MP takes her seat...on her very own bus

Plush leather seats, suits, wifi and the latest security, it may sound like Westminster but it is in fact National Express West Midlands new Platinum service.  Birmingham Yardley’s new MP Jess Philips helped launch the new service and took a seat on a bus named in her honour.

Birmingham’s newest MP visited National Express West Midlands to see some of the £4 million new vehicles that will be operating in her constituency only to find that one had been named after her

The 18 new vehicles, which operate on the 900 and 957 services passing Birmingham airport, will have drivers in suits and each route will have a dedicated manager who will be responsible for making sure that buses run on time and responding directly to customers' concerns.

The vehicles are ultra low emission with Euro 6 engines and will reduce harmful emissions such as NOx by 75% and greatly reduce carbon footprint.

The buses look completely different from other buses on the region’s roads.  The new vehicles have an eye catching grey exterior with flashes of brilliant red – unlike anything currently on the roads of the West Midlands.

On a previous visit to a local National Express West Midlands garage Jess had commented that she loved the idea of naming buses in the region after women and girls.  As a result the bus operator surprised the MP by naming one of the new buses 'Jess'.

Over 380 of the region’s buses are now named after female staff as well as daughters, granddaughters, wives and mothers of people working in the business.  The names range from Abbi to Zuzanna. 

Jess Phillips, MP for Birmingham Yardley, said:

“It is great news National Express West Midlands is investing so heavily in services in my constituency.  The new buses are really luxurious, they have loads of leg room, free wifi and the driver is even wearing a suit.  Local people will really notice the difference when they get on these buses and to have one named after me is a real honour!”

Peter Coates, Managing Director of National Express West Midlands said:

“Our new Platinum buses will transform bus travel in the West Midlands giving customers more leg room and free wifi.  The buses, which are all built in Britain, will also have more comfortable seats, better lighting and crystal clear CCTV.  It is a pleasure to name one after Jess who has been very supportive of the work we have done to improve bus travel in the region.”

Published 3rd June 2015