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

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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.

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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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.

Fri, 15 Aug 2014

Durham School Services named top corporate sales team

Durham School Services held onto its record of being the top corporate sales team for the Special Olympics Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby. The company raised $11,200 through duck sales and donated an additional $5,000, which will help support year-round athletic training and competition in 19 sports for almost 21,500 Special Olympics athletes and over 13,000 young athletes (aged 2-7) in Illinois.

“I’m proud of our duck sales team and their commitment to Special Olympics Illinois,” said David. A. Duke, President & CEO of National Express Corporation, Durham’s parent company. "Throughout the summer they engaged the entire corporate office by promoting the benefits of Special Olympics, and did a stellar job selling duck adoptions.”

To further encourage duck adoptions, Durham held an employee fundraising event in July as part of its annual drive to support Special Olympics. Employees held a Baggo Tournament and lined up for the chance to send senior executives into a dunk tank.

“I applaud the Durham team for being top corporate sales team,” said Dave Breen, President and CEO of Special Olympics Illinois. “Their energy and compassion for our organisation is to be commended. We are grateful for the contributions they have made on our behalf.”

Fri, 15 Aug 2014

Telford’s music fans can be at V in 20 minutes thanks to express bus service

Music fans from Telford will have express buses services to the V festival at Weston Park for the first time – beating two hour car parking queues with ‘bus only’ roads and priority entrance.

The services are only £7 return, run up to every 15 minutes and take just 20 minutes from Telford bus station to the festival. The services also call at Park Inn and Telford Rail Station. Travellers can buy their ticket on the day before they board the bus.

Bus services from Telford Bus Station to the festival will run every 15 minutes:

Saturday 16 August 9.00am – 3.20pm
Sunday 17 August 10.00am – 3.20pm

Return journeys will run from Weston Park every 15 minutes:

Saturday 16 August 8.00pm – 12.30am
Sunday 17 August 8.00pm – 12.30am

Bus passengers have priority access to the site, resulting in less congestion on the roads and less time spent in car park queues. Over 200 National Express staff and 40 vehicles will be involved in the four day operation to help fans enjoy one of the UK's top festivals at Weston Park.

Nick Newcombe, General Manager at National Express West Midlands, said:

“Our passengers receive priority access to the festival, so they can enjoy every minute of the music without worrying about growing car park queues and it’s much cheaper than the cost of petrol.

“V is one of the highlights of the year for us. Moving up to 12,000 music fans over four days take a lot of preparation and hard work but it’s also very rewarding. Our drivers will cover an amazing 20,000 miles this weekend, helping to remove hundreds of cars from the road and greatly reducing the effect of congestion around the site.”

Fri, 15 Aug 2014

100 years old and still going strong

There was no telegram from the Queen but this week was the 100th birthday of one of Birmingham’s most recognisable residents. The Birmingham bus is 100 years old, and the region’s biggest bus company National Express West Midlands held a party to celebrate.

The celebration, which was open to all, took place outside the new Library in Centenary Square on Friday 15 August. At the event were buses from across the decades, including two from the 1950s and a modern day hybrid.

There was also the first sight of a prototype next generation Birmingham bus which will be arriving in the city next year. The new vehicles will provide a step change in local transport and be used on key commuter routes.

Centro’s customer information team and the award winning Safer Travel Police Team were also at the event.

Thu, 14 Aug 2014

Pop-up theatre performance thrills at Barking station

Train operator c2c and the Arc Theatre combined to create a pop-up theatre at Barking station on Friday, providing the stage for a new play tackling anti-social behaviour among young people.

The National Express Foundation, the charity arm of c2c’s parent company, funded the Barking-based theatre group to run a week-long drama course for pupils from Eastbrook School.  The project taught them different drama techniques to explore the theme of anti-social behaviour and the impact it can have on others.  Together they wrote a new play, “Above their Station”. 

The course culminated with a group performance of “Above their Station” in a pop-up theatre at Barking station on Friday.  They were watched by more than 100 commuters, including the leader of Barking and Dagenham Council and the Mayor of Barking.

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Clifford Oliver, Artistic Director of Arc Theatre, said: “We’ve had the most amazing week. The course explored drama techniques and different ways you can engage with an audience.  We also shared our own feelings about anti-social behaviour and what it can mean to different people, and then we put it all together into a play.  These young people are phenomenal and their performance levels were awesome.  Lots of passers-by stopped to watch what was going on.” 

James Donnan from the National Express Foundation said: “We sponsor local community groups that are tackling issues relating to community cohesion, and the Arc Theatre’s project fitted the bill perfectly.  We were really impressed with the quality of the work, and we’re delighted the final performance really captured the imagination of so many people in Barking.” 

Arc Theatre will now help the pupils to perform “Above their Station” again for other students from Eastbrook School.  They will also make a video of their experience, including interviews with the audience, which they will share through social media to inspire others. 

The National Express Foundation is sponsoring six local community groups in east London and south Essex this year, totalling £15,000.  Full details of this year’s awards are available here

The above photos show the Arc Theatre group performing “Above their Station” at Barking, and Clifford Oliver along with Rebecca, one of the performers.

Tue, 12 Aug 2014

National Express unveils enhanced Heathrow Airport network

National Express is today revealing it is adding new services to and from Heathrow Airport equating to over 100,000 extra seats per year.

The UK’s largest coach operator is introducing a new and improved timetable from South West England and Wales to London and Heathrow Airport which equates to thousands of extra seats made available every year.

The extra seats will be available on routes to all Heathrow terminals from Wales and the  South  West including from Cardiff, Swansea, Newport, Bristol, Swindon and Bath.

News comes as passengers from the South West and Wales travelling by rail this summer face severely disrupted journeys as a result of engineering works on the First Great Western line. Rail travellers will be affected on 19-22 August and 23-24 August which will impact on outbound Bank Holiday travellers. 

National Express coaches are already part of the fabric of life at Heathrow Airport and one of its major arteries of public transport.

Around 2.5 million passenger journeys are made with National Express to and from the UK’s busiest airport every year from over 200 locations.

Services include 40 direct daily departures from London’s Victoria Coach Station, which connect Heathrow to central London in as little as 35 minutes.

Tom Stables, Managing Director, National Express UK Coach said: “We’re really pleased to reveal our new services will make it easier than ever before for people to get to Heathrow Airport.”

Around a third of all National Express coach journeys are to airports with customers benefiting from value straight-to-the-terminal travel. Fares start from £5.

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