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Even higher standards and new vehicles en route for passengers as West Midlands Bus Alliance is renewed
Bus passengers across the West Midlands can look forward to even higher standards of service and reliability thanks to a landmark agreement being renewed.
The Half Term Escape to Winter Sun Begins on the Coach
The appeal of winter sun is as strong as ever this half term with an increasing number of holiday makers choosing to start their travels abroad by coach.
Birmingham gets its own low-fare zone
National Express West Midlands has extended its successful low-fare zones again, this time to suburban Birmingham.
Art on the buses highlights mental health for National Express Coventry passengers
A visiting artist supported Coventry’s mental health festival by creating charcoal drawings and leaving them for National Express Coventry passengers to enjoy.
National Express unveils next generation coach
National Express is pulling the wraps off its all-new coach – set to take comfort, safety and technology levels to new heights when it hits the road.
The Holiday Hop returns!
Dundee’s bus companies are offering families a discounted kids fare for the third time this year! Xplore Dundee, Stagecoach and Moffat & Williamson are once again teaming up with Dundee City Council to offer a child’s ticket for just 20p during the October holidays (Saturday 7th October – Sunday 22nd October).
Coach Travel on the Increase with Savvy Students
An increasing number of university students are choosing coach as their preferred mode of travel according to the latest figures from National Express, the UK’s largest coach operator.
Boxing fans won't miss a blow with National Express
National Express is running special services to and from Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday 28 October so boxing fans aren’t left on the ropes after Anthony Joshua’s big fight.
All aboard the Tram-A-Lama-Ding-Dong! for Birmingham Weekender
Brummie comedian Barbara Nice will help raise a laugh as part of on-board entertainment for Midland Metro passengers heading to the Birmingham Weekender arts festival.
Dundee drivers’ pedal power
A group of Dundee drivers have handed over a large donation to Roxburghe House Comfort Fund after completing a charity cycle in memory of one of their colleagues.
New Plymouth coach station celebrates its first birthday
The new Plymouth coach station on Armada Way in the West End of the city recently celebrated one year since it first opened its doors to the public with a special event organised by National Express, who run the station.
Safe Travel at Safe Taysiders
Xplore Dundee is reminding Dundee’s young people how to be safe and avoid anti-social behaviour on and around buses.
National Express West Midlands is top for transport safety
National Express West Midlands has been judged the safest transport company in the country.
Bid for Big Sleuth's beautiful Bussy Bear
Bus enthusiasts could be in with a chance to own a unique piece of transport history.
Big Brum Bus Bash is a triumph
Two thousand people and 44 vehicles got together at the weekend to celebrate all things bus in Birmingham’s Cannon Hill Park.
Big Brum Bus Bash
Bus enthusiasts and history buffs are in for an old-time treat on Sunday 10 September as National Express West Midlands puts on its annual free bus festival.
Safer Travel heads back to school
Bosses at West Midlands Safer Travel Partnership have praised Birmingham schoolchildren after a successful end-of-term police operation to crack down on anti-social behaviour.
National Express gears up for Bank Holiday rail disruption
National Express is adding thousands of extra seats to coach services this weekend as ongoing rail woes threaten the Bank Holiday getaway.
National Express backing Team England’s bid for gold in 2018
National Express is announcing its support for Team England athletes as they gear up to go for gold in next year’s Commonwealth Games.
Xplore Dundee plans October changes
Xplore Dundee is planning a number of changes to its services in the coming weeks following extensive customer consultation.
Back to School – Better by Bus
Xplore Dundee is offering to take care of the school run with new products and discounted tickets for young people.
Cartoon heroes set to animate summer coach travel
National Express is revealing that brand new content is going live on its coaches featuring some of the nation’s most popular cartoon heroes to entertain kids this summer.
Kits help stop spit and run
West Midlands Safer Travel Police are catching more and more offenders using DNA from “spit kits”.
Talented Isra puts Brum on a bus
National Express West Midlands and Exterion Media are celebrating Birmingham as the “community capital” of the UK with a bus specially designed by one of the city’s talented schoolgirls.
