National Express unveils next generation coach
National Express Managing Director UK and Germany Tom Stables and National Express Chairman Sir John Armitt at the NEC show
National Express is pulling the wraps off its all-new coach – set to take comfort, safety and technology levels to new heights when it hits the road.
The UK’s largest coach operator is unveiling the new Caetano Levante III at Coach and Bus Live 2017 at the NEC, giving the public a first look at the future of National Express coach travel.
Developed in partnership with coach and bus manufacturing giant Caetano, the new vehicle represents a step forward in terms of design: its sleek exterior has been refined to reflect the modern service that National Express provides whilst retaining the distinctive family DNA.
Meanwhile the new vehicle really lives up to National Express’s commitment to safety. It is the most technologically advanced service vehicle to date, coming equipped with: Lytx DriveCam, Alcolock, Traffilog, a Driver Support System and 10 camera CCTV, providing high levels of security for passengers and other road users alike.
Passengers won’t have to worry about how to occupy themselves on the road either - the coach is equipped with free WiFi, USB power sockets and National Express’s award winning onboard entertainment system ‘VUER’ as standard, giving access to thousands of hours of free films, TV and magazine content for all ages.
And with a specification bespoke to National Express the Levante III has been designed to make life even more comfortable for passengers. It features new seats, heated floors, enhanced LED lighting, easier access to the cabin, and enhanced on board luggage space.
To keep passengers informed about their journeys, National Express is also developing a passenger information system for the new vehicle. Available from 2018 it provides key information on on board screens such as the time remaining to destination, if there are roadworks ahead and the coach’s location.
The new vehicle goes into service this November and will be gradually rolled out across the fleet according to National Express’s replacement pattern.
National Express Coach Managing Director Chris Hardy said: “We are delighted to be revealing our all new Levante III coach. In partnership with Caetano, we have developed our most technologically advanced coach ever – giving our passengers a truly modern experience which they have rightly come to expect. We can’t wait to see it carrying customers on the road.”
Caetano UK CEO Richard Hunter said: “We are proud to present the latest Levante. Designed specifically for National Express it puts them one step ahead of the game with fantastic technology such as WiFi and VUER. It also meets new safety regulations in advance of the legislation coming into force and its new underfloor heating system is an industry first.
"This has been and continues to be, an exciting and rewarding relationship for Caetano and together we are driving the Levante on.”
Other Levante III features:
- Driver benefits: the new coach represents a step forward in terms of driver convenience and comfort. The cab windows and mirrors have been redesigned to improve visibility to aid manoeuvring, there is easier access to the WiFi and CCTV box, the crew member enjoys a larger seat and the air conditioning controls have been moved to the dashboard.
- Accessibility:all Levante III’s feature National Express’s industry leading Hidrel wheelchair lift as standard while the wheelchair space is large enough to accommodate most electric wheelchairs. Meanwhile there are more handrails into the coach and vehicles feature floor level lighting for ease of boarding, all of which support National Express’s objective for the network to be fully wheelchair accessible