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Address: Mill Lane
Digbeth
Birmingham
B5 6DD
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E-Mail: info@nationalexpress.com Epic:
Secretary: Michael Hampson    
Registrar: Equiniti Ltd Updated: 29/11/2012

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Wed, 26 Nov 2014

More than a Millennium of Service

National Express Dundee is celebrating the dedication and hard work of its longest-serving employees. 

The bus operator has handed out awards to 48 employees, including drivers, inspectors, engineers and training staff.  The certificates and gifts were presented by guest of honour, the Traffic Commissioner Joan Aitken, at a special ceremony at the Apex Hotel in Dundee on Saturday (22nd November). 

Recognition was received for 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years’ service, with a grand total of 1275 years accrued by 48 employees. 

 Managing Director Phil Smith said:

“Everyone receiving an award here today deserves recognition for their dedication to the industry and to the people of Dundee.  I would like to thank each one for the commitment they have shown, not only to this company and its predecessors, but most importantly to the thousands of bus passengers they have helped to get around this city so safely and efficiently during the years.”

 

Company Overview

National Express Group is a leading transport provider delivering services in the UK, North America and Spain. Every year more than 650 million journeys are made on our buses, trains, light rail services and coaches.

 
Annual Reports
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bullet point Annual Report 2011 in PDF 31/12/2011 29/02/2012 No  
bullet point Annual Report 2010 in PDF 31/12/2010 24/02/2011 No  
bullet point Annual Report 2009 in PDF 31/12/2009 25/02/2010 No  
bullet point Annual Report 2008 in PDF 31/12/2008 26/02/2009 No  
bullet point Annual Report 2007 in PDF 31/12/2007 28/02/2008 No  
bullet point Annual Report 2006 in PDF 31/12/2006 1/03/2007 No  
bullet point Annual Report 2005 in PDF 21/12/2005 9/03/2006 No  
bullet point Annual Report 2004 in PDF (1.28Mb) 31/12/2004 24/02/2005 No  
bullet point Annual Report 2003 in PDF (0.49Mb) 31/12/2003 26/02/2004 No  
bullet point Annual Report 2002 in PDF (2.37Mb) 31/12/2002 13/03/2003 No  
bullet point Annual Report 2001 in PDF (2.78Mb) 31/12/2001 20/03/2002 No  
bullet point Annual Report 2000 in PDF (1.81Mb) 31/12/2000 20/03/2001 No  
bullet point Annual Report in PDF 27/02/2014 Yes  
 
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bullet point Interim Results 2013 in PDF 30/06/2013 24/07/2013 Yes  
bullet point Interim Results 2012 in PDF 30/06/2012 26/07/2012 No  
bullet point Interim Results 2011 in PDF 30/06/2011 28/07/2011 No  
bullet point Interim Results 2010 in PDF 30/06/2010 29/07/2010 No  
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bullet point Interim Results 2008 in PDF 30/06/2008 31/07/2008 No  
bullet point Interim Results 2007 in PDF 30/06/2007 26/07/2007 No  
bullet point Interim Results 2006 in PDF 30/06/2006 28/09/2006 No  
bullet point Interim Results 2005 in PDF (0.67Mb) 30/06/2005 28/07/2005 No  
bullet point Interim Results 2004 in PDF (0.21Mb) 30/06/2004 29/07/2004 No  
bullet point Interim Results 2003 in PDF (0.26Mb) 30/06/2003 11/09/2003 No  
bullet point Interim Results 2002 in PDF (0.6Mb) 30/06/2002 17/09/2002 No  
 
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Dividend History
Type Payment Date Dividend
Final 23/05/2014 6.75 p
Interim 21/09/2012 3 p
Final 6/05/2012 6.5 p
Final 13/05/2011 6 p
Interim 25/09/2009 0 p
Final 3/07/2009 10 p
Interim 26/09/2008 12.72 p
Final 9/05/2008 26.4 p
Interim 28/09/2007 11.56 p
Final 4/05/2007 24 p
Interim 20/10/2006 10.75 p
Final 26/05/2006 22.5 p
Interim 7/10/2005 10 p
Final 6/05/2005 20.65 p
Interim 1/10/2004 9.35 p
Final 7/05/2004 17.5 p
Interim 17/10/2003 8.5 p
Final 16/05/2003 16.4 p
Interim 18/10/2002 8.1 p
Final 3/05/2002 14.7 p
Interim 19/10/2001 7.3 p
Final 4/05/2001 14.2 p
Interim 27/10/2000 6.5 p
Final 5/05/2000 12.45 p
Interim 22/10/1999 5.75 p

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Wed, 26 Nov 2014

More than a Millennium of Service

National Express Dundee is celebrating the dedication and hard work of its longest-serving employees. 

