BRITISH rail and bus operator National Express has decided to withdraw from a concession to operate the Nuremberg S-Bahn, which it was awarded by Bavarian Railway Company (BEG) 20 months ago, because it claims a protracted legal challenge by German Rail (DB) has damaged the economic viability of the deal.
GERMAN Rail (DB) announced on August 10 that its subsidiary DB Regio has lodged an appeal at the regional high court in Munich against a ruling by Bavaria’s public procurement authority which upheld the decision by Bavarian Railway Company (BEG) to award two contracts for the operation of the Nuremberg S-Bahn network to National Express.
GERMAN Rail (DB) is one of the world's biggest transport organisations with nearly 297,000 employees (64% of them in Germany) and group turnover of around €40bn in 2015. Yet despite its size and breadth of activities, DB faces an uncertain future - largely driven by changes in its "home" market.
BAVARIAN Railway Company (BEG) confirmed on December 16 that it will conclude two contracts to operate the Nuremberg S-Bahn network with National Express after the regional high court in Munich ruled that the operator has provided sufficient financial performance guarantees in compliance with the terms of the original tender.
FOLLOWING a lengthy legal process, Bavaria's regional high court in Munich has ruled that Bavarian Railway Company (BEG) will not be allowed to finalise two contracts with National Express for the operation of the Nuremberg S-Bahn network without first establishing whether that the financial performance guarantees offered by the selected bidder meet the terms of the original tender.
FOLLOWING a European tender, Rhine-Ruhr Transport Authority (VRR) announced on June 15 that it has selected National Express and Abellio for three contracts to operate the Rhine-Ruhr Express (RRX) network for up to 15 years from its launch in December 2018.
BRITAIN's Department for Transport (DfT) announced on June 2 that it has shortlisted three bidders for the new East Anglia franchise, with incumbent Abellio seeking to retain the contract in the face of competition from First Group and the network's former operator National Express.