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Gilbertstone Primary gets a double-decker library
Gilbertstone Primary School in Yardley, Birmingham, now has its very own big red bus, thanks to dozens of enthusiastic volunteers at National Express West Midlands.
National Express awards another busload of donations
The National Express Employee Charity Panel has this month awarded over £3,000 to 13 different UK groups and charities including the Army Benevolent Fund, Southend Hospital Charity and the Alzheimer’s Society.
Cardiff schoolgirl makes her mark
A Cardiff schoolgirl has pulled off a masterstroke by winning a national landmark drawing competition and has had her design splashed across the side of a National Express coach.
True high-flier Maureen takes to the road for National Express
A Lancashire lady who paved the way for women to excel in the transport industry is taking to the road for a new role with coach company National Express.
Balsall Heath CATS get a special ticket to ride with National Express
National Express West Midlands’ Bordesley head office and garage has launched a special community partnership with local community group Balsall Heath CATS by taking the group on a special bus trip.
90th birthday Ale Trail for number 11
Europe’s longest urban bus route, Birmingham’s famous number 11, is celebrating its 90th birthday with an anniversary Ale Trail and a locally brewed commemorative beer.
Coventry schoolboy makes his mark
A Coventry schoolboy has pulled off a masterstroke by winning a national landmark drawing competition to see his design splashed on the side of a National Express coach.
Local staff and volunteers transform railway wasteland into flourishing nature trail
A railway wasteland has been turned into a thriving nature trail rich with fruit trees and wildlife, including the threatened bumblebee, thanks to the hard work of c2c staff and local community volunteers.
Liverpool schoolboy’s landmark achievement
A schoolboy from Liverpool has pulled off a masterstroke by winning a national landmark drawing competition hosted by one of the biggest names in transport.
Plymouth schoolgirl’s landmark achievement
A Plymouth schoolgirl has pulled off a masterstroke by winning a national landmark drawing competition hosted by one of the biggest names in transport.
Retired railway man fulfills train ride ambition
A local retired railway man celebrated his 94th birthday and fulfilled a lifetime ambition last Friday (2 September) with a special train cab ride to London Fenchurch Street.
Black Country goes Platinum
National Express West Midlands has invested £8 million in the Black Country, bringing 46 top-of-the-range Platinum buses to the region.
National Express Wolverhampton driver wins UK Bus Driver of the Year
Craig Lockyer beat 113 other bus drivers from all over the UK to become the nation’s 2016 Bus Driver of the Year.
Norwich schoolgirl’s landmark achievement
A Norwich schoolgirl has pulled off a masterstroke by winning a national landmark drawing competition hosted by one of the biggest names in transport.
Jam tomorrow - traffic up 20% as the West Midlands goes back to school
It may not be just children and young people who are dreading the first week of September.
Strike update – National Express vow to add extra seats as needed
Following the announcement of further planned strike action by Southern Rail staff National Express today vows it will continue to add extra seats to cater to people in Brighton as necessary.
New c2c green programme will power trains for a week
National Express train operator c2c has launched an energy-saving programme at its stations which will save enough electricity to power the entire c2c train fleet for a whole week.
One ticket, many buses!
Commuters in Dundee will soon be able to travel across the city and its surrounding area using three different bus companies but just one ticket.
Xplore Dundee celebrates Road Bridge anniversary
Xplore Dundee is helping to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Tay Road Bridge this weekend (Sunday 21st August).
Mystery wedding album search
Coach company National Express is appealing to reunite a wedding album with its rightful owner – ahead of what would be the 51st anniversary of the date they got married.
National Express is buying cleaner, greener buses
The West Midlands will soon be enjoying better air quality because of cleaner buses.
Xplore Dundee introduces new services
Xplore Dundee is making some amendments to its bus timetables after reviewing its network of routes across Dundee.
How do you get a Pikachu on a train – Pokemon!
Go Pokemon crazy this Friday with National Express train operator c2c’s special ‘Go Rover’ offer.
