National Express

National Express

December 21, 2011 10:22 ET

Great Christmas Getaway Starts on Thursday

22 December Predicted As Busiest Day for Christmas Travel

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 21, 2011) - National Express on 19 December 2011 reported that Thursday 22 December will be the busiest day for its coaches on the roads this Christmas. Extra coaches are being added to the network everyday and more than 15,000 extra seats have already been laid on across the country in response to increased demand.

And for those who haven't yet booked their travel home, National Express is continuing to increase the number of coach seats available with coach travel to London, London Heathrow Airport and Birmingham currently topping the charts.

For people travelling to airports for warmer or snowier climates, Saturday 17 December is the busiest day over Christmas closely followed by 27 December.

Across the National Express UK network, a normal service will operate everyday apart from Boxing Day and New Years Day when a slightly reduced coach timetable will operate. On Christmas Day services will operate into Scotland and on the Hotel Hoppa linking hotels with the terminals at Heathrow airport.

Andrew Cleaves, Managing Director, National Express coach comments: "We're driving people home for Christmas in comfort and safety - everybody is guaranteed a seat and we have plenty of space to store Christmas presents."

"Our 24 hour control centre will work closely the Highways Agency if any adverse weather conditions prevail to keep Britain moving. There are still seats available on many coach services and extra coaches are being added to cater for demand."

To find more information visit and enter in the journey details to find the Christmas timetable or call the National Express call centre 24/7 everyday apart from Christmas day on 08717 81 81 78 (hours may vary in between Christmas and New Years Day).

National Express offer a wide range of coachcards to help reduce the cost of travel for regular users including the Young Persons Coachcard, Senior Coachcard and Family Coachcard.

Notes to editors:

Capture the Great Christmas Getaway - interview and filming opportunities are available at coach stations around the UK.

National Express provide Britain's only scheduled national coach network, serving more than 1,000 destinations with 21 million passenger journeys each year across the UK.

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