Late night shopper services added to festive bus timetable

National Express West Midlands has today announced its Christmas and New Year services and is reminding customers to use the new app to ensure they make the most of their time at the shops. The bus operator will run more services than ever before over the festive period and will run late night services to shopping centres such as Merry Hill.

Christmas bus services will start on Thursday 19 December when extra late night services will be provided to Merry Hill, running until midnight. The late night shopper services will run until midnight Monday 23 December.

National Express West Midlands' new Smartphone app, which can be downloaded from the app store for free, provides customers with real-time information on the services and ensures that they can make the most of their last ten minutes in the shop without missing their bus. So far 75,000 have downloaded the app with the operator expecting a big increase in use during the Christmas period.

Saturday timetables with some extra early buses will run on Monday 23rd December, Christmas Eve, Friday 27th December, Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st December. Normal timetables will apply over the weekend between Christmas and New Year. There are no buses on Christmas Day but many more buses are running Boxing Day than in previous years. On Boxing Day Sunday timetables will apply on all routes until approx 6.30 pm with many key routes running until their normal end of service at around 11.30 pm.

New Year's Day buses will operate Sunday timetables with normal services resuming on Thursday 2 January 2014.

Peter Coates, Managing Director of National Express West Midlands said: "Our services are a great value way to avoid the Christmas traffic. Our mobile app will help plan your shopping trip so you have time to grab that one last present. Christmas shopping is stressful enough without sitting in the inevitable traffic jams that build up around shopping centres, so we are running more services later into the evening than ever before to help shoppers go into the festive period with a bit more cheer.

Published 10th December 2013