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NX response to DfT statement on Gatwick Express
14 Apr 2007

National Express Group PLC ('the Group') notes today's announcement from the Department for Transport ('DfT') concerning the Gatwick Express train franchise. The Group will now begin the process of transferring the franchise to Southern, a process which will be completed by May 2008.

Group Chief Executive Richard Bowker said 'Our employees are to be congratulated for the outstanding performance of this business in terms of both reliability and customer satisfaction. They deliver an outstanding service despite the very challenging commercial terms of the franchise itself.

'We will always stand by our commitments even when the immediate commercial advantage is not obvious. We will continue to maintain this level of professionalism for our customers on Gatwick Express until our obligations expire in May 2008. We will work with the DfT to ensure a smooth transition of the franchise over the coming months.'

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For further information, please contact:

Nicola Marsden/Georgina Parkes
National Express Group PLC 020 7529 2000