10 Facts About National Express


In May 1999, National Express purchased Australia's largest private bus operator, National Bus Company.

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In January 2000, National Express expanded into the American market by acquiring ATC, a public transportation operator.

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In December 2002, National Express handed in its Victorian rail franchises having been unable to renegotiate financial terms with the State Government.

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In September 2004, National Express sold its Melbourne bus operations to Ventura Bus Lines, and Brisbane and Perth bus operations to Connex.

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In October 2005, National Express agreed to buy most of the operations of privately owned Spanish transport operator ALSA, which operates bus and coach services in Spain, Portugal and Morocco, and long-distance coach services to other parts of Europe.

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In November 2007, National Express announced plans to re-brand all of their operations under a new unified National Express identity.

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In February 2013, National Express Germany was awarded two regional rail contracts by the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr, Zweckverband Nahverkehr Rheinland and Zweckverband Nahverkehr Westfalen-Lippe authorities that commenced in December 2015.

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In January 2015, the Bayerische Eisenbahngesellschaft announced that National Express had been selected to operate the Nuremberg S-Bahn system from December 2018.

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However, in October 2016, National Express elected to pull out, citing a delay in the ability to order new rolling stock while a challenge brought on by Deutsche Bahn was resolved, would make its bid unviable.

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In December 2020, National Express sold its Xplore Dundee business to McGill's Bus Services.

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