NSL Services Group

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Now known simply as NSL rather than NSL Services Group, NSL was formed in Spring 2007 by the demerger of NCP into two separate businesses, and provides parking services, patient transport services, bus and coach operations, city centre CCTV monitoring, back office processing, "iconic"[1] streetscape consultancy and debt recovery.

The company was demerged from National Car Parks as NCP Services in 2007, and became NSL Services Group in April 2009, but is now known just as 'NSL'. It is owned by the private equity firm AAC Capital Partners.

Company overview[edit]

NSL is a UK market leader in on-street parking services, running contracts on behalf of more than 60 local authorities and two national Government organisations – DVLA and the Northern Ireland Roads Service. It also works with BAA at Heathrow and Gatwick airports, transporting people between terminals.

NSL is one of fewer than 50 companies nationwide to achieve the Investor in People Champion status and won the Training Award at the 2007 British Parking Awards.{www.britishparkingawards.co.uk/Resources/parkingwinners07a.doc]

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-17190084 reports that NSL had a bad experience at a January 2012 Employment Tribunal.

NSL has been subject to investigation into unfair practices by Channel 4's Cutting Edge programme http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ka01qtxymVs

Westminster Council CEOs (outsourced to NSL) have also been filmed using illegal tactics to block cars http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-F4QLkZpsQ

NSL Patient Transport[edit]

NSL patient transport includes services for non-emergency, high dependency, bariatric and secure/mental health patients. NSL is the largest private non-emergency patient transport provider in the UK, transporting over 2m patients to and from their appointments every year. NSL is a member of the Independent Ambulance Associtation (IAA).

It was chosen by NHS Kent and Medway in January 2013 to provide non-emergency patient transport. [2]

In January 2014 The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said the service did not meet mandatory standards in four out of five areas. It found patients had experienced long waits and some staff had not undergone criminal record checks.[3] In April 2014 the clinical commissioning groups in Kent agreed to provide an extra £1.6m for their contract as part of a “last chance” deal to improve its performance. Ian Ayres, chief officer for West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group, which manages the contract on behalf of eight CCGs in Kent and Medway told the Kent County Council Scrutiny Committee "The information which was available to commissioners drawing up the invitation to tender was incomplete, and therefore so was the specification."[4]

NSL Passenger Transport[edit]

NSL Services operates coaching and transfer services for both Heathrow and Gatwick airports on behalf of BAA.

Other Services[edit]

NSL also provide a number of other services. These include:

  • Park and ride sites in Oxford and Durham.
  • Planning and designing "streetscapes" through its consultancy arm, Project Centre.
  • Traffic rule enforcement, parking and traffic attendants.
  • Care services: patient transfers to the NHS.

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External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Consultancy Services". NSL Services Group. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Kent and Medway pens patient transport contract". Health Service Journal. 16 January 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "NSL Kent private ambulance service could face closure". BBC News. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "CCGs strike 'last chance' deal to rescue ambulance contract". Health Service Journal. 25 April 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014.