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In the rear-view mirror - a decade on the buses
It's the end of a decadeIn another ten years’ timeWho can say what we'll findWhat lies waiting down the line?“Happy New Year” - ABBA National Express has been looking back at the end of a successful decade of running buses across the West Midlands.
National Express West Midlands announces changes to bus services from 26th January
National Express West Midlands has announced changes to its bus network in West Dudley, Wolverhampton and Staffordshire.
National Express picks up slack for Christmas travellers in the South East
Month-long RMT strikes on South Western Railways have resulted in more travellers choosing coach Portsmouth, Bournemouth and Southampton are in the top five most popular destinations for travel National Express has increased capacity on its services over the festive period adding an additional 30,000 seats to meet demand National Express is saving the day for thousands of travellers in the South East as they need to get around this Christmas.
National Express saves Christmas once again amid rail chaos
National Express is the only national public transport network operating on Christmas Day The busiest days for travel over the festive period are Friday 20th December, Monday 23rd December and Friday 27th December with over 90k passengers on these days alone RMT strikes and a whopping 386 rail engineering projects have led travellers to turn to coach National Express is stepping in to save Christmas for thousands of Brits who are preparing to spend the festive period with their loved ones.
This is the heart-warming moment one little girl had her Christmas wish come true thanks to National Express
Aspiring performer, Annabella from Chesterfield, was selected as the winner of a nationwide competition by the UK’s largest coach operator to have her dream Christmas moment made into a reality.
National Express West Midlands offers a special Yuletide ride
National Express West Midlands is running a Christmas bus to spread some Yuletide cheer and help raise festive funds for charity.
2019 - Year Of The Bus Driver
National Express West Midlands has had to build an extension to the trophy cabinet after winning three hefty awards for its industry-leading Master Driver scheme.
It's Frozen 3 for National Express bus fares
National Express West Midlands is freezing most bus fares from 2 January 2020 - and shattering them for young people.
It's Frozen 3 for National Express Coventry bus fares
National Express Coventry is freezing most bus fares from 2 January 2020 - and shattering them for young people.
Revealed: The UK’s Favourite Christmas Film
A countrywide poll of UK coach passengers by National Express has revealed ‘Love Actually’ as the nation’s favourite Christmas film.
National Express Coventry counts down to Christmas
With the countdown to Christmas well and truly under way, National Express Coventry is keeping customers moving this festive season.
National Express West Midlands counts down to Christmas
With the countdown to Christmas well and truly under way, National Express West Midlands is keeping customers moving this festive season.
Freefalling fundraiser raises £1,600 for Breast Cancer Haven
A National Express West Midlands bus driver who completed a freefall skydive has raised £1,600 for the local Breast Cancer Haven centre in Solihull.
Special anniversary surprise for Whaley Bridge couple
A loved-up couple who met on a National Express coach 30 years ago celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with a trip down memory lane.
Teenagers ordered to pay compensation for bus fire
Three teenage boys who set fire to a bus in May have been ordered to pay £3,000 compensation and given Youth Rehabilitation Orders.
Black or Red? Bus bargains for everyone this weekend!
Dundee’s main bus operator’s making it easier to access the Black Friday bargains - by providing one of its own.
National Express West Midlands spooks up £400 for CLIC Sargent charity
National Express West Midlands ran a Brum Zombie Bus in service for Halloween - spooking up £400 in donations to support CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people.
Rail strikes spark surge in demand for coach travel
The UK’s largest coach operator is coming to the rescue of travellers left stranded by the upcoming 27 days of strike action by RMT members on South Western Railway services.
Xplore Dundee resolves to run X90 for New Year
There’s good news for travellers between Dundee and Edinburgh this festive season - the Airport Xpress will be up and running on New Years Day when many other transport options will be at a standstill.
National Express West Midlands drives up donations for Birmingham Children’s Hospital
National Express West Midlands has been driving up donations for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity - and last week celebrated a milestone by reaching £1,000.
Safety hat trick from National Express
The UK’s largest coach operator is marking this year’s Road Safety Week with a hat trick of safety-related successes.
Transport fan Alex gets his very own National Express West Midlands bus
National Express West Midlands has dedicated a Platinum bus to local bus enthusiast Alex Boughey.