National Express rides to the rescue during August rail chaos
National Express is adding thousands of extra seats to services this August after demand for coach travel has soared, with rail passengers facing a month of chaos.
Safer Travel superpower IDs a thousand suspects
West Midlands Safer Travel Police’s “memory man” has now successfully identified 1,000 crime suspects.
Rugby League fans given sporting chance of reaching Challenge Cup final
National Express is giving Rugby League fans a sporting chance of getting to the Ladbrookes Challenge Cup Final later this month while the trains are disrupted.
Help us beat the traffic in south Birmingham
National Express West Midlands is asking Brummies in the south of the city to help them make the bus service better.
The best boss in the world works at National Express West Midlands
Visits to National Express West Midlands bus garages are always popular and enjoyable for those that experience them, but it’s not often that the bus operator receives letters expressing their thanks.
Birmingham bus driver is a hero
Perry Barr bus driver Desmond Johnson has won an Outstanding Act of Good Citizenship Award from David Jamieson, the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).
National Express West Midlands launches biggest ever ad campaign
National Express West Midlands has launched its largest ever advertising campaign.
How are YOU getting to the Carnival?
Xplore Dundee is urging Dundee festival-goers to plan ahead for a smooth journey to Carnival Fifty Six.
New airport route takes off in time for summer
National Express is getting the holidays off to a flying start this week by rolling out a new airport route to boost capacity and frequency for flyers.
Get your concert travel ‘Wrapped Up’ with Xplore Dundee!
Xplore Dundee is reminding those going to Thursday’s Olly Murs concert at Slessor Gardens to be in the ‘Right Place, Right Time’ and travel to the gig by bus.
Wolverhampton bus driver ready to defend national title
In September, National Express will be sending six of their best bus drivers to the national Bus Driver of the Year competition in Blackpool.
Midlands artist calls on kids to display their talents
A professional artist is encouraging kids to get colourful and creative in a landmark drawing competition which gives them the chance to see their design on the side of a coach.
Bridgewater Schoolboy recognised for heartwarming tale
A Bridgewater-based schoolboy will have his work on display for thousands of passengers to read, after winning a creative writing competition launched by one of the biggest names in UK transport.
Bracknell schoolgirl’s tale of success
A Bracknell schoolgirl will have her work read by millions after winning a creative writing competition launched by one of the biggest names in UK transport.
Xplore Dundee’s anniversary Open Day
Xplore Dundee is getting ready to open its doors to the general public once again to celebrate 20 years of National Express in the city.
Master Driver repeats grandfather’s success – fifty years on
Fifty years after his grandfather Ronald Smith received a Master Driver award from his Birmingham employers for driving excellence, grandson Stuart Wilkinson has repeated that success with National Express West Midlands.
National Express cuts fares for students and NHS workers
National Express West Midlands is slashing bus fares for Birmingham students and NHS staff.
National Express celebrates Catch the Bus Week
National Express West Midlands is celebrating Catch the Bus Week by offering five days’ travel at a big discount.
Catch the Bus Week 2017
Xplore Dundee is getting ready to welcome the Transport Minister Humza Yousaf to its garage and reminding local people of the importance of bus travel in daily life, as part of Catch the Bus Week 2017 (3 – 7 July 2017).
Brighton artist calls on kids to get colourful!
A Brighton artist is encouraging kids in the South East to get colourful and creative in a landmark drawing competition which gives them the chance to see their design on the side of a coach.
School’s out so don’t stay in!
Dundee’s schoolchildren are celebrating the start of the summer holidays and the city’s main bus operator is giving parents something to be happy about too.
See Something, Say Something now more accessible
A student from Hodge Hill has inspired the Safer Travel Partnership to re-design their See Something, Say Something cards to be more accessible to vulnerable users.
REVEALED: The UK’s favourite walks
From the remote beauty of the Scottish Highlands to the awe-inspiring White Cliffs of Dover, a new survey has pinpointed Britain’s best loved walks.
