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National Express opts for all-round solution from IVU

Berlin, 29 September 2015 | National Express is on its way. From December, the private railway company will be operating its first two lines in Germany. To ensure smooth planning, dispatching, operations control, passenger information and settlement processes, National Express has opted for the standard system of IVU Traffic Technologies AG.

13 December 2015 is the big day: National Express will take over lines RE 7 and RB 48 in North Rhine-Westphalia when the new timetable comes into effect. 35 brand-new trains and around 130 employees will ensure that passengers on the Rhein-Münster­land route reach their destination on time and in comfort. Using the standard products of IVU.suite, IVU Traffic Technologies AG built the requisite IT infrastructure in no time, taking just four months from the start of the project to commencement of planning.

The schedules and staff rosters are already being prepared with IVU.rail, while vehicles and staff will be dispatched on a daily basis at a later stage. The control-centre software IVU.fleet supports operational control, and IVU.realtime provides connected information systems with all real-time data. Finally, IVU.control manages all data relevant to the transport agreements such as infrastructure costs, punctuality and cancellations, and exchanges them with the client’s systems.

IVU’s all-round solution ensures seamless integration of all operational tasks. Numerous interfaces also allow integration of peripheral systems. “With the IVU system, we are getting everything from a single source,” said Wolfgang Schuster, Managing Director of National Express Rail GmbH. “We are particularly impressed by the software’s wide range of functions and modular structure. This allows us to expand the system flexibly and easily adapt it to the requirements of our growing network.” 

Based in Cologne, National Express Rail GmbH was established in spring 2012 as a subsidiary of the UK’s National Express Group. In April 2013, the company was awarded the contract for lines RE 7 and RB 48 in North Rhine-Westphalia, covering around 5,100,000 train kilometres per year.



IVU Traffic Technologies has been working for over 40 years with more than 700 engineers to ensure efficient and environmentally friendly public transport. IVU.suite's integrated standard products cover all bus and rail companies’ processes: from planning, dispatching and operations controls to ticketing, passenger information and the settlement of transport contracts. By working in close partnership with our customers, we lead successful and ambitious IT projects and ensure reliable mobility in the world's metropolises. 

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