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Address: Mill Lane
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Secretary: Michael Hampson    
Registrar: Equiniti Ltd Updated: 29/11/2012

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Fri, 29 Aug 2014

Local cub pack puts rail safety in the picture

Cubs have designed new posters for promoting railway safety which are now being displayed across the c2c network. 

National Express train operator c2c and cubs from Thurrock Thameside Orion Scouts teamed up in a competition to design the best safety poster. Their designs were then judged by c2c’s local station managers and the company’s marketing team. 

The two winners were George England and Molly Perry. Their winning designs have now been professionally printed, and are being displayed at stations across the c2c route. 

As a reward for their efforts, the entire pack of 40 cubs and scouts had a free day out on c2c. Their tour included a trip behind the scenes at c2c’s Shoeburyness depot, and the experience of riding on a train while it went through the depot’s train wash system. 

c2c Station Manager Julie Davis said: “When we talked to the cubs about the importance of acting safety on the railway, you could tell they were taking it all on board. We thought their poster designs were all brilliant, and it was really hard to pick the winners. Because these designs are so unique, we think they will really stand out from the crowd. That means even more people will notice these important safety messages.”

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.

 
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Fri, 29 Aug 2014

Local cub pack puts rail safety in the picture

Cubs have designed new posters for promoting railway safety which are now being displayed across the c2c network. 

National Express train operator c2c and cubs from Thurrock Thameside Orion Scouts teamed up in a competition to design the best safety poster. Their designs were then judged by c2c’s local station managers and the company’s marketing team. 

The two winners were George England and Molly Perry. Their winning designs have now been professionally printed, and are being displayed at stations across the c2c route. 

As a reward for their efforts, the entire pack of 40 cubs and scouts had a free day out on c2c. Their tour included a trip behind the scenes at c2c’s Shoeburyness depot, and the experience of riding on a train while it went through the depot’s train wash system. 

c2c Station Manager Julie Davis said: “When we talked to the cubs about the importance of acting safety on the railway, you could tell they were taking it all on board. We thought their poster designs were all brilliant, and it was really hard to pick the winners. Because these designs are so unique, we think they will really stand out from the crowd. That means even more people will notice these important safety messages.”

Wed, 27 Aug 2014

Top spot for c2c’s performance again!

National Express train operator c2c has continued its run at the top of the rail industry’s performance table. 

96.6% of c2c trains have ran on-time over the past year according to the latest official figures, published today by Network Rail. This means c2c has held this top position on the national table for over two and a half years. 

The figures also show c2c was top in the country in the latest four-week period covered by the Public Performance Measure, with 96.3% of c2c trains arriving on-time between 20 July and 16 August 2014. 

Kevin Frazer, Operations Director at c2c, said: “We’re really pleased that c2c has held onto the top spot for another month, despite it being quite a challenging period for us and our colleagues at Network Rail. Going forward, we’re going to continue setting ourselves tough targets and are determined to run even more trains on-time for our customers, ensuring that we remain the country’s best performing train operator.”

Tue, 26 Aug 2014

Special video release for International Dog Day

National Express is celebrating International Dog Day (Tuesday 26 August) with a special video release created with assistance dog charity Canine Partners. 

The video showcases the amazing work of the charity, which provides life-changing assistance dogs that are specially trained to carry out tasks as diverse as using a cash point to taking washing out of the machine. 

It will be used to help raise awareness amongst drivers and staff about disability issues and its release has been timed to coincide with International Dog Day, a day which sees man’s best friend celebrated in events across the globe. 

The special release comes after the UK’s largest coach operator joined forces with Canine Partners in a groundbreaking partnership – believed to be a UK first – that will benefit disabled people across the UK. 

A crucial part of the partnership sees National Express provide free travel to people training assistance puppies. People giving up their time to look after the puppies will be eligible to travel free with their young dog to and from any of approximately 1,000 National Express stops across the UK. 

Helping train a puppy is a commitment. Thousands of hours training goes into every assistance dog before they are ready to be teamed up with a person who needs their support and Canine Partners trains the dogs to be able to work in scenarios in all areas of life. Familiarisation with the sights and sounds of public transport is also crucial part of this training. 

