New airport service ready for take-off
(L-R): University of Greenwich students Jasvir Bassan and Machej Stokonski, and University of Greenwich Transport Advisor Miriam Sandiford
Fifteen new jobs will be created with the launch of a new Kent to Gatwick Airport National Express coach service which is set to provide the region with a direct, 24/7 airport link.
Starting next month (Monday, December 7), the UK’s largest coach operator is to begin turning the wheels on the new round-the-clock straight-to-the-terminal service – which will be the only means of travelling between Gatwick and Kent direct via public transport.
In a boost to the local economy the new service is set to create 15 new local driving and operations jobs.
It is anticipated the service, which stops at three universities, will be popular among students and people commuting to work at Gatwick Airport as well as holidaymakers and business travellers.
Meanwhile students also stand to gain as the service links the University of Kent, The University of Greenwich and the Canterbury Christ Church University directly to the airport, providing super-convenient transfers for foreign students.
The dedicated National Express service will serve both terminals from locations throughout Kent eight times a day, with journey times taking as little as an hour with tickets on sale now.
Pick up and drop off points will include Canterbury, Chatham, Gillingham, Maidstone, Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate. Travel times will be up to 45 minutes quicker than their rail counterparts, all of which involve at least one change.
The move signifies a significantly enhanced National Express presence at Gatwick – the coach company already serves the airport from London, South Wales, the South Coast, the Midlands and East Anglia, operating hundreds of thousands of passenger journeys a year.
National Express Managing Director Tom Stables said: “Our new services to Gatwick offer a direct link from the airport to Kent by public transport and underline our position as the UK’s number one provider of straight-to-the-airport travel.”
Gatwick Airport Chief Commercial Officer Guy Stephenson said: “With so many passengers and employees regularly travelling between Gatwick and Kent we are delighted that National Express will be providing a direct transport link. By increasing connectivity with Kent and providing the only direct public transport link we look forward to welcoming even more passengers to the airport.”
The new service has also been welcomed by students. University of Greenwich third year pharmacy student Jasvir Bassan, 21, said: “This coach service is going to be incredibly useful to students travelling to and from the airport, saving the cost and inconvenience of getting a train in and out of London instead.”
National Express is Britain’s biggest coach operator serving over 900 destinations, including towns, cities and major airports across the UK. The coach company operates around 19 million journeys each year, around a third of which are to airports.
Online fares start at £5 one-way and the cheapest available fares can be found using a dedicated Low Fare Finder.
To book or for more information visit www.nationalexpress.com