Midland Metro tram depot is site of historic Pokemon battles
Midland Metro staff at Wednesbury depot puzzled by a sudden influx of silent teenagers glued to their phones have found the explanation - the tram stop is a Pokemon Gym! Ben Ackroyd, Midland Metro director, said: “We did wonder why people were turning up, staring intently at their phones for a bit, then going away.
c2c runs additional trains for cyclists to get to charity bike ride
National Express rail operator c2c has put on additional trains to help cyclists get to the start of the British Heart Foundation London to Southend Bike ride, which takes place this Sunday (17 July).
National Express Employee Charity Panel keeps on giving
The National Express Employee Charity Panel has donated £5,500 to nearly 30 different UK groups and charities during the first half of 2016.
New Southend discount scheme launched to attract more tourists by train
National Express train operator c2c and more than 30 local businesses in the Southend Tourism Partnership have teamed up to offer special discounts to tourists who visit Southend by train.
New personal punctuality reports for c2c passengers
c2c passengers are the first in the country to be able to track exactly how punctual their personal commute has been, thanks to a new feature on the c2c Live app.
First pictures of new c2c carriages in production
National Express train operator c2c has released the first pictures of its new carriages in production.
National Express brings contactless to West Midlands buses and trams
National Express West Midlands is fitting every one of its 1500 buses with state-of-the-art contactless technology.
Walsall man crowned National Express West Midlands Bus Driver of the Year
A Walsall man has been crowned National Express West Midlands’ Bus Driver of the Year.
Birmingham artist launches landmark art competition
A Birmingham artist is launching a children’s art competition giving kids the chance to see their favourite landmark on the side of a coach.
Xplore Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail by bus
Xplore Dundee is encouraging people to hop on the bus to visit statues sited across the city for Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail.
Information day for bus passengers
Xplore Dundee is holding a Bus Surgery to allow local people to find out more about their city’s services.
Summer roadworks to divert bus services
Xplore Dundee will keep customers moving when a series of extensive roadworks begins across the city in July.
Does this bear belong to you?
National Express is searching for the owner of a lost teddy bear who was found abandoned on a coach at Cardiff Coach Station.
Proud to show our true colours
Birmingham-based National Express is showing its true colours by celebrating the cornerstone event of the LGBT calendar with a colourful re-brand.
National Express West Midlands commemorates staff who died at the Somme
National Express West Midlands is marking the centenary of the Battle of the Somme (1 July 2016), in which 49 West Midlands transport workers died, by reprinting a book that tells their story.
Free c2c travel to mark Armed Forces Day
All service personnel and veterans can travel free with National Express train operator c2c this Saturday to mark Armed Forces Day.
Welsh artist puts the wheels in motion for kids drawing competition
A Welsh artist is today launching a national children’s art competition giving kids the chance to see their designs splashed across the side of a National Express coach.
Bristol artist puts the wheels in motion for kids drawing competition
A Bristol artist has launched a national children’s art competition giving kids the chance to see their designs splashed across the side of a National Express coach.
Part-time commuters buy over 5,000 c2c journeys in just two weeks
c2c’s new Flexi-Season ticket for part-time commuters has proved hugely popular since launch, with passengers buying more than 5,000 journeys in the first two weeks alone.
Operation Goliath a giant success in targeting bus crime
A high-profile police operation targeting anti-social behaviour on the West Midlands bus network has seen a drop in crime.
National Express - fathers and sons
Some National Express West Midlands staff will need no reminding that it’s Father’s Day on Sunday (19 June) – because they work alongside their dads at the bus company every day! National Express West Midlands HR Director Madi Pilgrim says: “We are one of the largest employers in the West Midlands, with over five and a half thousand staff.
Dads travel free with c2c on Father's Day
Dads can travel free this Sunday as National Express train operator c2c celebrates Father’s Day.
Last chance to book Glasto travel
National Express is today (Tuesday 14 June 2016) giving Glastonbury-goers their final call to book a seat to the festival as services are selling out quickly.
Hull artist launches landmark drawing competition
A Hull artist is today launching a landmark children’s art competition giving kids the chance to see their designs splashed across the side of a National Express coach.
Norwich artist launches with National Express’ art competition
A Norwich artist is launching a children’s art competition giving kids the chance to see their designs splashed across the side of a National Express coach.
ALSA now working with Transaid to deliver professional driver training programme
National Express Group's Spanish road passenger transport company ALSA is taking part in a professional training scheme for bus drivers, organised by the charity Transaid in Malawi, south-east Africa.
