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National Express to axe over 300 jobs

PUBLISHED: 12:23 18 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:49 05 July 2010

A LEADING rail firm is set to axe 300 jobs, it has been announced today.

The Transport Salaried Staffs Association has revealed that National Express is to trim over 300 workers from its East Anglia franchise.

A LEADING rail firm is set to axe 300 jobs, it has been announced today.

The Transport Salaried Staffs Association has revealed that National Express is to trim over 300 workers from its East Anglia franchise.

Union officials said they had been told the rail operator was closing its call centre in Norwich as part of overall cuts in the workforce.

The rest of the job losses, mainly in administrative staff, will be spread throughout the company, which operates trains in Lowestoft, across East Anglia and into London.

A total of 314 posts will be cut, including 72 vacancies which will now not be filled, said the TSSA.

General secretary Gerry Doherty said: “We are surprised at the size of the cuts given that National Express only announced three weeks ago that its rail revenues have increased 9pc in the past 12 months. “This is a bad blow for the Eastern region, which is suffering higher unemployment like all other regions in the country.''

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