National Express sees huge surge in passenger numbers on services linking Manchester to North West

The figures come several months after extra services on the Transpennine route were installed
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Coach operator National Express has announced a huge increase in passenger numbers on some of its Manchester routes. The company has said numbers are up on services connecting Manchester to other Northern locations. 

On May 5 2023, National Express increased the number of services between Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool from eight to 13 a day to meet demand. The company also invested in increasing its fleet, adding three new vehicles to serve these routes.

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In the last four months May to August 2023), the UK’s leading scheduled coach operator has seen a 49% increase in passengers using these services. This increase is when compared to the previous four month period of January to April 2023.   

John Boughton, Commercial Director for National Express, said: “We’ve all seen the challenges that rail in the north west is having. People deserve a reliable and affordable public transport system so we are stepping up to meet demand. 2023 has been hugely busy across our Trans Pennine services so far and customers are switching to our coaches because it’s reliable, great value and you’re guaranteed a seat. 

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“With significant investment in our new and enhanced services, we are making it even easier for our customers to enjoy a relaxing, comfortable journey with us and we look forward to welcoming even more customers onboard.”