UPDATED: NX buys Clarkes of London

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Clarkes is an iconic London fleet. MIKE SHEATHER

National Express (UK Coach) has completed the purchase of Clarkes of London today (Friday, December 16).

In a statement, Ian Fraser, Managing Director of The Kings Ferry & Clarkes of London said: “This is a really exciting time for both the Clarkes of London and National Express teams as we join together to strengthen our service offering to customers.

“It will be business as usual for corporate and private hire customers as well as the Clarkes team. There are no changes to service delivery, contracts or vehicle specification. Your contacts within the Clarkes of London team remain the same and you are able to get in touch with them in the normal way.

“Customers who are familiar with National Express will know that they already operate award winning private hire and corporate services through The Kings Ferry Ltd. The addition of Clarkes of London will allow us to further enhance our offering and continue to deliver improvements offering value for money and excellent customer service.

“Clarkes’ is a fantastic company with a proud history and an excellent record of delivering high-quality services and is a welcome addition to our business. We look forward to an exciting future together.”

More details as soon as we have them…

Updated December 20:

National Express (NX) has confirmed the vehicle fleet is included in the deal.

Asked by CBW whether Clarkes’ two depots  – the main site at Lower Sydenham and the other at Hoo, Rochester – NX replied: “The business will continue to operate at the two sites over the long term.”

With word having reached CBW that Debbie Newman is to stay on in the short-terms, NX confirmed: “Debbie is staying for an interim period to help ensure a smooth transition.”

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