NatEx has record breaking Christmas
Boxing Day this Christmas was reported by National Express to be its busiest single day in company history, with over 74,000 passenger journeys made then.
The operator carried more passengers than ever before on both 25 and 26 December 2018.
An extra 76,000 seats were added onto services to meet the high demand during the festive period, 22,000 more than the previous year. Busiest days for travel were Wednesday 26, Thursday 27, Sunday 23 and Sunday 30 December when over 238,000 journeys were made. National Express claimed the addition of extra services offered what it described as a lifeline to festive travellers, who had to contend with widespread disruption on large parts of the rail network. There were no rail services at all on Christmas Day, engineering works affecting trains out of London stations and reduced timetables across all routes over the festive period.
Chris Hardy, MD for National Express Coach, said: “With families more spread out than ever before and an increasing number of people working over the Christmas period, demand for coach travel at this time keeps getting stronger. Nearly 750,000 journeys were taken across our UK wide network during the festive season. That represents a 15% increase on 2017 and tells the story that more and more people need to move across the country for both personal and professional reasons.”