National Express buses provide big boost to British manufacturing

National Express, one of the country's biggest transport providers, has today (Thursday 20 March) announced the signing of a £100m deal for 600 brand new British built buses.  The agreement with Alexander Dennis will support 2,000 British jobs at the bus builders' Scarborough, Surrey and Falkirk sites.

The announcement has been welcomed by DfT Minister Baroness Kramer who has praised National Express' support of British manufacturing and the security this deal gives to British workers.

The 600 vehicles, a mix of double deck and smaller midi buses, will be built by Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) and will support over 2,000 British jobs.  Every vehicle ordered will secure a British worker's job for a year.

The deal was the first multi-year agreement of its size to be signed and will give British manufacturer ADL security on its order books and the ability to better plan procurement.

The new vehicles will be equipped with the latest customer comfort technology, environmentally friendly low emission engines as well as state-of the-art high definition CCTV.

Baroness Kramer, Minister of State for Transport said: "This is an example of what a great British transport company should be doing.  Supporting British manufacturing, securing jobs and signing deals that give other British companies security is vital to our economic growth."

Peter Coates, Managing Director of National Express UK Bus said: "This deal will ensure the £100m invested on improvements to our services over the coming years will not just benefit our customers, who will have great new buses, but will also give the British economy a big boost."

"The new buses will offer our customers a state-of-the-art, comfortable and environmentally friendly journey. We cannot wait to introduce these vehicles to the roads of the West Midlands and Dundee later in the year."

Colin Robertson, Chief Executive of ADL, commented: "We are absolutely delighted to take our business relationship with National Express to a new level.  Long term contracts of this nature underpin manufacturing programmes and contribute to job security.  They make so much sense, giving all parties a clear profile of expectations and financials.  My instinct is that we will see more 'partnerships' like this in the years ahead."

Pictured: Tom Watson MP and Ian Austin MP (centre and right) also welcomed the announcement with National Express UK Bus Managing Director, Peter Coates (left)

Published 20th March 2014