Xplore Dundee celebrates Living Wage Week
Xplore Dundee has launched a very special Living Wage Bus to celebrate Living Wage Week.
National Express announce renewed partnership with Wembley Stadium
The UK’s largest coach operator has renewed its partnership as the ‘Official Coach Supplier to Wembley Stadium’ for a three year period, until 2023.
National Express celebrates Living Wage Week
The Living Wage Foundation announces new real Living Wage of £9.
Xplore Dundee’s 2020 vision
Nine more low emission buses are set to hit Dundee’s streets in the New Year.
Engineer Katie's star is officially rising
A 25-year-old Engineering Development Manager at National Express West Midlands has been crowned national Rising Star of 2019 by the bus and coach industry.
National Express gives Birmingham Poppy Day a lift
National Express has been supporting The Royal British Legion’s Birmingham Poppy Day (Tuesday 5 November 2019).
Proud poppy display on Dundee buses
Xplore Dundee is getting ready to welcome on board young people collecting for the annual Poppy Appeal.
National Express West Midlands bus service changes from 27 October 2019
From Sunday 27th October 2019 National Express West Midlands is making changes to some bus services to help improve reliability across Birmingham and the Black Country.
National Express - still cutting it on safety
National Express West Midlands has won the British Safety Council’s Sword of Honour for the fourth year in a row.
Divine Comedy super-fan dazzles travellers with surprise performance ahead of band’s Birmingham gig
A Divine Comedy super-fan partnered up with the UK’s largest coach operator to surprise travellers with performances of ‘National Express’ and other ‘90s hits at Birmingham Coach Station today to celebrate the band coming to the coach company’s home city.
National Express leads the way to making Birmingham the UK’s first Living Wage city
National Express is urging local employers to follow them and join the Living Wage movement to transform the city and boost the local economy.
National Express ❤ Black Country High Streets
National Express West Midlands is helping to save struggling Black Country high streets.
National Express drives UK's 24-hour society forward
The nation’s appetite for a 24-hour society is being reflected in the changing habits of UK travellers according to recent figures from the UK’s largest coach operator.
Safe Travel for Safe Taysiders
Xplore Dundee is delivering key safety messages to Dundee’s Primary 7 schoolchildren as part of the annual Safe Taysiders event.
We’ll be Des for Oktoberfest
How does someone enjoy Oktoberfest responsibly? He (or she) leaves the car at home and hops on their local bus! Xplore Dundee’s offering to be the Designated Driver for Oktoberfest, which takes place this year at Slessor Gardens on Thursday 26, Friday 27 and Saturday 28 September.
British Safety Council says National Express West Midlands is its world best
National Express West Midlands has been judged the safest public transport company of all those audited across the world by the British Safety Council.
National Express Coventry bus network changes event this Tuesday
National Express Coventry is hosting a bus network changes event for customers this coming Tuesday, 10th September.
A bloomin’ great bus service
Stemming from the success of previous years, Xplore Dundee is once again running special Service 53 to Camperdown Park for the annual Flower & Food Festival.
Brum Bus Bash in Billesley this weekend
The Birmingham Bus Bash takes place this Sunday (8th September) with Fuzz Townshend, presenter of TV show Car SOS, expected to be making an appearance.
National Express Welcomes TfL Victoria Coach Station Decision
The UK’s largest coach operator has welcomed an announcement from Transport for London (TfL) securing the future of Victoria Coach Station.
Dudley bus driver takes on the UK
A Netherton bus driver will be in Blackpool this Sunday representing the West Midlands in the national Bus Driver of the Year finals.
Dundee bus driver hopes for gold at the end of the rainbow
Xplore Dundee’s top driver is travelling to Blackpool to compete in this weekend’s Bus Driver of the Year competition.
Transport fan Alex enjoys a National Express West Midlands bus visit
Alex Boughey from Halesowen was treated to a very special visit to a National Express West Midlands garage - but not before a VIP ride on his very own bus.
Small businesses get huge apprenticeship boost as more big employers sign up to levy transfer
Nearly £500,000 has been added to the West Midlands Combined Authority’s (WMCA) unique Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Fund, thanks to new contributions from some of the region’s biggest employers.
