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Company to spend £22m on new buses

A bus firm says it's planning to spend £22m on new double-decker vehicles this year.

An example of one of the new buses
National Express West Midlands

National Express West Midlands says the vehicles will have extra leg-room, free wi-fi and USB chargers.

The company also says it's freezing the cost of fares bought with cash.

Results round-up

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There are lots of results today, so here's a round-up of the headline figures

  • AstraZenca: Interim revenue down 1% at $10.3bn. Pre-tax profit down 27% at $786m.
  • British American Tobacco: Interim sales up to £11.6bn from £7.4bn. Pre-tax profits up to £3.9bn from £3bn.
  • Smith & Nephew: Interim sales up to $2.4bn from $2.3bn. Pre-tax profit fell to $341m from $383m.
  • National Express: Interim sales up to £1.2bn from £1.1bn. Pre-tax profit rose to £100.7m from £88.9m.
  • Virgin Money: Interim total income rose by 4.8% to £343m. Pre-tax profit rose by 2.7% to £127.2m.

Can you help find these bus workers?

Two bus workers, photographed on the last day conductors worked on West Midlands buses, are being traced by the man who took the image.

Bus workers with vehicle
John Robinson

Photographer John Robinson captured the image of the former workers on Westley Road, Acocks Green, Birmingham, in March 1978.

He said: “I think at the time I took the photograph it was a crew changeover, so if it was the end of their shift the conductress will have just issued her last tickets and would probably have been a very poignant moment for her.”

To mark the 40-year anniversary, National Express West Midlands has offered to help John recreate the same scene, and is appealing for anyone who might recognise the pair to get in touch.

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