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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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, 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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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.