Special Daysaver for DunDee 80s gig
Xplore Dundee’s offering a special discounted bus ticket for anyone attending the DunDee 80s concert at Slessor Gardens this weekend (Saturday 24th August).
National Express Coventry announces changes following public consultation
Following feedback from the public National Express Coventry has announced changes to its bus network in and around the city.
Aspiring artist’s work to be seen by millions on supersize mobile canvas
An up-and-coming artist from Hull has won a UK-wide design competition to see his artwork come to life across an iconic 14-metre-long National Express coach.
Future of West Midlands door-to-door transport service is secured
A new contract to secure the future of a door-to-door transport service for more than 12,300 registered users in the region has been welcomed by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).
National Express engineers get their grimy hands on top trophies
Bus technicians from National Express West Midlands have cleaned up at this year’s Society of Operations Engineers national awards.
National Express West Midlands’ Open Day goes down a storm
Local bus operator National Express West Midlands has opened its garage doors to the public - and it went down a storm.
National Express West Midlands wants passengers’ views on proposed changes to West Dudley routes
National Express West Midlands is looking at making some changes to bus services in West Dudley from October 2019.
Why, why, why Diversion….?
Xplore Dundee is reminding local people It’s Not Unusual for their services to be diverted in the city centre during concerts at Slessor Gardens.
West Midlands WASPIs get free travel
West Midlands women who lost out when their pension age was put back can now get free bus and tram travel.
Bennetts hits 100% with National Express
Gloucester based Bennetts Coaches has been recognised for its efforts in being the first company to achieve full marks in National Express’ monthly Operator Evaluation.
Airport Express off to a flying start
Dundee’s first express link with Edinburgh Airport has got off to a flying start, with more than 11 000 journeys sold on the coach service since its launch in June.
Not just an outstanding bus driver but an award-winning Outstanding Citizen
A National Express West Midlands bus driver has been honoured as an Outstanding Citizen by the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner.
Mason Xplores a bright future in buses
Xplore Dundee and the youth work charity Helm is celebrating a successful partnership, just months after joining forces.
Xplore bus saves the day
Xplore Dundee is stepping in to offer a bus service to West End residents affected by the cancellation of the 204.
Bus engineering is a work of art
Xplore Dundee’s skilled engineers are being celebrated in a new exhibition at Verdant Works by local artist and former employee of the bus operator Pam Kelly.
Sandwell's transport boss is backing this year's Catch the Bus Week campaign
Councillor Jackie Taylor, cabinet member for sustainable transport joined Lee Stockton, Operations Manager from National Express West Midlands’ West Bromwich depot, on one of their brand new Platinum buses when it pulled up at a bus stop outside Sandwell Council House, Oldbury.
National Express announce Driving Design finalists
The UK’s largest coach operator has announced the finalists of its UK-wide Driving Design competition now open to a public vote.
Holiday-hop on the bus to see Oor Rabbie this summer!
As the Big Bucket Trail gets well underway, Xplore Dundee’s urging local people to holiday-hop onto the bus to see the city’s latest Oor Wullie statues.
Xplore Dundee celebrates TWO mTicket milestones
Two lucky bus customers have won free travel, after buying Xplore Dundee’s ‘Golden mTickets’.
Bus spitters face jail as DNA kits rolled out to more drivers
More bus drivers are being equipped with specialist DNA packs to help police trace anyone who spits at them or other passengers.
National Express Coventry consults customers on proposed bus route changes
National Express Coventry is looking at making some changes to bus services in Coventry in September 2019.
City Circle now taking in Verdant Works
Xplore Dundee is extending the City Circle from this Sunday (23rd June).
Bus driver recognised for award for her actions during a robbery
A bus driver is up for a top policing award for her calm and courageous actions which led to the arrest of three men.
National Express celebrates national Clean Air Day
National Express West Midlands is celebrating national Clean Air Day by giving away a free bus Daysaver.
Today a nationwide campaign to reunite lost toys found across National Express’ UK-wide coach network was launched to celebrate the highly anticipated release of Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4.