More happy passengers on Midland Metro
The Midland Metro tram has seen the biggest rise in passenger satisfaction in the country, a key survey has found.
Artist calls on East of England kids to make their mark!
A professional artist is encouraging kids in the East of England to get colourful and creative in a landmark drawing competition which gives them the chance to see their design on the side of a coach.
Bus conductor Lester's last stop
National Express West Midlands has granted the last wishes of a former bus conductor by providing a special bus to take family members to his funeral.
Coventry’s ‘backpacking Bridget Jones’ helps Brits get holidays off to a flying start
A Warwickshire woman who found international fame as ‘the backpacking Bridget Jones’ is helping Brits get their holidays off to a flying start after being chosen to launch a summer campaign by one of the biggest names in British transport.
National Express West Midlands celebrates first Clean Air Day
National Express West Midlands is pledging support for the first national Clean Air Day.
South West artist Jenny calls on kids to make their mark!
A South West artist is encouraging kids to get colourful and creative in a landmark drawing competition which gives them the chance to see their design on the side of a coach.
Derbyshire schoolgirl the author of her own success
A Buxton schoolgirl will have her work read by millions after winning a creative writing competition launched by one of the biggest names in UK transport.
Brede schoolgirl the author of her own success
A Brede schoolgirl will have her work read by millions after winning a creative writing competition launched by one of the biggest names in UK transport.
Get in the Carnival mood with the Number 56!
Xplore Dundee is running the only shuttle bus service to and from the city’s biggest event of the summer - Carnival Fifty Six.
National Express release previously unseen archive material ahead of 45th birthday
A new peek into the National Express archives has revealed a hidden wealth of classic images and marketing material from almost five decades of history.
Jack’s travel tale is tops
A Spennymoor schoolboy who turned the ignition on his imagination to pen an original story will have his work read by millions after winning a creative writing competition launched by one of the biggest names in UK transport.
Cheshire school kids authors of their own success
Two Cheshire youngsters will have their work read by millions after winning a creative writing competition launched by one of the biggest names in UK transport.
Travel to London for the price of a coffee
National Express is helping people take advantage of the longer summer days by revealing thousands of ultra low cost fares.
North East illustrator wants kids to show their true colours
A North East children’s illustrator is encouraging kids to get colourful and creative in a drawing competition which gives them the chance to see their design on the side of a coach.
Schoolkids use Class Pass for fundraising challenge
A group of fundraising schoolchildren are the first in the city to use Xplore Dundee’s brand new Class Pass.
National Express West Midlands serves Birmingham with Pride
National Express West Midlands defied terror threats and a last minute vehicle accident to get a bus into Birmingham’s Pride festival on Saturday 27 May.
Xplore Dundee welcomes visiting councillors
Dundee’s main bus operator, Xplore Dundee, is welcoming the city’s new and re-elected local councillors with a fact-finding tour of its garage and operations.
Xplore Dundee signs RNIB’s Bus Charter
Xplore Dundee is committing to make bus travel easier for the city’s blind and partially-sighted community.
Xplore Dundee celebrates alongside local museums
Xplore Dundee is playing its part in the Festival of Museums this weekend (Saturday 20th May) alongside its partners The McManus and Dundee Museum of Transport.
National Express West Midlands raises thousands for Birmingham Children’s Hospital
Bus company National Express West Midlands has presented Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity with almost £2,000 to help young patients and their families when they need it most.
National Express West Midlands support Sandwell and West Birmingham
National Express West Midlands has launched a community partnership with Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals Trust.
National Express West Midlands raise hundreds for local charity St Basils
Bus company National Express West Midlands has raised over £300 for local youth homelessness charity St Basils, with more to come during the course of this year.
Trim shop Trevor slam dunks international award
National Express West Midlands’ Trevor Sale has beaten off competition from 45,000 colleagues from Morocco, America, Spain, Bahrain and Germany to become the Group’s overall Community Value Award winner.
