- National Express Group said it had been awarded a major bus contract in the cities of Rabat, Sale and Temara in Morocco.

The 500-bus contract, expected to carry 109m passengers a year across 61 routes, would source an anticipated €1bn of revenue over its life, the company said.

It was initially for 15 years, with an option of a further seven-year extension, with services commencing within a year.

'It is particularly pleasing that our track record for service excellence in Morocco played a significant part in this successful bid,' chief executive Dean Finch said.

'We hope to build on this success and secure further expansion in the coming years.'

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