The bus operator has handed out awards to 48 employees, including drivers, inspectors, engineers and training staff.  The certificates and gifts were presented by guest of honour, the Traffic Commissioner Joan Aitken, at a special ceremony at the Apex Hotel in Dundee on Saturday (22nd November). 

Recognition was received for 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years’ service, with a grand total of 1275 years accrued by 48 employees. 

 Managing Director Phil Smith said:

“Everyone receiving an award here today deserves recognition for their dedication to the industry and to the people of Dundee.  I would like to thank each one for the commitment they have shown, not only to this company and its predecessors, but most importantly to the thousands of bus passengers they have helped to get around this city so safely and efficiently during the years.”

 

Wed, 26 Nov 2014

Christmas shoppers get direct c2c trains to Stratford

National Express train operator c2c is providing over 80,000 seats direct to Stratford and Liverpool Street over the coming weekends to help Christmas shoppers. 

c2c will run two trains an hour on both Saturdays and Sundays that divert to Liverpool Street instead of Fenchurch Street. These will provide direct access to the Westfield Stratford City shopping centre plus easy access to London's West End. This is in addition to the two trains an hour that run to Chafford Hundred, for the Lakeside shopping centre, as part of c2c's existing service.  

The diverted services will run on the following dates and times:

  • Saturdays: Every Saturday until Christmas, calling at Stratford between 9am and 8pm, with 23 services in each direction
  • Sundays: On 30th November and 7th and 14th December, calling at Stratford between 10am and 7pm, with 18 services in each direction

These trains will run to and from Shoeburyness via Laindon, meaning passengers from Southend, Benfleet and Basildon will all benefit from the direct service. Each train will be eight carriages long, with over 550 seats available.  

c2c Managing Director Julian Drury said: "We know how popular both Stratford and Liverpool Street are as destinations for our weekend passengers. We think these direct services will prove a real hit, and hopefully they'll help take some of the stress out of doing the Christmas shopping." 

c2c has also proposed permanently diverting two trains an hour to Liverpool Street at weekends from December 2015, as part of the plans for a new c2c timetable. 

Tue, 25 Nov 2014

c2c staff celebrate Basildon station's 40th birthday

Staff from National Express train operator c2c held a birthday party with a difference today as they celebrated the 40th anniversary of the opening of Basildon station. 

More than 500 commuters were handed free birthday cake and chocolates during the morning rush hour to mark 40 years since the first passenger services at Basildon station, on 25 November 1974. 

c2c Station Manager Maria Kemp said: “Basildon is the second-busiest c2c station in Essex, and it seems impossible now to imagine the town without the station at the heart of it. That’s why we wanted to mark such a special birthday with a bit of a celebration. We hope the free cake and chocolates brightened up the morning commute for many of our passengers.” 

Basildon's 40th birthday.jpgThe above photos show Basildon station being built, and how the booking hall looks today, plus the local station management team (L-R: Maria Kemp, Paul Bassett and Louise Williams) with one of the birthday cakes

Over 2.8m passengers used Basildon station in the past year, making it one of the top 200 busiest railway stations in the UK. Last year the station £450,000 was invested in a revamp of the ticket office and booking hall, and earlier this month Rail Minister Claire Perry visited Basildon station to mark the start of the new c2c franchise.

Fri, 21 Nov 2014

Abertay Students get AHEAD with National Express Dundee

National Express Dundee is supporting the efforts of local students at University of Abertay as they take on an Apprentice-style fundraising task.  