National Express model driver makes model bus
National Express West Midlands bus driver Gary Woodward has lovingly created a 14-inch model of the number 17 bus he drives every day from Small Heath to central Birmingham.
Coach company celebrates Her Majesty’s special milestone
A local coach company is undergoing a special re-brand for the first time in its forty-eight year history – in honour of Her Majesty the Queen.
West Midlands congestion is "a disease"
Road congestion is “a disease” which has brought average traffic speeds to below 10mph in Britain’s busiest cities and reduced some bus routes to walking pace, a new report warns today.
Part-time commuters could save over £100 every year as c2c launches UK's first flexible season ticket
National Express train operator c2c has today launched the country’s first flexible season ticket, saving some part-time commuters in Essex over £100 a year.
National Express drives forward partnership with South and City College Birmingham
National Express is driving forward its partnership with a Digbeth-based college by donating a coach to enable students to broaden their horizons.
Brighton artist launches National Express’ art competition
A Brighton artist is launching a national children’s art competition giving kids the chance to see their designs splashed across the side of a National Express coach.
Local cricket team ‘nets’ generous donation from bus company
‘Owzat!’ Arbroath United Cricket Club has received a funding boost of £250 from the National Express Employee Charity Panel.
Seats bonanza on c2c this Bank Holiday weekend
National Express train operator c2c will be running thousands of seats every hour for a bumper weekend of rail travel.
Xplore Dundee supports Royal Arch rebuild
Xplore Dundee is encouraging people to hop on the bus to get to this weekend’s People’s Tower event in Dundee city centre.
National Express Master Drivers rule the road
National Express has teamed up with IAM RoadSmart (formerly the Institute of Advanced Motorists) to train and certify its world-class bus drivers.
National Express set for bumper Bank Holiday
National Express is adding thousands of extra coach seats to cope with demand over the coming Bank Holiday weekend (Friday 27 May - Monday 30 May).
Early arrival for baby born at National Express operator’s c2c rail station
A baby girl made a surprise entrance into the world last week when she was unexpectedly born at c2c’s Purfleet station.
National Express - driving up employment
National Express West Midlands launched phase two of their hugely successful Routes to Work programme on Thursday 19 May in Acocks Green in south Birmingham.
Newlyweds reunited with driver who took them on the journey of their lives
A newlywed couple who fell in love and married after meeting on a National Express coach have been reunited with the driver who took them on the journey of their lives – a year after they first met.
c2c employees triumph at global awards
Four exceptional c2c staff have been officially recognised at the global National Express Values Awards, which were held recently at London’s Bloomsbury Ballroom.
Tom awarded for going the extra mile
A Coventry-based National Express coach employee has put his career into top gear after fending off competition from across the globe to win a prestigious company award.
1,200 local young people set to benefit from National Express Foundation grants
Over 1,200 local young people are expected to benefit from £30,000 in grants awarded by the National Express Foundation, the charity arm of local train operator c2c’s parent company.
National Express Foundation to bridge skills gap in local clock-making industry
The National Express Foundation, a charity set up in 2012 to help disadvantaged young people, has announced that it is to provide an annual three-year £10,000 bursary to support over 150 Birmingham City University students.
Young people in the Midlands to benefit from £135,000 of National Express Foundation funding
The National Express Foundation, a charity set up in 2012 to help disadvantaged young people, has announced which local community groups and universities will receive £135,000 of its funding.
Crime down on West Midlands buses
Travelling on public transport in the West Midlands is now safer than ever after new figures show crime has fallen by 70% per cent in the last eight years.
Thousands of coach seats added to cope with Bank Holiday bookings
National Express is adding thousands of extra coach seats to cope with demand over the coming Bank Holiday weekend as engineering work is set to cause disruption for some train travellers.
National Express bus drivers take tea at Number 10
Two National Express bus drivers have been to Downing Street to have tea with the Prime Minister.
Million Makers strike gold with prestigious award
Five Birmingham-based National Express staff struck gold as they scooped a prestigious award for raising thousands of pounds to help young people.
c2c's Julie meets the Prime Minister
c2c Station Manager Julie Davis was invited to a once-in-a-lifetime event on Monday: tea with the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street.
