Kent coach company helps take the sting out of 'back to school'
National Express is helping take the sting out of that 'back to school' feeling by offering commuters in Kent free travel for up to two months.
People who swap their rail season ticket for an annual travel pass with The Kings Ferry, which is part of National Express Group, will be offered the remaining time on their rail pass as free coach travel for up to two months.
This means people will be able to benefit for 14 months coach travel for the price of 12.
People taking advantage of the offer will be in good company. Gillingham-based Kings Ferry, which launched almost thirty years ago recently reported it's on track for a 10 per cent year-on-year rise in the numbers of passenger journeys with National Express revealing rising rail fares and overcrowded trains on key routes from Kent to London have contributed to a record rise in the numbers of people commuting by coach.
The King's Ferry Commercial Director Danny Elford said: "People get engrained in their travel habits with many people choosing the same way to get to work simply because it is something they have always done. We are confident that people making the switch to coach will find it unbeatable in terms of cost-effectiveness, comfort and convenience so we are putting our money where our mouths are. We hope people will take advantage and see all the benefits coach travel has to offer."
Consisting of 36 daily services, The Kings Ferry commuter operation serves central London from Medway, Sittingbourne and the Isle of Sheppey, growing consistently in recent years.
In the context of affordable fares with people in Kent able to save hundreds of pounds by choosing coach , the King's Ferry has benefitted from a route overhaul which has led to reduced journey times, making travel increasingly competitive both in terms of cost and convenience.
Alongside this, guaranteed seats and large-scale investment in internet technology and social media allowing real-time service information has increased the attractiveness of commuting by coach.
The price of travel is also proving a major draw, with many passengers able to save hundreds of pounds each year by opting for coach.
All coaches are also equipped with real time tracking, allowing commuters to check the location of their service via web and mobile devices.
Conveniently, commuters are collected at pick-up points within walking distance of their home and dropped throughout London at key locations including Canary Wharf, Canon Street, Embankment and Westminster, saving the cost of an Oyster Card.
Well in excess of half a million commuters now travel with The King's Ferry each year, a rise of approximately 50,000 extra passenger journeys compared to 2011.
For more information visit www.thekingsferry.co.uk or call 01634 265 510