Students of the AHEAD programme, a 12 month access to higher education course, are asked to work in teams to grow just £2 into as much money as possible for the charity of their choice. Approached by Jodi Lee, a member of one of the groups taking part in the challenge, National Express Dundee has donated a Discovr card loaded with six weeks’ free student travel as a raffle prize. The team’s other fundraising activities include a bake sale and a sponsored ‘Onesie Walk’ across the Tay Road Bridge at midnight tonight.

The Abertay AHEAD Charity Challenge team, including Jodi Lee, Thomas Gracie, Autumn Hall, Rachel Shearer, Colin Urquhart, Dorothy Whyte and Nicholas Kerry, is aiming to raise as much money as they can for Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS). 

It comes as National Express Dundee prepares to launch two new products for its Discovr Card - a smart card which can be pre-loaded with a variety of tickets, making it quicker and easier to travel around the city, with no need to carry change or paper tickets.  Products already available to purchase on the Discovr card are the Adult Weekly and Student Weekly and the bus operator is getting ready to make available two other products for Discovr: the adult 10-journey ticket and adult Daysavers, which can be bought in groups of five or ten.    

National Express Dundee Managing Director Phil Smith said: 

“This is a fantastic fundraising challenge which we are extremely pleased to support – I wish Jodi and her team all the best as they try to collect as much as they can for this very worthy cause, providing hospice care for children and young people in Scotland.  

“I also hope the winner of the Discovr card will enjoy taking advantage of their prize! Our smart card is growing consistently in popularity and I know there are many students of both local universities who are now using the card, as well as the general public. We’re getting ready to add these two new products to the smart card, which will give people even more incentive to ditch the paper tickets and swap to smart.”

Thu, 20 Nov 2014

National Express unwraps its biggest Christmas ever

Festive travellers are in for a treat as National Express today (Thursday 20 November 2014) unwraps its biggest Christmas ever. 

This year the UK’s largest coach operator is doubling the number of services on Christmas Day – with coaches running to 30 key towns and cities and the two busiest airports – to provide the most extensive public transport network during the rail shutdown on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. 

National Express will be running 38 coach services on Christmas Day, opening up connections to important locations including Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds, Liverpool, London and Manchester. 

On Boxing Day meanwhile, National Express will run an only slightly reduced service while the train services remain suspended.

National Express has also boosted the number of services to Heathrow and Gatwick airports on the big day, and its coaches are the only means by which some passengers can reach the airport while no trains are running. 

Hundreds of thousands of people have already booked to travel with National Express over the Christmas period (Monday 1 December 2014 – Sunday 4 January 2015) with advance bookings up by seven percent year-on-year. 

The boost follows announcements that engineering works are going to mean delays and cancellations for rail passengers looking to travel over the Christmas period. 

Work on the West Coast Mainline and First Great Western train lines throughout December mean passengers travelling via Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool, as well as Cheltenham Spa, Gloucester and Swindon will see severe restrictions on train services.

However National Express coaches will be serving all locations affected by the rail disruption ensuring all passengers have an easy ride this Christmas. 

Meanwhile to make Christmas travel as affordable as possible, National Express is offering more than two million Funfares from £5 over the Christmas period. 

National Express UK Coach Managing Director Tom Stables said: “We are offering the nation the most comprehensive network of public transport services on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, ensuring those who still want to visit their friends, relatives and loved ones can still do so. 

“With rail disruption threatening to spoil the festive getaway for some, we’re pleased to ensure people all over the UK have an easy ride this Christmas with our unbeatably convenient network of coaches, and it is no surprise to see coach bookings soaring.” 

Christmas coach services summary: 

  • National Express has doubled the number of long distance services running on Christmas Day and Boxing Day and introduced two new cross-country services
  • National Express services to Heathrow and Gatwick will increase from 12 to 17 this year
  • Coaches will serve key locations including Bath, Bristol, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Cardiff, Gloucester, Leicester, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Nottingham, Sheffield and Swansea
  • National Express will offer a next to normal service on Boxing Day while no trains are running

For more information or to book visit www.nationalexpress.com or call 0871 781 8181.

Wed, 19 Nov 2014

Liverpool coach passengers get a blast from the past

Passengers using Liverpool Coach Station were treated to an unexpected blast from the past yesterday (Tuesday 18 November) as a vintage National Express coach rolled up to celebrate the station’s 20th anniversary. 

