Rail contracts to generate €1.6bn for National Express

National Express Group has been chosen to run two 15 year regional commuter rail contracts in Germany.

Three local authorities in Germany confirmed on Wednesday February 6 that they intended to award the two contracts that serve cities including Cologne and Bonn in Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia to National Express.

The contracts are for a regional express service between Rheine-Munster-Cologne-Krefeld and a Bonn-Cologne-Wuppertal stopping service.

The services are currently run by Deutsche Bahn and carry around 18 million passengers per year.

National Express said in a statement that it will start operating the 15 year contract in December 2015 once it has procured 36 new electric trains.

The contracts are expected to generate revenues of around €1.6bn for the duration of the contract.