National Express gearing up for a record Easter
National Express is poised for a record-breaking Easter and today (Wednesday, March 25) vows it will add more coaches and extra seats as necessary to support those whose travel plans are derailed by engineering works on significant parts of the rail network.
With some rail operators advising people to travel on alternative dates, multiple changes and delays of up to four hours for passengers travelling on First Great Western and West Coast Main Line routes this Easter (Friday, 3 April 2015 - Monday, 6 April 2015), National Express has already drafted in hundreds of extra coaches and added thousands of extra seats to its network.
Twenty two thousand extra coach seats have been added to help cope with skyrocketing demand over the Easter weekend, and National Express promises ready to add more seats as necessary.
The planned engineering works over the Easter weekend on the West Coast Main Line and First Great Western lines are going to cause major disruption to train services, including those to and from the capital, with Network Rail advising people to check before they travel and some train operators asking people to travel on alternative dates if possible. Works 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, with Easter Friday the most popular day to travel. Coach bookings are already up by 44 per cent year-on-year on routes affected by the rail engineering works during the Easter weekend, and up by as much as 180 per cent in certain cases, as people dash to find alternative forms of public transport.
Top ten destinations by coach this Easter:
- Heathrow Airport
- Stansted Airport
- Luton Airport
National Express UK Coach Managing Director Tom Stables said: "In the face of widespread rail disruption National Express is absolutely committed to keeping Britain moving and getting people where they want to go this Easter. We offer an unrivalled network of coach services, enabling people to travel directly to destinations across the UK throughout the Easter period in the comfort of a guaranteed seat. We've already committed to 22,000 extra seats and are mobilised to add more as needed."
National Express offers year-round value with fares starting at £5. For more information or to book visit www.nationalexpress.com or call 0871 781 81 81.
Sister company Eurolines offers great value coaches to the continent, including services to Paris, Amsterdam and Brussels. Easter fares start at £29 including booking fee.