National Express West Midlands operating in Bristol

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During the Glastonbury music festival last week, National Express provided the G18 service between Bristol’s Marlborough Street bus and coach station and the festival site.

This allowed customers from all over the UK to catch coaches to Bristol and then connect with the G18 service.

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Brand new ADL Enviro400MMC 6993 is seen unloading in bay 1 of the Marlborough Street bus and coach station. Passengers then collected their bags from bay 2. This system seemed to work very well. RICHARD SHARMAN

Nine National Express West Midlands Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMCs to Platinum specification were used on the service, these being: 6795, 6942-8 and 6993.

As these vehicles had no luggage capacity, a small fleet of vans took the festival-goers many bags and tents and ran ahead of the bus to ensure that their belongings were in bay 2 of the bus station ready for them to collect when the bus pulled into bay 1.

Charlie Bailey, General Manager of Festivals, Events & Special Services at National Express, told CBW:

“It was the first time National Express West Midlands buses have been used on our Glastonbury event services.

“Our bus and coach teams worked closely together in partnership with Edwards Coaches to house, fuel and clean the vehicles.

“Over 450 buses and coaches were involved and it was our most successful Glastonbury operation ever. The average age of vehicles utilised was four and a half years old, with the newest vehicle being just two days old.”




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