The UK’s largest coach operator arranged for the historic National Express coach – a vehicle that served the city until just before the new station opened in 1994 – to park next to a modern coach to commemorate how far things have moved on in 20 years. 

Driving the Leyland Leopard was former National Express driver Gerard Butler who drove National Express services to Liverpool in the days before the modern station existed, and he was thrilled to get back behind the wheel once again. 

The former driver was accompanied by fellow members of the Ribble Vehicle Preservation Trust who provided the historic coach from their collection and enjoyed the opportunity to look round a modern coach. 

Former National Express driver Gerard Butler said: “It was an absolute delight to get behind the wheel of my old company vehicle again, it didn’t seem to have changed at all in 20 years but it’s not a patch on the modern coaches that are so powerful, smooth and quiet – things have really moved on.” 

Liverpool Coach Station manager John Lord said: “Twenty years ago I remember working as a junior member of staff and I can’t believe how much things have changed. I feel so proud to see how the service has been refined over the years to make travel as comfortable as possible for our passengers.” 

In 20 years, coach travel for Liverpool passengers has changed significantly. 

Before the modern station opened in Liverpool, customers had to board services at a stop known as the Hut on the Hill on Brownlow Hill. When the purpose built station opened in 1994 it brought with it the benefits of waiting rooms, multiple coach bays, seating, toilets and refreshments. 

Passengers have also enjoyed giant leaps in coach technology with modern vehicles featuring air-conditioning, leather seats, WiFi and power sockets to make the journey more comfortable. 

The advances in computer technology mean National Express customers can now book online using a smart phone, use the Coach Tracker app to track their service and text the company feedback about their journey. 

National Express travel from Liverpool: 1994 vs 2014 

  • In 1994 you could reach 35 destinations by coach, today you can travel to 122
  • Nearly 280,000 passenger journeys a year were made from Liverpool Coach Station last year
  • In 1994 an off-peak single ticket from Liverpool to London would cost you £21.50, whereas current fares start from £5 when booked in advance.

For more information or to book a service visit www.nationalexpress.com or call 0871 781 8181.

Tue, 18 Nov 2014

Christmas coach trips are fairy on the tree

A Kent coach company is diversifying with newly-launched Christmas shopping day trips following a bumper year for coach travel. 

Gillingham-based The Kings Ferry has enjoyed an outstanding year – more than ten thousand extra passenger journeys have been clocked up on its commuter coaches this year compared to the same period in 2013 and the firm has also launched a new commuter service in the West Country. 

Now, to add the fairy to the tree, the firm is unwrapping day trips to Bruges as well as an excursion to Bicester Village to allow people to take advantage of some early Christmas shopping. 

On top of increasing passenger numbers, the move is further indication of the growing market for value coach travel in Kent and a boost for the region’s connectivity. 

Three day trips to the medieval city of Bruges are being laid on exclusively for the firm’s commuting customers while a fourth trip, bookable by the general public, takes place on Tuesday 25 November, picking up at locations across Kent. 

Additionally, a Christmas shopping trip to Bicester Village, again open-to-all, takes place on Sunday 7 December. 

The Kings Ferry Managing Director Ian Fraser said: “2014 has been an outstanding year for The Kings Ferry and we’re always exploring for new and innovative ways to cater to the growing market for value coach travel. We’re really pleased to launch our new Christmas shopping day trips and we hope people will enjoy the opportunity to take advantage of some of the best shopping in the UK as well as further afield.” 

The Kings Ferry commuter operation – which is part of National Express Group – consists of 36 daily services to central London from Medway, Sittingbourne and the Isle of Sheppey. 

Its commuters are collected at pick-up points within walking distance of their home and dropped at key locations throughout central London. 

Commuting with The Kings Ferry is also cost-effective, with train fares typically costing over a third more. 

For more information or to book a place visit www.thekingsferry.co.uk

Tue, 18 Nov 2014

Ho-Ho-Hop on board the Christmas Bus!

National Express Dundee’s Christmas Bus is on the road, after a successful launch during the city’s recent Light Night celebrations.  

