North Somerset commuters to get a royal service
North Somerset is getting brand new coach commuter services offering thousands of car users a stress-free journey to work.
It has been announced today that luxury coach firm The Kings Ferry, which is part of National Express Group, is to run two commuter services to business areas in Bristol and South Gloucestershire, after being awarded the contract by North Somerset Council.
The services are due to launch in the Autumn and will be funded by the Council for two years, with The Kings Ferry set to fund them for a further two.
The Kings Ferry coaches will pick passengers up from Weston-Super-Mare and Portishead, running along two commuter corridors at morning and evening rush hours.
Currently 3,500 North Somerset commuters who travel in by car have few alternatives as there are no direct public transport services and limited rail options.
The Kent-based firm, which has nearly 30 years experience of carrying commuters from Kent into the City of London, is to supply four luxury vehicles kitted out with reclining seats, air conditioning, drinks machines, TV screens and wireless internet.
All coaches are also equipped with real time tracking, allowing commuters to check the location of their service via web and mobile devices.
Last year The Kings Ferry saw a record rise in passenger numbers using its Kent to London service - taking the total number of passenger journeys to well over half a million a year - as commuters are swayed by competitive prices, guaranteed seats, and real-time vehicle tracking.
Travelling by coach is also the most environmentally friendly form of public transport - generating five times less Co2 per passenger than the average car journey.
The Kings Ferry Commercial Director Danny Elford said: "We are delighted to be involved in this exciting partnership with North Somerset Council. Every year we've seen more and more commuters switching to the coach because it's comfortable, great value and you're guaranteed a seat. What's more we communicate constantly with our customers, providing instant service information and traffic updates to ensure their journey to work is as relaxing as possible.
"We are certain this region has the fundamental elements needed for a successful service," he added.
For more information visit www.thekingsferry.co.uk or call 01634 265 510.