National Express’ new European alliance

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The agreement marks National Express’ commitment to continue to provide passengers with European coach travel following its withdrawal from the Eurolines Organisation which came into effect at the end of 2017. Tickets for both UK and European travel can purchased through the NX website. MIKE SHEATHER

National Express (NX) is strengthening its trans-continental services with a new partnership with two market-leading European coach companies.

The news comes after NX shut its Eurolines UK business late last year. At the time, a spokesperson told CBW: “Eurolines has been a well-established brand in Europe, and part of the National Express network, for many years. However, we have taken the decision to resign from the Eurolines Organisation and its partners, as we believe there is a greater opportunity for our business outside of this partnership.”

In what would appear to be the latest chapter in the story, NX has confirmed it has formed a partnership with OUIBUS in France and ALSA in Spain, so coach passengers can travel to hundreds of destinations across Europe. OUIBUS is a subsidiary of French state-owned railway operator SNCF, while ALSA is NX’s Spanish subsidiary.

Chris Hardy, NX Coach MD, commented: “This partnership strengthens our hand in Europe and means customers will have access to great value connected coach travel across a fantastic range of destinations in the UK and Europe.

“OUIBUS and ALSA are both well-established and respected coach travel providers and market leaders in their own right. We are pleased to welcome them to our family of European partners.”