National Express West Midlands name a bus after one of their biggest fans

National Express West Midlands has dedicated one of their Platinum buses to local bus enthusiast Alex Boughey.

The special dedication for 11-year-old Alex was unveiled last Saturday (16/11) when he was picked up from home in his very own bus and given a special VIP tour of Pensnett bus depot.

Alex has autism and learning difficulties and recently suffered a loss in the family. In August, National Express teamed up with Signal 107 Radio’s Dicky Dodd and Scott Lyons to surprise Alex with a private bus trip to the local depot in Pensnett.

Alex Boughey with his own National Express West Midlands bus

Alex loved his bus trip so much that the bus operator arranged for a name plaque to be fitted to bus 6942, the same bus that was used for his VIP trip back in August.

Dicky Dodd and Scott Lyons once again collected Alex and his family from their home in Halesowen – only this time it was even more special! They unveiled the dedicated name plaques to Alex on both sides of the vehicle before he and his family were then taken on another VIP trip to the bus depot.

Safely at the garage, Alex was able to press all the different buttons in the drivers’ cab where he enjoyed learning how to open and close the passenger doors and beep the horn as loud as he liked!

While on-site the family were also treated to a short trip in a vintage bus that had been brought over to Pensnett for the special occasion – a 1954 Crossley bodied Daimler in Birmingham City Transport livery.

Alex’s mum Sarah Boughey said:

“Saturday was a very special day for Alex and it was so lovely that he could share it with so many family and friends. Our first VIP visit was magical, so it was really kind of the team to arrange another VIP visit on a bus dedicated to Alex.

“It’s created memories that we will not forget and I’d like to say a massive thank you from the family to all the team that helped to make the occasion so special.”

Dicky Dodd, Breakfast Presenter on Signal 107, said:

“As somebody who has their own name on a National Express West Midlands bus, I remember how it felt the first time I saw it. I know that Alex and his family will smile every time they see “Alex’s bus” when it’s out in service carrying passengers across the West Midlands.

“Saturday was another special day at the Pensnett garage, where a team of people came together for an event that money cannot buy. I was proud to have been a part of the team that has helped create a lifetime memory for Alex and his family.”

Mark Wood, Senior Admin Assistant for National Express West Midlands, said:

“It was a real pleasure to invite Alex and his family back to Pensnett garage and to be able to dedicate a bus to him. We know that Alex often catches our buses into Birmingham when he is out with his grandparents so I am sure he’ll be looking out for his very own bus 6942 whenever he’s travelling along the Hagley Road!”