National Express wins German rail contracts

C2C train in Essex Credit: ITV Anglia

National Express, which runs the C2C rail service in Essex has captured two contracts to run services in Germany. The company has beaten Germany's biggest transport operator to win the pair of 15 year contracts covering the cities of Cologne and Bonn.

The deal is a rare reversal of the trend that has seen Deutsche Bahn's Arriva division run services in Wales, as well as Chiltern Railways and CrossCountry. It also marks another step in the recovery of the rail arm of National Express, which was stripped of the East Coast mainline in 2009.