Go Get It! The road more travelled
National Express coach driver Mike Davies
They say some people go the extra mile but one man is taking the old adage to incredible new lengths after being dubbed Britain’s most-travelled coach driver.
National Express coach driver Mike Davies proves he really has what it takes to go the distance after clocking up an amazing three million miles on the road.
Mike Davies, 66, who drives the coach company’s longest route from Edinburgh to Plymouth, has hit the amazing milestone following a career spanning more than forty years.
Mike’s story is being revealed as part of National Express’ Go Get It! Spring travel campaign, which shows people the breadth of destinations and experiences open when travelling by coach, from city breaks to beach trips and music festivals.
It also shows the benefits of choosing coach compared to other modes of transport, such as a guaranteed seat and on board plug sockets. Additionally, it heralds the launch of a brand new blog: blog.nationalexpress.com which is packed with hints and tips for affordable activities for travellers.
Granddad-of-five Mike who started his career in the transport industry way back in 1970, originally as a bus conductor, has driven National Express’ longest direct route, the 580 mile 532 service from Edinburgh to Plymouth, for the past six years.
Previously Mike, who is from Kirkcaldy, Fife, and lives with wife Jan, drove the Inverness to London service - a route he ran for 19 years. His amazing career on the road has seen him clock up mileage equivalent to 120 times round the world.
The 532 service runs daily, starting in the heart of historic Edinburgh at 09:15 and ends in seafaring Plymouth at 23:35 – a whopping 14 hour 20 minute journey which stops at Glasgow, Hamilton, Carlisle, Tebay, Wolverhampton, Birmingham, Bristol, Taunton and Exeter along the way. Mike doesn’t do all the driving though – he is accompanied by a ‘buddy’ driver who splits the time at the wheel, ensuring both drivers adhere to National Express’ rigorous safety standards as well as – of course - legal driving hours.
The drivers are often accompanied by regular customers with many choosing to travel the entirety of route every year and thousands more opting for a more bite-sized portion of service.
Mike said: “They say life is a journey and it’s safe to say I’ve been round the block a few times – quite literally - I know the roads like the back of my hand. I love my job – especially the camaraderie with the customers and helping people get to where they want to go. I’ve seen it all over the years and coaches have really changed – scratchy velvet seats went out years ago – it’s all leather now, and technology has been a real game changer, for example, we’re connected to a 24/7 support team via hands-free if we need anything. You simply can’t beat the freedom of the road and I look forward to getting a few more miles under my belt yet!”
Tom Stables, Managing Director National Express UK Coach said: “National Express offer an unrivalled network of affordable services and we think Mike is in the running for Britain’s most-travelled coach driver and a perfect ambassador for Go Get It! which highlights that near or far, we will get you where you want to go”.
National Express customers don’t always have to go far to have fun. The coach operator has a network of services ranging from short hops of less than ten miles to the mammoth Edinburgh to Plymouth route.
National Express offers year-round value with fares from £5. For more information or to book visit www.nationalexpress.com or call 0871 781 8181.