Coach commuting is just the ticket
Leicester Assistant City Mayor Councillor Adam Clarke and Station Manager Jane Morgan
National Express is hoping a new Leicester to Birmingham coach service will prove just the ticket for commuters.
Leicester Assistant City Mayor Councillor Adam Clarke, who has responsibility for sustainable transport, joined Leicester coach station manager Jane Morgan to launch the new service, which gets its wheels in motion from Monday (February 27).
The UK’s largest coach operator believes that the new 309 service, which enables people for the first time to commute from Leicester to Birmingham by coach, will appeal to workers, students travelling to and from university, leisure travellers and people looking for an alternative to the train.
It is hoped the provision of a guaranteed seat will prove particularly attractive to commuters, as well as well as the price.
Customers will also benefit from plug sockets and on-board toilets.
The new service operates daily and also serves Birmingham Airport at weekends. It picks up on weekdays at St Margaret’s Coach Station at 07.00am, arriving in the centre of Birmingham at 08.30. Additional pick up and drop off points are at Braunstone and Fosse Park.
It also serves both Aston and Birmingham city universities – ideal for commuting students. The return service leaves Birmingham at 18.15 and arrives back in Leicester at 19.45. A later National Express return, departing Birmingham at 19.00 is also available.
The increased provision of affordable city transport links has been welcomed by Councillor Clarke.
"National Express have given Leicester a vote of confidence by introducing this new service,” he said.
"Coaches in and out of the city help to take cars off our under pressure highway network, so I welcome the introduction of this exciting addition to their timetable."
Station Manager Jane Morgan is gearing up to meet new passengers over the coming weeks. She added: “We can’t wait to welcome new passengers on board”.
Return day tickets start at £11.10 while a weekly pass costs £43.50 – less than half the price currently being quoted by some rail operators for the same trip. Other fare options are also available.