The National Express bus and rail operator bidding war is expected to enter a third extension past the originally set deadline.

It is anticipated that the Spanish consortium will ask for additional time on the £765m bid after its initial delay of three weeks extending it to Oct. 16th. Both parties requested the first delay.

A source close to the decision stated that it does not look as if the decision will be completed by this Friday at 5pm, so there will be a need for additional talks.