As DENNIS LAMING explains, National Express Group generates more than 40% of its global turnover in the United States and Canada with a mixture of iconic yellow schoolbuses, fixed route and paratransit urban services and a growing involvement in dedicated employee shuttle contracts

A Type C bonneted Thomas Saf-T-Liner schoolbus operating for Stock Transportation, the National Express subsidiary currently serving three Canadian provinces. It was in the town of Annapolis Royal in Nova Scotia on a Saturday, operating a charter. The chassis is designed by Freightliner, which like Thomas Built Buses is owned by Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler. 

If you are a UK-based reader, you probably still think of National Express primarily as the operator of the white long-distance British scheduled coach service first branded as National in 1972, or as the main provider of local buses in the West Midlands. But it has long since grown into a much bigger international business.

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