National Express keeping Britain moving this Christmas
- More stops, seats and services over Christmas than ever before
- National Express the only public transport network on Christmas and Boxing Day
- Record number of locations served by coach on Christmas Day
National Express is pulling out all the stops to keep the nation moving this Christmas while train lines all over the country are shutdown.
The UK’s largest coach operator is running more services than ever before over the Christmas period (18th December – 2nd January), running to arecord number of locations on Christmas Day and it is adding thousands of extra seats - in a bid to keep the country moving this Christmas.
Demand for coach travel in the run up to Christmas (22nd, 23rd and 24th December) is up by more than 10%* this year as people book to visit friends and family while on Christmas Day National Express is seeing bookings rise by a nearly 25%* - underlining the increasing popularity of coach.
Rail passengers meanwhile are facing significant disruption this Christmas; there are no trains running on Christmas Day or Boxing Day making National Express the only public transport network option on these days.
In addition, a number of rail engineering projects mean that five of the seven mainline routes will be closed during the Christmas period prompting some train operators to advise passengers not to travel over Christmas.
National Express however is running a full complement of services over the festive period including: Christmas Eve, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, so that people can travel around the country to see their friends and family.
On Christmas Day National Express will be running services to 81 locations - 10 more than last year – with tens of thousands of seats available, making it its most comprehensive Christmas timetable ever.
The busiest day for coach travel over the Christmas period is 27th December when National Express is expecting to carry nearly 80,000 passengerson its services.
Those looking to get to the airport by train this Christmas face problems too. The Gatwick Express will not run on Boxing Day and will have a reduced service from December 27th – 29th. The Heathrow Express will also be shut from December 23rd to the 29th.
Helpfully National Express will be running high-frequency coaches to Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and Manchester airports on Christmas Day and over the Christmas period.
National Express Coach Managing Director Chris Hardy said: “While widespread disruption to the rail network is unlikely to bring any festive cheer we are unwrapping our biggest ever Christmas with more stops, seats and services on Christmas Day than ever before. In addition we will be running a full timetable of services with extra capacity during the Christmas holiday fortnight to keep Britain moving.
“In addition our passengers benefit from a generous luggage allowance, films, TV and magazines through our complimentary onboard entertainment VUER app, as well as power sockets to make getting home for Christmas a really enjoyable experience.”
Christmas rail disruption:
- London Paddington station will be shut from the evening of December 23rd to December 28thwith Great Western Railway advising passengers to travel by 23 December at the latest.
- Southeastern services will not be running fromLondon Bridge, Charing Cross, Waterloo East or Cannon Street from December 23rd to January 1st.
- The Thameslink cross-London southbound route will be shut from December 23rd to January 1st.
- South Western Railways will be shutting lines between Southampton Central and Eastleigh from December 24th to January 1st, and from Southampton toFareham on December 20th and 31
- West Coast Coast Main Line services will be disrupted with no trains between Preston andLancaster from December 24th to the 27th.
Christmas coach headlines:
CHRISTMAS DAY National Express is serving 81 locations including 10 new stops, clocking up around 33,000 miles, with tens of thousands of seats available, while bookings on the day are up by a quarter year-on-year.
NEW stops served on Christmas Day this year are: Bridgwater, Margate, Ramsgate, Broadstairs, Lewisham, Worthing, Hull, Doncaster, BirminghamAirport, Golders Green.
EXTRA National Express will be adding tens of thousands of extra seats over the Christmas period and running a full compliment of services including onChristmas Eve, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
For more information or to book visit www.nationalexpress.com