The partnership, comes as Canine Partners, which operates from several bases across the country, including 14 Puppy ‘Satellites’ – or training groups - celebrates its 24th year supporting disabled people. 

The link-up - a move set to benefit disabled people across the UK including civilians, veterans and servicemen and women injured in service – has also seen kind-hearted National Express customers donate thousands of pounds to the charity when they book coach travel online. A special Canine Partners coach in the charity’s signature purple hue has also been unveiled.  

Take a look at the special video below:

International dog day video

Tue, 26 Aug 2014

Dundee Drivers Charity Abseil

National Express Dundee is applauding a group of its employees for rising to their latest charity challenge – a 140 ft abseil down University of Dundee’s Tower Building.

Drivers Ross Murdoch, Allan Fordyce and Gillian Moffatt and Travel Shop Customer Adviser Dan Stewart were among 60 people taking the plunge on Saturday 23rd August to raise money for Tay FM and Tay AM’s Cash for Kids.  

Organised by drivers Ross and Allan, this was the local charity’s first ever abseil event and has so far raised a massive £5500 for underprivileged local children.

Dundee driver and fundraiser Ross says it was an amazing experience:  “The adrenaline rush at the top of the tower is nothing compared to the excitement I’m feeling about the amount everyone has raised so far!   I want to thank everyone who’s taken part and all those who’ve supported us.

“We’ve been working alongside Cash For Kids for some time now to improve the lives of local children - it’s extremely important to us to help people in the area where National Express Dundee operates its bus services.  This is our biggest ever fundraiser so far and I’m really pleased it’s been a success.”

 

Fri, 22 Aug 2014

c2c gets in the carnival spirit

A team from National Express train operator c2c took to the streets as part of last weekend’s Southend Carnival, raising over £300 for the Railway Children charity. 

The c2c volunteers walked alongside their float, a brand-new National Express coach provided by c2c’s parent company, on the three mile route. They handed out National Express-branded rock sweets, lollies, whistles and other treats to some of the 20,000 people who lined the streets. 

£200 was collected for the Railway Children during the carnival, and £110 donated by c2c passengers through collections at local stations in the week before. The Railway Children reaches out to children who live on the streets, both in the UK and abroad, providing them with care and protection. 

Scott Walker, c2c’s Station Manager for the Southend area, said: “We were proud to enter this year’s Southend Carnival and support this long standing tradition. Obviously we couldn’t use a c2c train as a carnival float, but as we’re part of National Express Group we knew everyone would immediately recognise the iconic coaches. 

“Thank you to everyone involved and all who donated to the Railway Children. We had promoted the carnival to all our customers, and we hope that everyone had a great evening out – we certainly enjoyed it!” 

The team were joined by local MP David Amess before their procession. 

You can watch the c2c volunteers collecting for the Railway Children charity at the Southend Carnival 2014 in our video below:

C2C video

Thu, 21 Aug 2014

Happy Campers raise funds in midnight Moonwalk marathon

Jamie Heggs - Moonwalk London 2014.jpegNational Express Coventry bus driver, Jamie Heggs, has helped to give breast cancer charity Walk the Walk Worldwide a “bra-lliant” lift by raising an impressive £1,850 towards its project and campaign grants.

Along with 15,000 other participants, 41 year old Jamie powerwalked a midnight Moonwalk marathon through London wearing a decorated bra which had been dyed, sewed, glued and stuffed ahead of the eight hour challenge.

The National Express Employee Charity Panel donated £100 towards Jamie’s total, helping him and his wife raise £420. They were part of a walking group with their friends, ‘The Happy Campers’, which raised the £1,850 total.

Jamie said “I'm not sure what was more challenging - accessorising the bra or walking 26 miles through a damp night in London. Thanks to National Express Employee Charity Panel and all the friends and family who have sponsored both me and the best walking partner ever - my wife, Tracey. I’m overwhelmed to have raised so much for a great cause.”

Notes:

The National Express Employee Charity Panel helps to support employees who are actively involved in charitable or volunteer work. The Panel is made up of UK employees from around the National Express Group business who meet quarterly to decide which good causes they will support. The Panel has donated £8,000 to over 30 charities and organisations nominated by employees so far this year.

