Travellers turn to coaches as trains are cancelled over Christmas

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National Express have had a flurry of Christmas coach bookings for Milton Keynes - including for services on Christmas Day - following news that trains will be disrupted during the festive period.

The firm’s advance booking figures for services to and from the city between December 1 and January 4 have increased nearly seven per cent compared to 12 months ago, with thousands already booked to travel.

This comes after news that engineering works on the West Coast Mainline will mean no direct train service between Milton Keynes and London between 5pm on Christmas Eve until Sunday, December 28, with rail passengers having to take replacement buses get to the capital.

National Express will run 17 direct daily coach services each way between Milton Keynes and London during the disruption, and on Christmas Day and Boxing Day coach services will continue to serve the town when the train services are completely suspended.

National Express UK Coach managing director Tom Stables said: “We are offering the nation the most comprehensive network of public transport services on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, ensuring those in Milton Keynes who still want to visit their friends, relatives and loved ones can still do so.

“With rail disruption threatening to spoil the festive getaway for some, we’re pleased to ensure people all over the UK have an easy ride this Christmas with our unbeatably convenient network of coaches, and it is no surprise to see coach bookings soaring.”