London Marathon runners travel free on c2c
National Express rail operator c2c is offering free travel for runners and is putting on extra trains for this Sunday’s London Marathon (24 April).
Outer Circle Improvements
There are some improvements coming for regular users of Xplore Dundee's Outer Circle and the 15/17 Whitfield service.
Midland Metro tram drivers represent UK at European TramDriver Championships
Two Black Country tram drivers have been chosen to represent the UK in an international competition.
Last chance for Daysaver Discounts
Bus passengers in Dundee can enjoy discounted Daysavers until the end of this month.
Brand new trains to arrive three years early providing thousands of extra seats for c2c passengers
Commuters using c2c are to benefit from 13,000 extra seats at peak times every week, thanks to a new deal that will deliver 24 brand-new additional carriages in 2016 – three years earlier than previously planned.
New National Express straight-to-the terminal Stansted services - Thousands of extra seats daily
National Express is making it easier than ever to travel to Stansted Airport with brand new routes adding almost 5,000 extra seats a day – an annual equivalent to more than ten times the population of Brighton.
c2c and local passengers raise over £650 for The Samaritans
National Express train operator c2c and generous passengers have combined to donate over £650 to the local Basildon and Thurrock branch of The Samaritans.
Birmingham bus driver goes the extra mile for homeless people
A Birmingham bus driver has been nominated for an international award for going the extra mile for homeless people.
First birthday celebrations for bus driver cycle awareness training
National Express West Midlands and Centro have celebrated a successful year of delivering ‘2WheelsAware’ courses for trainee bus drivers.
Smartcard users up 10% as c2c passengers rush for automatic compensation
Over 1,500 more c2c passengers have registered for a smartcard in just one month after c2c launched its groundbreaking new automatic compensation scheme.
National Express leads the way on Living Wage
While the Government’s new National Living Wage becomes law this week, hundreds of National Express West Midlands employees have enjoyed a higher rate of pay since the beginning of the year.
National Eggs-press West Midlands Easter travel
Trams and National Express buses in the West Midlands will be running every day over Easter.
All Aboard the Easter Egg-spress!
Xplore Dundee is operating a free shuttle bus to the Fun Day at Camperdown Park this Easter Sunday (27 March 2016).
Scotland’s bus operators to deliver smart ticketing for millions of passengers
Three quarters of Scottish population to benefit by 2017 Smart ticketing also to extend to rail, ferries and subway Bus operators across Scotland have outlined their commitment to deliver multi-operator smart ticketing for millions of Scottish bus customers, paving the way for seamless travel between bus, rail, ferry and subway.
c2c confirms passenger services for Easter weekend
National Express train operator c2c has confirmed full details of its train service for passengers over the Easter weekend, including over 50 extra trains to help football fans on Bank Holiday Monday.
National Express bus passengers happy with their journeys
A national survey has shown that 85% of National Express West Midlands bus passengers are happy with their journeys.
New CCTV centre boosts security for c2c passengers
National Express train operator c2c has opened a new dedicated CCTV centre, which provides enhanced real-time coverage from every c2c station.
Higher tram penalty fares coming down the track
Penalty fares of £70 for passengers travelling without a valid ticket could soon be in place on the Midland Metro.
Platinum buses worth their weight in gold
National Express is expanding its fleet of high-tech environmentally friendly buses following their successful introduction to the West Midlands.
National Express Group celebrates company apprentices
National Express Group is celebrating the company’s apprentices during National Apprenticeship Week (Monday, March 14 - Friday, March 18).
Birmingham most popular Easter destination - from Cadbury to crustaceans – how you can make the most of Easter
Birmingham is the top location outside of London for Easter travel reveals coach operator National Express.
Thousands of seats added as some train travellers face disruption and delay
National Express is adding thousands of extra coach seats to cope with demand over Easter (Friday 25 March to Monday 28 March) reveals the UK’s largest coach operator, as engineering work is set to cause disruption for thousands of train travellers across the country.
National Express reveals the mother of all maps
In celebration of Mothering Sunday (Sunday, March 6) National Express is putting mums on the map – literally.
National Express operator Edwards take package holidays up a gear
Edwards Coaches has taken its relationship with one of the biggest names in transport up a gear after joining forces with the UK’s largest coach operator to sell its package holidays.