National Express West Midlands team wins global safety award
A small but mighty team at National Express West Midlands has won a global award for transforming safety in Birmingham.
£7 million of brand-new green buses arrive at West Bromwich
National Express West Midlands has invested £7 million in 24 top-of-the-range Platinum buses for the company’s West Bromwich garage.
Not all heroes wear capes and drive batmobiles - some wear a hi-vis and drive buses!
A National Express West Midlands driver has won a top global accolade for her actions during a robbery which ultimately led to the arrest of three men.
National Express Comes Out Top
The UK’s largest coach operator has been recognised as number one for their commitment to excellence and continuous improvement with a win at the British Quality Foundation’s (BQF) annual awards.
National Express boosts #DontBeIdle campaign
National Express has joined forces with Westminster Council to ramp up its anti-idling campaign, #DontBeIdle, in a bid to make the capital a healthier city.
Beast from the East is no match for Brian
A Birmingham bus Serviceman at National Express has won a place at the company’s global Values Awards finals in recognition of his heroic efforts during last year’s “Beast from the East”.
Dundee to Edinburgh Airport coach service ready for take-off
Xplore Dundee is saying ‘chocks away’ to its brand new coach service between Dundee city centre and Edinburgh airport.
Black Country bus drivers take on the world
Two Black Country bus drivers at National Express West Midlands have won places at the company’s global Values Awards finals.
Xplore More with cut-price coach concert travel
Xplore Dundee’s aiming to become the key transport link between the city and Scotland’s top concert venues.
National Express West Midlands celebrates May Day with contactless ticketing breakthrough
Early in the morning of the May Day bank holiday 2019, National Express West Midlands successfully completed the rollout of its full upgraded Model 2 contactless ticket system.
National Express Coventry thanks drivers for incredible 200 years’ service
National Express Coventry has honoured four recently retired drivers who clocked up nearly 200 years of service driving the city’s buses by naming buses after them.
Contactless: the change you’ve been looking for
There’s great news for bus users in Dundee – the city’s main operator is now offering contactless payment on all of its services.
Celebrating Birmingham Pride 2019
The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) is celebrating the diversity of the region’s communities in the lead up to Birmingham Pride 2019.
Safer Travel Partnership for Dundee
Safer Travel on Dundee’s buses – that’s the aim of a new initiative launching today (Monday 29th April).
National Express offers artists a supersize canvas of dreams
Aspiring artists are being offered the chance of seeing their work come to life across the side of one of National Express' iconic 14-metre-long coaches.
National Express wins another award for its industry-leading Master Driver programme
National Express, the Birmingham-based bus and coach company, has won another award for its industry-leading driver training programme.
Easy Easter bus travel
Xplore Dundee is making it easy to get around this holiday weekend, with its Easter Egg-spress, city circle service and great value ticket options.
National Express is flying high at London Stansted Airport
National Express has been successful in retaining its contract to run airside and landside shuttle bus services for the transfer of passengers, staff and crew at London Stansted Airport.
Xplore Dundee’s Outdoors
Xplore Dundee is lending its support to a brand new bus map which helps people find their way to the city’s parks to get some exercise outdoors.
Beauty and the Beast - ballet and the buses
National Express West Midlands is pleased to announce a new strategic partnership with Birmingham Royal Ballet, having been newly appointed as the dance company’s 2019 Accessibility Partner.
Xplore Dundee assesses Whitfield bus services
Xplore Dundee is proposing some route changes in response to customer feedback to fine-tune the bus network in Whitfield following its recent network review.
National Express West Midlands signs up to new ticket scheme in Staffordshire
Local bus operators in Staffordshire including First Potteries, D&G, Arriva, Midland Classic, and National Express West Midlands with support from Staffordshire County Council have all signed up to a new multi-operator bus ticket scheme, giving people the flexibility to use any bus, any time, anywhere across the county of Staffordshire.
Wishing a local legend a very happy retirement - Dave drives his last bus
After 53 years of driving millions of customers right across the Black Country, local legend Dave Gerrard has finally driven his last bus journey.
National Express celebrate partner operators with awards night
National Express UK Coach celebrated the hard work of its partner operators at their annual awards ceremony in Coventry.