Coventry bus driver wins international customer award
A Coventry bus driver has beaten off competition from 45,000 employees from across the whole of the National Express Group, including colleagues from Spain, Morocco, Germany, Bahrain and America, to win the Customer Value Award for 2016.
Top ten Bank Holiday destinations
Everybody loves a Bank Holiday and National Express is revealing the top ten most popular towns and cities to visit by coach this weekend.
Welsh illustrator wants kids to show their true colours
A Welsh children’s illustrator is encouraging kids to get colourful and creative in a drawing competition which gives them the chance to see their design on the side of a coach.
Natural views and scenery dominate in list of UK's favourite free day's out
A countdown of the UK’s favourite free days out has revealed Britain’s love for the great outdoors.
Cristina wins safety award for saving a life
A customer services advisor has been given a top safety award from one of the biggest names in British transport after saving a woman’s life.
Xplore Dundee on your mobility scooter
A Dundee woman is delighted with the freedom she’s gained from using her mobility scooter on the city’s buses.
Brave Birmingham bus driver up for international award
A National Express Birmingham bus driver is in the running for an international safety prize.
ISO 9001 for National Express
National Express has been recertified to the new 2015-standard ISO 9001.
UK's most picturesque streets revealed
The Shambles, York’s famous fourteenth century market road, has been named Britain’s prettiest street.
National Express recognised for leadership on the real Living Wage
National Express UK Bus has received a Special Recognition Award for its leadership and promotion of the real Living Wage.
Snow patrols cut Christmas crime on buses
The results are in - the Safer Travel Partnership’s Christmas crackdown has cut crime on the buses.
National Express engineering is officially excellent
National Express engineers are celebrating after all eleven of the company’s UK bus garages were recognised for excellence with an Institute of Road Transport Engineers Certification Award.
Upholding the gold standard
National Express UK Coach has been recognised by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) with a gold award in recognition of excellence in safety - for the third consecutive year.
Contactless arrives on National Express buses
National Express West Midlands bus passengers have been paying by contactless for the first time.
Coach company puts support for veterans into top gear
A Pontypridd-based coach company is putting its support for the Armed Forces’ community into top gear by offering guaranteed interviews for veterans.
MD of National Express UK Bus to retire
The Managing Director of National Express’ UK bus division, Peter Coates, is retiring after 20 distinguished years with the transport company.
Phantom passenger jailed for whiplash fraud
National Express West Midlands has sent out a stern warning to fraudsters after a 25-year-old Birmingham man was jailed for contempt of court.
89% of passengers happy with Coventry buses
The latest survey of National Express bus passengers in Coventry shows that 89% of them are happy with the service they receive.
Hop on the bus for an Easter treat!
Xplore Dundee has teamed up with Dundee City Council to offer an egg-citing Easter treat for local families – the Holiday Hop, where kids can travel on the bus for just 20p each.
Do you have the West Midlands best mum?
National Express West Midlands has launched a competition to find the region’s best mum, offering first, second and third place prizes including a top Mother’s Day lunch at Birmingham’s Malmaison.
91% of passengers satisfied with Dundee buses
The latest survey of bus passengers in Dundee shows that 91% are happy with the service they receive, a score which is higher than the Scottish average.
Extra coaches across the board offer fast track to Grand National
National Express reveals it will lay on extra coaches to the Grand National (Saturday, April 8) to support race-goers impacted by a trio of rail strikes.
Mum's the word on Mother’s Day
National Express is today revealing top ten most popular destinations to visit this Mother’s Day (Sunday 26th March) as it unveils a superb offer for mums.
Midland Metro passenger numbers set to top seven million on back of city centre tram extension
The number of people using the Midland Metro soared to record levels last year after the tram system was extended onto the streets of Birmingham city centre.
Multi-million investment set to create new jobs
Up to 120 new jobs are being created in Bristol and a brand new multi-million pound depot constructed following a contact win awarded by one of the biggest names in British transport.
Bus drivers set for fundraising football match for Alfie's charity
Game for a laugh bus drivers are gearing up for a charity five-a-side football match with a few surprises.
