The Red Express

The Red Express
Transdev Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini 2 X2 VTD (3602) on Chorlton Street in ManchesterIan Hale

Transdev has launched Red Express, the new brand for its fast interurban X41 route between Blackburn, Accrington, Haslingden and Manchester city centre.

One of the first changes is a revised, simplified timetable. Many times will stay the same, but there will be a few tweaks to improve punctuality and all buses will now run between Blackburn, Accrington and Manchester.

This means that rush hour buses between Great Harwood and Accrington will no longer run (through tickets are available to change from the 6/7 in Accrington, so all is not lost for the few customers that used these journeys!) – these buses will run to and from Blackburn instead.

The big news though is the amazing buses that Transdev is bringing to its passengers. All the refurbished high-spec double-deck buses feature red, coach leather seats as standard, with lots of room for passengers to spread out and make themselves comfortable.

There is free 4G WiFi on board as well as USB charging points at every seat – so passengers can stay connected during their journey, and that’s a much better use of your time than bring stuck in a car!

Externally, these buses are decked in an attractive red and blue livery, in the new Red Express brand, so you won’t be able to miss them.

Alex Hornby, CEO of Transdev, commented: “The new look Red Express is further evidence of our plans to revitalise local bus travel and enhance our customers’ journey experience. We have put in serious effort to make the buses used great places to be – being high-specified with a range of creature comforts to make travelling a pleasure.

“Research also tells us that customers like being greeted by a friendly face, so we have focused a dedicated team of drivers on the Red Express taking them on their fast journeys between Blackburn, Accrington and Manchester. It’s the ideal way for Lancashire to connect to the big city.”

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  • Great Harwood traveller
    May 27, 2017, 10:43 am

    "buses between Great Harwood and Accrington will no longer run"

    Perhaps if Transdev gave rural people a reliable service they could trust not to be taken away on the whim of some bean-counter in Harrogate, they might include the company’s product in their long-term commuting plans and passenger numbers would increase.

    We’re told to "change from the 6/7 in Accrington", but that service doesn’t run early enough to connect with the 05:38 departure.

    Has Alex Hornby ever studied the Beeching debacle and the decline of rural communities which followed?

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