Unruly National Express driver takes passengers on ‘ride from hell’

Published on : Tuesday, June 25, 2019

According to a woman passenger, a National Express bus driver took passengers on a “horrific and abusive” ride from Heathrow to Exeter, a passenger has said.


She said the driver did an emergency stop on the M5, swore at passengers and arrived two hours late.


Former deputy head teacher Beth Lees, 50, from Exeter, said: “It was a journey from hell.”
National Express said the driver had been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation.


Ms Lees, who had flown in from a holiday in Athens, said the coach arrived more than two hours late at 21:10 BST on Saturday.


She said the driver was “clearly in a bad mood” and was “grumpy and moaning”.


After getting onto the M5 they came off soon afterwards and “for an hour-and-a-half we roamed the countryside”.


She said: “He was clearly lost. A couple of ladies went up and said he was going the wrong way. He was saying ‘… off, it’s my ……. coach, I’m ….. driving it.”


At one point, she said the driver was “trying to force someone off the coach in the middle of nowhere”.


Some passengers offered to help the driver with directions and she said it “was getting quite scary”.


When they got back onto the M5 an alarm started.


“Eventually he slammed on his brakes and veered onto the hard shoulder,” she said.
The coach pulled into Exeter at 01:40 BST and Ms Brewer told the driver she had “never been on such an appalling journey”.


National Express said it was concerned to hear the complaints and was investigating them as a priority.


It said all reports of unacceptable behaviour were taken very seriously.


National Express has issued complimentary tickets to passengers at Heathrow because of the delays, a statement said.


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