Archive for January 2014

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Archive for January 2014

Coach Tracker for Android

Introducing The Kings Ferry Coach Tracker for Android

As part of our on-going commitment to improving our service for all our customers, we would like to introduce the very first Kings Ferry coach tracker app for Android handsets.

We are aware that a large percentage of our commuters use android devices and therefore have been working hard in developing an app that will improve their experience with us and ultimately make commuting with The Kings Ferry as tress free as possible.

As the Android version is our latest release, it includes a brand new timetable section to view scheduled times at any time before they're in service. (The iOS version will be updated with this feature soon.)

Coach Tracker features:

  • Track your coach and find your stop.
  • Shows scheduled and estimated time of departure for each stop.
  • Search stops by name, distance or route.
  • Save favourite stops for easy access.
  • Integrated commuter update twitter feed.
  • New timetable section for easy journey planning prior to travelling.
  • New and improved user interface.
  • Help section.

For a more detailed look or to download the app click below

Coach Tracker London Service

Coach Tracker North Bristol Service

Coach Vs Train

BBC Radio Kent: Commuter Coach Feature

Ben Bhattal, Head of Sales: promoting the benefits of commuting by coach with The Kings Ferry.

 

A guaranteed seat on board a comfortable air-conditioned coach at around 25% less than the cost of a train and a 96% customer satisfaction rate are just a few reasons why more and more commuters are turning to travelling to work by coach with The Kings Ferry. BBC Radio Kent decided to highlight this fact on their Breakfast show, hosted by John Warnett and Clare McDonnell, by running a feature which pitted coach against train. In a rolling side-by-side comparison of coach vs train into the city, it included regular updates throughout the three hour programme from a reporter on the Kings Ferry coach and Chris Hill from the Alliance of Kent commuters on the train.

“Good morning, on a very quiet commuter coach, it’s absolutely packed. They all have their headphones on… we are just going past the service at Gravesend…I got on about 7/8 minutes ago, lovely and warm, nice comfortable seats, plenty of leg-room and in less than an hour I should be in Canary Wharf, a pretty speedy service…..terrific.”  
Phil Harrison – BBC Radio Kent Reporter

 

The Kings Ferry Head of Sales, Ben Bhattal was on-board and conducted a live interview. The comparison was a good chance to really see how the service stands up against the general perception that it takes longer by coach.

“Peoples general perception is that the coach takes longer, but this service we are currently on is scheduled to arrive in Canary Wharf in just under an hour.”
Ben Bhattal – The Kings Ferry

 

And it did just that, the commuter coach arrived just under the hour mark, ahead of the train, which had stopped due to unknown problems. 

Large increases in rail fares are also contributing to the shift. A typical annual season ticket by train will cost between £3500-£4000, the Kings Ferry commuter prices for a similar route and ticket range from £2060 to £2725.

The Kings Ferry: We have a great operations team who work very hard to inform the drivers of any traffic or issues and help them negotiate the routes; we also have a smartphone app so you can track your coach and avoid any unnecessary waiting…

BBC Radio: So you’re reliable, you’re cheap and efficient, and you can use the bus lanes…

The show is available to listen again on the BBC website:

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751 - Crown Road Closure

We have received notification from Kent County Council that Crown Road in Sittingbourne will be closed from Thursday 9th January 2014 for two days.

The road will be closed between the junctions of B2006 and High Street (Milton Regis) to enable urgent carriageway repairs to be carried out.

On Thursday 9th January 2014 and Friday 10th January 2014 all of our 751 services will be diverting via Saffron Way and Mill Way.

We will be unable to serve our normal AM and PM bus stops located on North Street, Milton High Street and Crown Road.  We will instead be serving the bus stop on Mill Way located outside the Asda Supermarket and the bus stop on St. Paul’s Street before picking up our normal route at Chalkwell Road.

We will be returning to our normal route from Monday 13th January 2014.

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