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NATIOANL EXPRESS -Local coach company driving to a new record

August 20, 2014

ENP Newswire - 20 August 2014

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The coach company is reporting passenger numbers in Kent have driven to reach a record high, with a 14 per cent growth in the numbers of people taking the coach in the past four years. Year-to-date, passenger journeys are up by four per cent compared to 2013.

News comes as the government announces its Retail Price Index, meaning rail fares will substantially increase in January 2015.

The hefty rise is likely to further increase the attractiveness of commuting from Kent to London by coach, an option already favoured by thousands of customers in jobs from all sectors from banking to cleaning.

Indeed, The Kings Ferry's signature yellow vehicles are a fixture on the region's roads making hundreds of thousands of journeys from the region and the heart of London every year.

The Kings Ferry commuter operation consists of 36 daily services to central London from Medway, Sittingbourne and the Isle of Sheppey with commuters collected at pick-up points within walking distance of their home and dropped at key locations throughout central London.

For The Kings Ferry Managing Director Ian Fraser it is this convenience, combined with the value of travelling by coach - which can be up to 25 per cent cheaper than travelling by train - that makes it an unbeatably attractive choice.

He said: 'First and foremost, The Kings Ferry is the value way for travellers in Kent to get to work in central London - even more so in light of today's news on fares. Our affordability is of course key to our customers but it is far from the only reason people travel with us, and stay travelling with us. We carry all kinds of people from cleaners to stockbrokers and time and time again we hear the reason people want to be with us is simply the convenience. We pick people up yards from their door and drop them by their places of work throughout central London, bypassing the need to buy an Oyster Card along the way. Some of our customers have been with us over 30 years and we find once people are with us, enjoying a door-to-door service and a guaranteed seat every day the convenient service is hard to argue with - people don't go back to choosing the train.'

All coaches are also equipped with real time tracking, allowing commuters to check the location of their service via web and mobile devices.

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Source: ENP Newswire

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