Mums travel free with c2c on Mother's Day
Mums can travel free this Sunday as National Express train operator c2c celebrates Mother's Day.
Midland Metro gets ISO 9001 accreditation
National Express’ Midland Metro has achieved the ISO 9001 accreditation.
Fruity Friday sweetens the launch of new services
A Kent coach company is aiming to keep its customers sweet as it celebrates the launch of new services by handing out free fruit.
National Express welcomes Birmingham pollution trial
National Express, which operates most of the buses in the West Midlands, has welcomed the new government trials to improve air quality in Birmingham.
Higher Living Wage rate for Midland Metro employees
Midland Metro employees are enjoying the benefits since National Express became the first private transport group to pay the higher, voluntary Living Wage in the West Midlands.
The road to Wembley's extra special for Eddie
National Express is today vowing to put on more coaches for Liverpool fans travelling to the Capital One Cup Final after overwhelming demand saw its coaches booked out within days.
c2c tops punctuality league table
National Express train operator c2c recorded the most punctual train service in the country last month, according to new figures released by Network Rail.
National Express’ Liverpool ONE move launched
National Express’ relocation to Liverpool ONE Bus station was today (Monday 15 February) officially launched by the Chair of Merseytravel.
New off-peak ticket saves the day
Hundreds of National Express West Midlands customers have come forward to talk about how the bus company’s new off-peak daysaver ticket has helped save their day.
‘Happy 18th Angel’ - Angel of the North voted UK’s best-loved roadside landmark
The Angel of the North is turning 18 and in double celebration the A1 icon has been voted the UK’s best-loved roadside landmark in a survey by National Express.
Bus company reveals top attractions in the West Midlands
A survey of staff and passengers at National Express West Midlands has uncovered the most popular attractions in the West Midlands.
Health Bus wins national Wellness award
National Express has won another national award for creating a bus that makes its employees healthier - and even saves their lives.
Top Ten Half Term Destinations
National Express is stepping up a gear this half-term as it announces its top ten most popular city destinations to reach by coach.
National Express honours Birmingham pub bombing hero driver
National Express has honoured a retired driver on his 84th birthday for his bravery on the night of the Birmingham pub bombings back in 1974.
Once, twice, three times amazing - third time’s a charm for National Express in customer satisfaction survey
An independent new survey has for the third time shown National Express customers are more satisfied than those of competitors – while also revealing the coach operator continues to drive forward satisfaction.
National Express makes romantic gesture
National Express is ready to whisk thousands of people away on a day trip this Valentine’s Day.
Passengers make a smart saving as Swift Pay As You Go is launched on Midland Metro
Commuters using the Midland Metro can now travel the smart way with Swift Pay As You Go.
National Express Employee Charity Panel provides over £14,000 of support
In 2015 the National Express Employee Charity Panel donated £14,260 to over 50 different charities and community groups supported by employees from the company’s UK bus, coach and rail divisions.
Liverpool staff say fond farewell to coach station
National Express staff bid a final fond farewell to Liverpool Coach Station after the last coach departures rolled off the forecourt after 21 years of service.
National Express recognised as a gold-standard employer at Number 10
National Express has been recognised by the Prime Minister for the outstanding support it gives the UK’s Armed Forces, veterans and their families.
Dundee communities praised for record breaking generosity
Wellgate shoppers and Xplore Dundee bus passengers have been thanked for their part in the record breaking success of a Christmas kids’ fundraising campaign.
Global graduates attend inaugural National Express Network event
35 graduates from across National Express Group's international businesses recently came together at Warwick Business School for an inaugural meeting of its global 'National Express Network’.
c2c announces package of changes to improve peak journeys
National Express train operator c2c has announced a package of changes to improve the peak-time journey for most c2c customers.
Funding secured to upgrade 150 buses with clean air technology
The engines in 150 West Midland buses are to be fitted with clean air technology after the region won nearly £500,000 of funding.
Xplore Dundee pays Living Wage
Xplore Dundee has become one of Dundee’s largest Living Wage employers.
Gurkhas spearheading National Express’ New Year drive to recruit ex-forces personnel
Six veteran Gurkha soldiers who swapped combat for coach driving are leading a charge to recruit ex-servicemen and women to work for National Express.
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