City leaders hail extra coaches as a 'lifeline' for displaced rail passengers
National Express today, Friday, March 10, reveals it is laying on thousands of extra coach seats in April to support people impacted by scheduled rail disruption – in a move welcomed by city leaders.
Come and have a go if ‘EU’ think you’re good enough urges artist
A Dover artist is encouraging kids to ‘channel’ their creative energy in a European-themed art competition for a chance to have their winning design on the side of a coach.
National Express West Midlands celebrates National Apprenticeships Week
National Express West Midlands employs over 5,500 staff, which this year includes 29 apprentices in roles across the company’s ten garages in the region.
The UK’s best-loved free attractions
National Express is lifting the lid on the UK’s best loved free attractions – in a drive to help people enjoy the Easter break affordably.
National Express launches UK’s first on-bus infotainment system
National Express West Midlands bus passengers can now get their show on the road - literally.
National Express buses battle global warming
National Express West Midlands has been recognised for its industry-leading work in fighting global warming.
Coach pledge keeps Junior dancing
A schoolboy dubbed the real-life Billy Elliot is jumping for joy as National Express is promising to keep the wheels turning on his budding dance career.
Coach commuting is just the ticket
National Express is hoping a new Leicester to Birmingham coach service will prove just the ticket for commuters.
Road to Wembley clear for Sky Blues fans
National Express is laying on extra stops and services for Sky Blues fans so they can watch Coventry battle it out in their first Wembley Cup final for 30 years.
West Midlands Safer Travel Restorative Justice scheme goes from strength to strength
A scheme which tackles anti-social behaviour (ASB) such as vandalism by young people on public transport across the West Midlands has celebrated another successful year.
Celebrating 20 years of National Express in Dundee
Xplore Dundee is this month celebrating its 20th anniversary of joining the National Express Group.
Bus boy’s birthday treat
Birmingham's youngest bus driver, Jacob Pointon from Pype Hayes in Erdington, recently visited National Express West Midlands’ Perry Barr bus garage to celebrate his fourth birthday.
Dundee shines at Values Awards
Dundee’s main bus operator, Xplore Dundee, has picked up a series of awards for safety, quality and community involvement at the National Express UK Bus Values Awards.
On the wheels of love
Love was in the air today as National Express West Midlands bus driver Ian Holden picked up girlfriend Penny in a specially signposted bus.
Fares slashed on Sandwell and Dudley buses
National Express West Midlands is bringing cheaper travel to the Black Country.
Coventry is top West Midlands bus garage
National Express’ Coventry garage has swept the board at the bus operator’s yearly Value Awards.
National Express sets the Gold Standard with new Forces support group
National Express has joined forces with other industry-leading business who are setting the gold standard for their support for the Armed Forces.
Wise-cracking Black Country bus driver proves charity is no joke
A wise-cracking Black Country bus driver is free to crack gags again after steering clear of one-liners for charity.
Seat satisfaction among c2c passengers at three-year high
c2c passengers are more satisfied with key factors of their journey such as seat availability, comfort and ease of getting on the train than at any time in the past three years, according to the latest research from independent watchdog Transport Focus.
First Midland Metro tram leaves UK for conversion to catenary-free
A Midland Metro tram is in Spain to be fitted with hi-tech batteries allowing it to run without the need for overhead power cables.
Public Consultation - Buses In West Bromwich, Bearwood, Oldbury & Blackheath
National Express West Midlands wants to hear from members of the public before it changes some bus routes in West Bromwich, Bearwood, Oldbury, Blackheath and surrounding areas.
Wheels in Ve-motion for Safer Travel in the West Midlands
National Express West Midlands has installed 4G Vemotion CCTV units to some of its vehicles, helping Safer Travel police officers to target anti-social behaviour on the bus network in real-time.
National Express Employee Charity Panel provides nearly £13,000 of support
In 2016, the National Express Employee Charity Panel donated £12,800 to 56 different charities and community groups supported by the company’s UK employees.
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