The National Express East Kent Network successfully launched from our new site in Tilmanstone, close to Deal on 31st July 2017. This network includes routes from Dover, Ramsgate, Folkestone, Deal and Canterbury into London using ten Scania 49 seat coaches with Caetano Levante bodies to standard National Express configuration and has an overall requirement of 34 drivers. Darren Priestley is the Operations Manager for the site, and assisted day to day by Duty Managers Lewis Byrne and Quin Dodkins with support from the team based in Gillingham.
We have recruited mainly new drivers to undertake the network of services, and also had 6 drivers transfer over from the previous operator of the routes. In addition, there has been support from our driver and operations team in Gillingham to ensure strong service delivery.
Lots of work is ongoing at the new site, and we look forward to further infrastructure developments over the coming months – and these include tarmac being laid, the installation of a toilet drop facility, further yard expansion to create additional space.
A bit more information on National Express scheduled services and the East Kent Network
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2016 was a record year for National Express in terms of passenger numbers – we carried 19.5 million passengers, which is our biggest year ever, up by nearly 2 per cent on the previous year. Last year was the company’s 5th consecutive year of passenger growth despite very tough market conditions for bus and coach operators.
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