Walk the Walk is a registered charity which grants funds to projects and campaigns which support research in to and the treatment of breast cancer. The charity has encouraged over 250,000 people to take on a walking challenge and the London Moonwalk is now 13 years old.

Pictured is Jamie Heggs at the start of his midnight Moonwalk.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014

Bumper Bank Holiday weekend

National Express is all set for a bumper Bank Holiday this weekend as it reveals a surge in demand for coach travel.

Today (Wednesday 20 August) the UK’s largest coach operator is reporting a year-on-year surge in advance bookings on its services of more than seven per cent this weekend (22–25 August) while rail users face a bout of disruption to train services.

Passengers using the West Coast Mainline and First Great Western train services can expect cancellations and delays over the weekend due to planned engineering works affecting trains in the West and South West.

Engineering works are set to cause disruption to trains running on the First Great Western line between Bristol and London from today until Sunday, while trains running on the West Coast Mainline between Glasgow and London will be disrupted from Saturday until Tuesday (26 August).

At the same time National Express has seen a jump in bookings on coach services to locations served by the affected train routes, as rail passengers look for alternative means of transport.

For example, bookings on coach services between Birmingham and London this weekend have increased by more than 60 per cent year-on-year while bookings between Bristol and London have increased by nearly six per cent.

To cope with the increase in demand the national coach operator has added 18,000 extra seats to its services.

Overall, Bank Holiday Monday (25 August) is the most popular day of travel with tens of thousands of passenger journeys already booked, while Friday (22 August) is the second most popular day of travel as people look to make an early getaway.

As people pack their bags in anticipation of the break, National Express is also revealing the most popular destinations to travel to by coach over the Bank Holiday.

Perhaps unsurprisingly London is the most popular place to travel to with more than 30,000 journeys booked to the capital, followed by Birmingham and Heathrow Airport.

Three London airports also feature in the top ten as people get set to jet off abroad this weekend.

The top ten most popular destinations are:

  • London
  • Birmingham
  • Heathrow Airport
  • Stansted Airport
  • Manchester
  • Bristol
  • Leeds
  • Liverpool
  • Cardiff
  • Luton Airport

Tom Stables, National Express UK Coach Managing Director, said: “People are gearing up to enjoy the long weekend and this surge in coach bookings proves that passengers are determined to not let the rail disruption spoil their getaway.

“Our services are fast, frequent, comfortable and affordable and are a great way of travelling across the country to see friends and loved ones.”

Visit www.nationalexpress.com or call 0871 781 81 81 to book or for more information.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014

Check out Balls to Cancer’s charity donation

Kevin Maxim - Wolf Run.jpgNational Express West Midlands bus driver, Kevin Maxim, has helped to give local charity ‘Balls to Cancer’ a massive boost by raising an impressive £1,450.

With an initial target of £500, 48 year old Kevin took part in the Wolf Run, a hard core 10k course across natural terrain, including open ground, woodland, lakes and thick mud.

Originally from Burton-on-Trent, he moved to Birmingham almost seven years ago and took part in the event to raise funds for ‘Balls to Cancer’ as he feels the work that the charity does to educate people on male cancer awareness is important.

The National Express Employee Charity Panel read Kevin’s application and donated £200 towards his cause, helping Kevin smash his £500 target and almost treble the total amount raised.

Kevin said: “The Charity Panel’s kind donation of £200 has enabled me to achieve way above my original target and I’m so thankful for this. Working in a predominantly male orientated environment it is vital to highlight this type of cancer awareness. My colleagues have been extremely supportive towards the cause and I’d like to say, in the words of Balls to Cancer: “If in doubt, get checked out!”

Notes:

The National Express Employee Charity Panel helps to support employees who are actively involved in charitable or volunteer work. The Panel is made up of UK employees from around the National Express Group business who meet quarterly to decide which good causes they will support. The Panel has donated £8,000 to over 30 charities and organisations nominated by employees so far this year.

