Our UK bus business has its foundations in what was the publicly owned West Midlands Travel.
Travel West Midlands is established on 26 October following the 1985 Transport Act and the deregulation of bus services.
West Midlands Travel was sold to its employees in a 100% Employee Share Ownership Plan.
Travel West Midlands merges with National Express Group, forming the Group's core bus operation.
Travel West Midlands reach agreement with Tayside Public Transport's Chief Executive, Jack Henry to purchase the Dundee bus operation. The business is soon rebranded as Travel Dundee with the same livery as the West Midlands.
The £145 million Midland Metro light-rail system is officially opened. Travel West Midlands is awarded the contract to operate Line 1. Travel Midland Metro is specifically formed to operate the new system.
Travel Coventry brand is unveiled by Travel West Midlands.
National Express Group acquire the London bus operations of French transport group, Connex. The business is re-branded as Travel London.
Travel London expands with the acquisition of TGM Buses. Three depots are added to the business; Byfleet, Hayes and Twickenham.
Travel London's operations at Byfleet depot are rebranded to 'Travel Surrey'.
National Express Group's UK subsidiaries are integrated into one company. Travel West Midlands rebrands as National Express West Midlands.
Travel London operations are sold. The UK Bus business focuses on its West Midlands and Dundee operations.
First Hybrid buses are introduced into Birmingham
Routes to Work initiative launches offering 1,700 jobs over 3 years.
National Express Dundee rebrands as Xplore Dundee
National Express West Midlands becomes the first private transport group to pay the higher voluntary Living Wage in the West Midlands