Passenger numbers rise with the barometer for National Express Dundee

Dundee service 5 hybrid to Broughty Ferry

Bus operator sees 19% rise in passengers and revenue during heat wave.

National Express Dundee has seen a surge in customers making the most of the current heat wave and heading for Broughty beach.

Over the past four weekends, the bus operator has carried almost a fifth more passengers on the number 5, which runs between the city centre, the west end and Broughty Ferry, than in 2012.

The figures show 18.7% more people using Service 5 at the end of June and beginning of July, than the same time last year; that equates to just over 20 thousand passengers.

Phil Smith, Managing Director of National Express Dundee says it's a welcome side-effect of the warm weather: "We're very lucky in this city that we have easy access to such a large, clean beach as the one at Broughty Ferry and it's well served by our number 5, as well as the new Outer Circle services.

An almost 20% percent increase in passengers is a remarkable rise. I'm pleased that people are choosing to leave their cars behind in search of the sun - it means they can relax and enjoy the fantastic weather on the beach or at the local beer garden - without having to worry about driving or parking!"

Published 16th July 2013