West Midlands’ favourite bus seat revealed by National Express

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National Express West Midlands has unveiled that #TDFR (Top Deck, Front Row) is the bus seat of choice for its customers, following an online poll. The operator uploaded a video to its YouTube channel last month showing four top seats and added an online poll asking customers to vote for their favourite. #TDFR was the outright winner with a whopping 55.2% of the vote.

David Bradford, National Express West Midlands Managing Director, said: “We started to notice the hashtag #TDFR and others cropping up in our social media mentions, amongst other mentions about timetables and tickets.

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“When we started following the #TDFR hashtag we realised it was a really simple game that most people can take part in. There’s clearly a lot of love out there for our buses, so we wanted to put it out there and see which of our bus seats really was the most popular.

“We’ve enjoyed looking at all the photos, videos and comments from customers who took part in the poll. But the fun doesn’t stop there – the game continues…”

Benjamin Kane, from Kings Heath, loved #TDFR so much that it became a regular feature on his Instagram stories and a bit of an ‘in-joke’ around the city.

Ben is a regular on the National Express 50 route and featured in the original video on the operator’s YouTube channel. He commented: “A few years ago I started documenting my attempts at claiming my favourite seat and becoming a commuting champion. I called it #TDFR, which is short for Top Deck, Front Row.

“Over the years, I’ve become quite well known for the #TDFR hashtag and it’s really picked up recently. I knew I was on to something. Something that everyone can relate to – and is fun to do!”

The full results of the National Express West Midlands poll are:

    • TDFR (Top Deck, Front Row) 55.2%
    • BDNTD (Bottom Deck, Next To Driver) 23.3%
    • BDBRMS (Bottom Deck, Back Row, Middle Seat) 12.2%
    • TDBR (Top Deck, Back Row) 9.4%

Other seats which got some love from customers, despite not being in the online poll, included:

  • TDMBS (Top Deck, Middle, Behind Stairs)
  • BDBD (Bottom Deck, Behind Driver)