Balls to Cancer is a registered charity in England and Wales (1146185), helping to raise funds for male cancer awareness and education. It occasionally donates a proportion of funds to other associated causes and research including Birmingham, Wolverhampton & Brunel Universities and special sensory equipment at The Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Pictured is Kevin Maxim at the end of his Wolf Run.

 

 

Tue, 19 Aug 2014

Top marks for coach company

Coach drivers at value commuter coach company The Kings Ferry are celebrating after their services scored top marks for customer satisfaction.

An independent Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) survey found 100% of customers declared themselves to be either ‘satisfied’ or ‘very satisfied’ with the coach service.

The service links Weston-super-Mare, Portishead and Clevedon to major businesses in North Bristol including Aztec West, Rolls Royce, Royal Mail, Airbus and the Ministry of Defence.

Launched last year in partnership with North Somerset Council, The Kings Ferry’s latest coach commuter service is going from strength to strength having recently clocked up its 15,000th journey and its signature yellow vehicles fast becoming a fixture on the region’s roads.

The news comes as the government today (19 August) announces its Retail Price Index which will result in rail fare increases in January 2015.

The news may encourage more people to consider commuting from Weston-super-Mare to Bristol with The Kings Ferry, which also operates a highly successful commuting operation in Kent that was established thirty years ago.

For The Kings Ferry Managing Director Ian Fraser the convenience and value of coach travel makes it a very attractive choice for commuters.

He said: “The Kings Ferry is the value way for travellers in North Somerset to get to work in North Bristol – even more so in light of today’s news on rail fares but it’s not the only reason people choose us. We continually strive to provide a first-class service to all our customers and we’re really pleased the latest passenger survey indicates our efforts are paying off. I’d like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to our customers in North Somerset for choosing us and to our team of drivers who are of course the very wheels of our business.”

All Kings Ferry coaches feature reclining seats, air conditioning, power sockets, drinks machines, TV screens and wireless internet. They are also equipped with real time tracking, allowing commuters to check the location of their service via web and mobile devices.

More details including the timetable and locations of coach stops are available at www.bristolcommute.com

Tue, 19 Aug 2014

Local coach company driving to a new record

Value coach company The Kings Ferry reveals it is in gear to carry record numbers of passengers this year as rail fare price hikes announced today (19 August) pose a further squeeze to the pockets of train travellers in Kent. 

The coach company is reporting passenger numbers in Kent have driven to reach a record high, with a 14 per cent growth in the numbers of people taking the coach in the past four years. Year-to-date, passenger journeys are up by four per cent compared to 2013. 

News comes as the government announces its Retail Price Index, meaning rail fares will substantially increase in January 2015.  

The hefty rise is likely to further increase the attractiveness of commuting from Kent to London by coach, an option already favoured by thousands of customers in jobs from all sectors from banking to cleaning. 

Indeed, The Kings Ferry’s signature yellow vehicles are a fixture on the region’s roads making hundreds of thousands of journeys from the region and the heart of London every year. 

The Kings Ferry commuter operation consists of 36 daily services to central London from Medway, Sittingbourne and the Isle of Sheppey with commuters collected at pick-up points within walking distance of their home and dropped at key locations throughout central London. 

For The Kings Ferry Managing Director Ian Fraser it is this convenience, combined with the value of travelling by coach – which can be up to 25 per cent cheaper than travelling by train - that makes it an unbeatably attractive choice. 

He said: “First and foremost, The Kings Ferry is the value way for travellers in Kent to get to work in central London – even more so in light of today’s news on fares. Our affordability is of course key to our customers but it is far from the only reason people travel with us, and stay travelling with us. We carry all kinds of people from cleaners to stockbrokers and time and time again we hear the reason people want to be with us is simply the convenience. We pick people up yards from their door and drop them by their places of work throughout central London, bypassing the need to buy an Oyster Card along the way. Some of our customers have been with us over 30 years and we find once people are with us, enjoying a door-to-door service and a guaranteed seat every day the convenient service is hard to argue with – people don’t go back to choosing the train.”

All coaches are also equipped with real time tracking, allowing commuters to check the location of their service via web and mobile devices. 

For more information visit www.thekingsferry.co.uk or call 01634 265 510.

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