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GERMANY: National Express and Abellio were named as preferred bidders for three contracts to operate Rhein-Ruhr Express passenger services on June 16.
Totalling 14·6 million train-km/year, the operating contracts start in 2018-20 and run until December 2033, with options for termination up to two years early. They are being awarded jointly by the Rhein-Ruhr, Rheinland, Westfalen-Lippe, Rheinland-Pfalz Nord and Nordhessische transport authorities. Formal signing is subject to no objections being submitted during the 10-day regulatory standstill period.
‘National Express is delighted with this further success in German rail’, said CEO Dean Finch. ‘It strengthens our presence in the Nordrhein-Westfalen region, where we begin operating our first contracts later this year. I am very pleased with the progress that our strong local team is making. They are focused on delivering rigorous proposals that will provide excellent services for passengers, a fair deal for local taxpayers and good returns for shareholders.’
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