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The specially decorated double decker played host to Wave 102 and its competition winners on Friday 14 November, who toured around the city, stopping off at the Overgate Shopping Centre, Asda Myrekirk, Ardler Community Centre and Tesco Kingsway, before ending up at the city centre ahead of the switching-on of the festive lights. Dancers from Showcase the Street performed at each stop and even carried out an impromptu dance workshop for the children at Ardler Community Centre.  

Customers of National Express Dundee will be able to board the Christmas Bus as it is now in service around the city; and in just a couple of weeks, the operator’s Santa Bus Drivers will be getting behind the wheel in their red suits, fundraising for Cash For Kids’ Mission Christmas Appeal.

You can view more pictures of the Christmas Bus tour on Dundee’s Light Night at National Express Dundee’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/natexdundee

Mon, 17 Nov 2014

National Express announces major four-year deal with Wembley Stadium connected by EE

National Express has consolidated its position as the premier provider of affordable event travel following a major new deal with Wembley Stadium. 

The UK’s largest coach operator and Wembley Stadium have signed an agreement which sees National Express retain its place as Wembley’s Official Travel Provider for the next four years. 

News of the deal is likely to be welcomed by sports and music lovers alike, with fans benefitting from the choice of up to 55 departure points and direct coaches that drop off in the shadow of Wembley’s arch, at the official Wembley Stadium parking area. 

National Express and Wembley Stadium have enjoyed a relationship spanning back to 2007 when the world-famous redeveloped stadium was unveiled. 

In that time, hundreds of thousands of fans have used National Express coaches to travel to Wembley Stadium, with the car park lit up with the firm’s instantly recognisable white, blue and red vehicles on event days.   

National Express coaches, which each take up to fifty car users off the road, also play a key role in helping Wembley meet its environmental targets and the stadium encourages people where possible to travel by public transport.  Coaches also benefit from priority routes which give them the green light to exit the stadium ahead of cars. 

Recent highlights of the relationship include One Direction’s ‘Where We Are’ tour which, in terms of night-for-night coach tickets sold, is the biggest selling gig of all-time and the fastest-selling of 2014. 

And, with the stadium, which is home to the England Team, regularly hosting other major sporting events including FA and Football League fixtures, regular season NFL games and high-production music concerts, doubtless the best is yet to come. 

Tom Stables, Managing Director National Express UK Coach said: “Over the past seven years we’ve enabled hundreds of thousands of people from all over the UK to enjoy Wembley Stadium, that great modern amphitheatre which sets the stage for the greatest sporting dramas and seminal music events. We’re really proud to play a part in the Wembley experience and it’s with great pleasure that we continue our relationship and enable people to create the memories of a lifetime, from goals to encores, for years to come.” 

Wembley Stadium Managing Director Roger Maslin added: “Wembley Stadium plays a huge role in the lives of people from around the country and it’s fantastic National Express, which directly connects people from the four corners of the UK, will continue as our travel partner. We look forward to the continuance of this successful relationship and encourage people where possible to choose public transport to get to the stadium.” 

To book tickets visit www.nationalexpress.com or call 0871 781 8181.

Mon, 17 Nov 2014

c2c starts new franchise at top of rail punctuality table

National Express train operator c2c has again been named the UK’s most punctual rail company, according to the latest figures released by Network Rail.

In the four weeks to Saturday 8 November – the last day of c2c’s old franchise – 96.9% of c2c trains arrived on time. This was more than any other UK train operator, and compares to the UK average of 84.5% punctuality. Over the past year, c2c’s overall punctuality stands at 96.3% – again the best performance in the country.

Last week c2c started its new 15-year franchise under National Express. In addition to new passenger improvements like WiFi and smart ticketing, c2c has included tough new punctuality targets and increased compensation when passengers are delayed. From 2016, c2c will become the UK’s first rail company to offer automatic compensation to registered passengers who are delayed for as little as two minutes.

c2c Managing Director Julian Drury said: “We finished the old c2c franchise exactly where we wanted to be: as the UK’s number one rail company for punctuality. We’re now aiming to retain that reputation for punctuality, while adding other improvements like extra capacity, new ways to pay for travel, and more compensation when passengers are delayed.”

Today’s punctuality figures for the Public Performance Measure, the official rail industry measure of performance, are published by Network Rail.

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