National Express

National Express is proud to be working with The Royal British Legion to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the end of the First World War and recognise the sacrifices of the generation who shaped our world today.

The National Express West Midlands

The National Express West Midlands cenotaph in Kings Heath, Birmingham, bears the names of 236 former Birmingham Tramways employees who lost their lives fighting in the First World War. ‘Trams to Trenches’ is a commemorative sixty-page book commissioned by National Express as a lasting memorial to each and every one of those brave transport workers who left their jobs and fought on our behalf. 1,000 copies of the book were initially printed and published in time for the Armistice centenary in 2014, raising £5,000 for the Royal British Legion.

This year, we have partnered with The Royal British Legion’s Thank You movement in remembrance of the First World War generation and to show our continued respect and support for communities impacted by conflict.

Trains to Trenches and fundraising

Trams to Trenches has been reprinted with all proceeds once again going to The Royal British Legion. We are also asking our customers to donate £1 to The Royal British Legion whenever they purchase a coach ticket throughout 2018.

This November, we publicly showed our support by saying Thank You to all who served, sacrificed and changed our world with messages displayed on our 2,000 plus vehicles, bus tickets and online on our website and social media channels.

We also fundraised with staff and customers across all of our offices, bus depots and coach stations - whilst providing free transport to support the efforts of charity collectors in the West Midlands.

Remembrance Sunday

On Remembrance Sunday an event to include the laying of a wreath was held at the Cenotaph. All buses stopped at 11am and the two minutes silence was observed in our coach stations.