National Express given extension on c2c franchise

National Express has been awarded an extension on its franchise to run the c2c commuter line, which runs between London and Essex, for a further two years until 26 May, 2013.

The c2c contract had been set to expire next year. Chief executive Dean Finch said the extension reflected National Express's success in making c2c "one of the best performing train operators in Britain".

In September, National Express was given a reprieve on its only other franchise, East Anglia, when the coalition government gave it an initial 28 week extension beyond the original expiry date of 31 March 2011. The previous Labour government had denied it an extension on the franchise.