997.

National Express has been selected as preferred bidder for North London Railways, which would represent its third rail franchise.

National Express has been ordered by the government to provide guarantees on coach fares and timetables in order to avoid having its acquisition of the Midland Mainline rail franchise referred to competition authorities.

National Express has been selected as preferred bidder for Taybus, the Dundee-based bus operator.

National Express is planning to bid for all 12 remaining rail franchises and is also looking to acquire more bus companies, especially in continental Europe.

National Express has been referred to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission as it has refused to promote rival coach services following its acquisition of the Midland Mainline InterCity rail franchise.

National Express Group, the coach operator, says it may refuse to comply with Office of Fair Trading restrictions regarding its acquisition of two rail franchises, and this could lead to a full MMC review of transport competition between London and Sheffield.

The trade and industry secretary is threatening to refer National Express' acquisition of the Midland Mainline rail franchise to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission due to fears that competition will be reduced.

The National Express coach operator is planning to use a fleet of 14 gas-powered buses in the West Midlands in order to cut exhaust emissions.

National Express, the coach company, has won a ten year franchise to operate the Midland Mainline InterCity rail service between London and South Yorkshire.

National Express is expected to win the passenger train franchises for Gatwick Express and Midland Mainline companies, assuming the OFT does not object.

National Express is investing £30m in 300 new buses following its first increase in passenger numbers for ten years.

National Express has failed in its bid for South West Trains, but Stagecoach and South West Trains' management are thought to still be left in the bidding.