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National Express gears up for a bumper bank holiday

National Express gears up for a bumper bank holiday

The UK’s largest coach operator is gearing up for a bumper Bank Holiday as it reveals when and where people are travelling this Easter.

Tens of thousands have already booked their coach travel for the coming weekend (17 – 21 April) as they look to take advantage of the extra days off work.

Maundy Thursday is most popular day of travel as people plan an early start to the Easter getaway, with Good Friday the next busiest day. Meanwhile nearly a third of all booked journeys are to UK airports.

London is the favourite destination to travel to with approximately 40,000 set to descend on the capital, followed by Stansted and Heathrow Airports as people look to jet off to foreign locations.

The next most popular destinations are:


·      Birmingham;
·      Bristol;
·      Cardiff;
·      Leeds;
·      Gatwick Airport;
·      Manchester;
·      Bournemouth;
·      Luton Airport;
·      Southampton.

National Express is also poised to add thousands of extra seats to its services in light of the planned engineering works that are due to cause significant disruption to some train services during the Easter holidays.

The national coach operator is running coach services to locations where train services will be disrupted, including:

-  Gloucester and Bristol
-  Swindon and Gloucester
-  Southampton
-  Taunton and Exeter
-  London and Langley
-  London and Heathrow Airport
-  Carlisle, Glasgow and Edinburgh

National Express UK Coach Managing Director Tom Stables said: “As Spring arrives bringing with it the promise of fine weather, tens of thousands of people are ready to board the coach to go on exciting trips away from home at Easter. Our coach services are scheduled to run throughout the holidays, including on routes where disruption to rail services is forecast, ensuring no one has to miss out on the Spring-time fun.”

Families meanwhile can also enjoy extra savings with the National Express Family Coachcard, which allows two children to travel free when accompanied by two full fare paying adults