Coach boom during Easter engineering works
National Express has added more than 17,000 extra seats to cope with skyrocketing demand for coach during planned rail engineering works this Easter (Friday 3 April 2015 - Monday 6 April 2015).
Extra capacity comes as the UK’s largest coach operator today (Monday, 16 March 2015) reveals its bookings have soared by 87 per cent year-on-year on all routes and by 350 per cent year-on-year on certain routes affected by the engineering works during the Easter weekend, as people dash to find alternative forms of public transport.
Planned engineering works over the Easter weekend the West Coast Main Line, First Great Western and Greater Anglia Lines are going to cause major disruption to train services, including those to and from the capital.
This will mean much longer journey times, multiple changes and replacement buses for rail passengers travelling on these routes with delays of up to four hours.
Meanwhile National Express has already taken thousands of coach bookings to and from locations impacted by major rail disruption this Easter.
Of the locations on the West Coast Main Line, coach services between Coventry and London have had seen the biggest year-on-year percentage increase in bookings: 350 per cent, followed by Liverpool to London:150 per cent, and Manchester to London: 140 per cent.
Meanwhile of locations on the First Great Western Line, services between Bath and Bristol to London have seen the biggest year-on-year increases in bookings with 57 and 52 per cent increases respectively.
As a result National Express has added more than 180 extra coaches and 17,000 extra seats to the network to cope with increased demand over the Easter weekend, and it stands ready to add more seats as necessary.
The coach giant can also reveal the top ten most popular overall destinations to reach this Easter.
Perhaps unsurprisingly London is the most popular destination, closely followed by Heathrow and Stansted Airports, as passengers look to jet off. Easter Friday, meanwhile, is the most popular day to travel.
National Express UK Coach Managing Director Tom Stables said: “With disruption forecast on three of the major rail routes at Easter it’s no wonder that our coaches are filling up fast. We are committed to adding as many seats as necessary over the long weekend so people can benefit our comfortable, direct and affordable services reaching almost 1,000 destinations.”
The top ten most popular destinations by advance booking this Easter are:
- Luton Airport
National Express is selling fares from £5 this spring so for more information or to book visit www.nationalexpress.com or call 0871 781 8181.