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National Express: the love story

30 years of love, coaches and the M1

You can’t help but enjoy a love story at Christmas, the guy with all the signs in Love Actually or Buddy the Elf winning over Jovie. But did you know we at National Express have our own love story to share?

Meet Simon and Joanne Jones, who are celebrating 25 years of marriage this year. If that wasn’t impressive enough, we were overjoyed to find out our little old coach company was instrumental in them meeting and their relationship lasting.

The two met when Joanne was travelling from Manchester down to her home town of Crawley and Simon, who was on his way to Gatwick Airport for a holiday to Magaluf, took the empty seat next to her at the back of the coach.

“I remember he was listening to Madonna on his walkman.” Joanne recalls, fondly. “It was very loud. The driver made an announcement about a delay and Simon took his headphones off to ask what he had said. We talked the rest of the way to London and exchanged addresses when we got to Victoria.”

“That week I received a postcard from Simon from Magaluf, which I still have to this day. A month later we went on our first date and the rest is history.”


The couple were in a long-distance relationship for two years after that and made their relationship work thanks to weekly visits using National Express. Joanne added, “We have been married 25 years this year and have National Express and the M1 to thank for that.”

If that isn’t as romantic as it gets, we don’t know what is.


Feeling the love this Christmas? Treat yourself to a holiday-season getaway for less with coach tickets starting from £5 and hundreds of destinations to choose from. And if you’re single, who knows, maybe you’ll sit next to the love of your life too!

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Published: 10th August 2019

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