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Exterion Media adds South Western to its national network of franchise partners

FirstGroup has today announced Exterion Media, Europe’s largest privately owned Out-of-Home (OOH) advertising business, as its media partner for the new South Western rail franchise. Exterion Media takes over the contract from JCDecaux, which has held the South West Trains (SWT) contract for a number of years.
The news follows FirstGroup, and its partners MTR, winning the contract to operate the South Western rail franchise. The contract covers over 1,200 advertising sites across 92 stations. SWT saw over 300 million entries and exits in 2016, and delivers high volumes of commuters into London Waterloo daily from South West London and the South West Home Counties commuter belt.
Under the terms of the new agreement, FirstGroup will introduce a fleet of 90 new trains and add 22,000 extra seats into London Waterloo on every morning peak and 30,000 extra seats on every evening peak by December 2020.
Steve Montgomery, Managing Director at First Rail, said: “From August, we will be delivering £1.2bn of investment in the South Western rail network, improving the experience for customers with better trains, more seats and quicker journeys. Having built a strong relationship with Exterion Media on Great Western Railway, TransPennine Express and Hull Trains, we are delighted to be bringing their advertising knowledge to the new South Western franchise.”
Dave King, UK Managing Director at Exterion Media, said: “The South Western rail franchise is a premium network with a great, diverse audience. It complements our advertising across the TfL Rail estate, enabling us to offer increasingly connected solutions for advertisers from home to work – improving passenger journeys and creating experiences beyond the poster. The appointment demonstrates our strength within commuter advertising; we know building this creates real value for our national network of franchise partners, and we’re keen to accelerate our position.”
Glen Lovett, Group Head of Procurement at FirstGroup, said: “We are delighted to extend our media relationship with Exterion Media. They are a trusted partner in the transport industry, have very strong credentials in transport media, and in particular an excellent understanding of London, its urban audience and the advertising landscape. We have worked successfully with them over a number of years across our bus and rail portfolio and look forward to getting started with them on enhancing the passenger experience across the South Western rail network.”
Exterion Media reaches over 47 million people every week across the UK through its extensive bus, metro and rail advertising portfolio. The addition of the South Western franchise cements the company’s strong market position in London and the South, including responsibility for rail advertising opportunities across Great Western Railway (GWR), London Underground, London Overground, Tramlink, Docklands Light Railway, and from late 2018, the Elizabeth line (Crossrail).
The announcement follows the recent news that SPT has selected Exterion Media to manage the Glasgow Subway and bus operations advertising contract, strengthening the company’s position as the largest transport media owner in the UK.
The South Western rail franchise commences on 20th August 2017 and will run for a period of seven to nine years.

Ocean Group signs first landmark deal with Network Rail

In its first landmark deal with Network Rail, Ocean Group has been chosen as the provider of the three Media Eyes which will dominate the main entrances to the new Birmingham New Street Station which opens this September.

Part of the £200 million investment in Birmingham’s infrastructure, the agreement is Ocean Group’s first major contract win since the acquisition of Signature Outdoor last year. The Media Eyes will be sold by Ocean Outdoor and will be fully operational in autumn 2015.

The three full motion digital out of home screens, which each measure 30m x 7m, sit above the main entrances to Birmingham New Street and the John Lewis flagship store, part of the Grand Central shopping centre which also opens this September. The project forms part of one the UK’s biggest city centre redevelopments.

 The selection criteria to find a partner to design and operate the Media Eyes was based on commercial viability, architectural merit, technical ability and innovation, practical buildability and maintenance. The agreement was brokered by Signature Outdoor for Ocean Group.

Ocean Group CEO Tim Bleakley said:  “This multi-million pound investment is a significant addition to the Ocean portfolio in a prestige transport and retail environment. The Media Eyes will allow advertisers to reach premium rail passengers, business and retail audiences in one of the UK’s fastest growing cities.

“This is a significant part of our overall plan for what is rapidly becoming one of Europe’s most dynamic and exciting cities, a city that has been identified as a beacon of what out of home and digital out of home looks like at its very best.”

Chris Montgomery, Birmingham New Street project director, said: “We are really pleased to have the Ocean Group on board for this innovative and iconic part of the project.  The Media Eyes will have full motion picture media content which will bring even more vibrancy and movement to the station.” 

The media content for the Eyes will display a portion of community content as well as commercial advertising.  The screens can also be used to display station messaging in emergency situations.