COVID-19 is impacting UK domestic travel – with coach operator National Express choosing to suspend operations from Sunday 5th April, 23:59 onwards.
The coach operator has been running a reduced network for essential travel only up until now. But with people staying at home, the operator has decided to to temporarily suspend all services.
The operators European Network has been suspended too, with refunds being issued.
Changes and Refunds
For with an upcoming journey with us before 31 May, if you would like to amend your booking, you can do so for free, for travel any time in the next 12 months.
You will need to complete a ticket amendment form before your original outward journey and get back in touch with them when you’re ready to travel again.
If you do not wish to amend your ticket to another date, the company will fully refund you. Refunds will be processed within 28 days.
Full details at https://www.nationalexpress.com/en/help/live-service-updates, including links to get refunds and rebookings.
Services up until 5th April
The following services will run until the suspension of operations. You might need to check the timetables at https://www.nationalexpress.com/en/help/live-service-updates – which also have key changes pick-ups and drop-offs
- Bradford – Leeds – Sheffield – Chesterfield – Derby – Milton Keynes – Heathrow Airport – London
- Liverpool – Manchester – Stoke-on-Trent – Heathrow Airport – London
- Gloucester – Cheltenham – Cirencester – Swindon – Heathrow Airport – London
- Swansea – Cardiff – Newport – Bristol – Bath – Heathrow Airport – London
- Plymouth – Exeter – Taunton – Bristol – Heathrow Airport – London
- Poole – Bournemouth – Ringwood – Basingstoke – Heathrow Airport – London
- Derby – Nottingham – Leicester – Milton Keynes – Heathrow Airport – London
- Hull – Doncaster – Nottingham – Leicester – Milton Keynes – Heathrow Airport – London
- Wolverhampton – Birmingham – Coventry – Heathrow Airport – London
- Edinburgh – Glasgow – Manchester – Birmingham – Heathrow Airport – London
- Portsmouth – Southampton – Winchester – Heathrow Airport – London
- Liverpool – Manchester Airport – Manchester – Chadderton – Bradford – Leeds
- Nottingham – Leicester – Birmingham – Cheltenham – Bristol
- Norwich – Cambridge – Stansted Airport – London
- Ipswich – Colchester – Stansted Airport – London
- Ramsgate – Margate – Canterbury – Maidstone – London
- Newcastle-upon-Tyne – Sunderland – Middlesbrough – Darlington – Leeds – Heathrow Airport – London
- London – Gatwick Airport – Brighton – Worthing
- Manchester – Manchester Airport – Wolverhampton – Birmingham – Birmingham Airport – Coventry
Opinion: A key connectivity option vanishes
Whilst the advice of “Stay at home” applies more than ever at this time, the need for the coach is vanishing. However, it forms a key link in the UK transportation network – be it in the middle of the night when you need to get from A to B, or at a cost that is lower than a rail ticket.
Until the situation beings improving and movement is promoted, for now, National Express coaches will stay in their garages.
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