National Express to run some iGo services from 1st April 2019
From Monday 1st April 2019, National Express has taken over the operation of several bus services previously provided by iGo buses.
National Express West Midlands accelerate its fundraising and raise over 4K for children’s cancer charity
National Express West Midlands has revealed that its fundraising throughout 2018 raised £4,275 for CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people after a driver’s son used the services of the charity whilst fighting leukaemia.
Travellers will benefit from increased access to Stansted Airport
It's easier than ever before for holiday makers to get to Stansted Airport thanks to National Express.
West Midlands bucking the trend as bus usage begins to grow
Half-price travel for under-18s and low fare zones are driving growth in bus usage in West Midlands.
It’s a double whammy as National Express crown two Coach Drivers of the Year
Not one, but two coach drivers from Suffolk and Salsburgh have beaten the best in the business to be crowned the joint ‘Drivers of the Year’ after a thrilling racing event.
Not a model bus, but a bus model
A Wolverhampton mum-of-two has accidentally become the “face” of a six-figure advertising campaign.
Getting on and loving it
Kevin Beresford is getting on - and loving it.
Xplore excels in satisfaction survey
Dundee’s bus passengers are among the most satisfied travellers in Scotland, according to the latest survey by Transport Focus.
Students celebrate National Express Coventry going Platinum
National Express Coventry has recently invested in £5 million worth of brand new buses for the city.
Students get a helping hand from National Express West Midlands
Students at the Queen Alexandra College in Harborne are better able to travel independently on public transport, thanks to support offered by National Express West Midlands.
Xplore Dundee backs Living Wage City bid
Dundee’s main bus operator’s supporting an Action Plan aiming to make Dundee a Living Wage City.
East Anglian coach operator retains its gold status with National Express
East Anglia’s Galloway Coach Travel has won National Express’ top award for engineering standards for the second year running.
National Express boosts late night travel connections
Late night, weekend travel connections to and from the UK’s capital have received a welcome boost, thanks to National Express.
King now reigns at National Express Coventry
Matt King has taken over the reins as Operations Manager for National Express Coventry.
National Express Boosts Funds for Cancer Charity
A runner has received a £250 boost to his fundraising efforts for a local cancer charity thanks to National Express.
National Express celebrates nearly 100 years of Dimmock drivers
Starting in the 1920s, the Dimmock family has followed in each other’s footsteps by driving National Express buses - for nearly 100 years.
mTickets are the smart choice
Xplore Dundee is celebrating one year of its innovative mTicket app by giving one customer the chance to win a months’ worth of free bus travel.
Tap 'n' grow - 3 million people pay contactless on the bus
Public transport in the West Midlands is way ahead of New York! A quarter of all bus fares here are now paid for with contactless cards - less than a year after the system was introduced.
Coventry to get new fully electric buses for greener, cleaner journeys
10 fully electric buses will be introduced to Coventry’s bus fleet after National Express and Coventry City Council won £2.
National Express goes the extra mile for the Grand Brighton Half Marathon
National Express is saving the day for runners and spectators of next month’s Grand Brighton Half Marathon by putting on extra coach services from London to Brighton, when no train services are available.
Mayor welcomes jailing of man after spate of thefts
Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street has welcomed the jailing of a man who carried out a series of thefts on West Midlands buses.
Make the smart move!
More bus passengers in Dundee can do away with paper tickets and move to smartcard.
Bus changes on the way
Xplore Dundee is reminding its customers to check the most up-to-date journey information ahead of timetable changes coming into place on Sunday 13th January.
Trends in UK Travel Help A Very Merry Record Breaking Christmas
Boxing Day was the busiest single day in company history with over 74,000 passenger journeys More passengers than ever before on both 25th and 26th December 15% increase in passengers during the festive season An extra 76,000 seats were added onto services during the festive period, 22,000 more than the previous year Latest passenger figures from National Express reveal a record breaking 2018 as well as an interesting insight into the changing trends of what the UK public get up to over the Christmas period.
A Platinum makeover for route 50
National Express West Midlands is turning Birmingham’s iconic 50 bus route Platinum.
New Year Savings on travel with National Express
Travellers can take advantage of great value coach travel in the New Year with National Express.
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