National Express’ record-breaking Christmas

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The 040 Bristol to London was one of the most popular routes over the festive period. KRIS LAKE

National Express has revealed it hit new heights over the Christmas period as the company broke records for passenger numbers and revenue.

Boxing Day was the busiest day of the year, as well as its single largest day of sales ever for the UK’s largest scheduled coach operator. Over the Christmas holidays, National Express moved nearly half a million passengers on its network, with passenger numbers on Christmas Day and Boxing Day up 15% compared to 2016.

Statistics collected over the festive period showed that the most popular airport service corridor was the A6 and A7 London to Stansted Airport. The firm’s most popular intercity services were the 035 London to Bournemouth and the 040 Bristol to London. Coach services ran to 81 locations on Christmas Day – the highest number ever.

National Express Coach Managing Director, Chris Hardy, said: “We’re delighted to announce a bumper Christmas performance this year with not one, but two records broken on the same day. Coach is proving to be an increasingly popular travel option over the festive period and with the rail network partially shut down for upgrade work, we are proud to have been able to step up a gear and deliver a really great Christmas.”