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Clarkes of London join the business

Clarkes of London

We are pleased to announce that National Express (UK Coach) have completed the acquisition of Clarkes of London.

This is a really exciting time for us as we further strengthen our service offering with the inclusion of the multi-award winning Clarkes team.

Clarkes’ is a fantastic company with a proud history and an excellent record of delivering high-quality services and is a welcome addition to our business. We look forward to an exciting future together.

Sky Sports EFL 10 in 10 Coach

The Sky Sports Team took to the road this week in our luxury VIP coaches complete with Sky Sports branding to kick off their EFL 10 in 10 event, a mouth-watering 19 Sky Bet EFL matches - including 10 games in 10 days.

The Sky Sports Team and Fans took to the road this week in our luxury VIP coaches complete with Sky Sports branding to kick off their EFL 10 in 10 event, a mouth-watering 19 Sky Bet EFL matches - including 10 games in 10 days.

Our premium lounge coaches will be offered to a select group of Sky Sports fans so they can enjoy the 'Ultimate Coach Journey Experience' visiting each game of the 10 day tour, and (as shown in the Sky Sports video) come complete with everything they could ever need or wish for, including the kitchen sink! Danny Higgingbotham is interviewed in the rear lounge and looks calm and relaxed in private area to the rear of the coach perfect kicking back and enjoying the ride. See the full interview here http://www.skysports.com/watch/video/sports/football/10689130/10-in-10-set-for-kick-off 

10 in 10 is screened live in December as part of a festive football feast on Sky Sports. The televised matches kicked off with QPR hosting Wolves on Thursday, December 1 before Championship promotion favourites Newcastle made the trip to Nottingham Forest. The opening weekend of the festive calendar saw Leeds and Aston Villa go head-to-head in front of the cameras for their first meeting in almost 13 years.

Get a VIP Upgrade

Get a Free VIP Upgrade

If you're looking to celebrate this Christmas in style, make an impression on your business clients or need a luxury vehicle for your next product launch you're in luck.

You could get a free upgrade to one of our sumptuous VIP vehicles if you book with us this year (2016). Just quote 'VIPUpgrade' when you quote with us! If we have a VIP vehicle available for your hire we will upgrade you free of charge. Terms and conditions apply.

All you need to do is submit your quote online by clicking below or by calling one of our friendly reservations team who will be happy to discuss your requirements, remember to mention the offer or add it in your information on your quote.

Quote 'VIPUpgrade'

So if you need group transport for any occasion and you want a reliable company with a great reputation get in touch with The Kings Ferry today.

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Terms and Conditions

Valid for new quotations only. Offer is subject to availability only. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Booking must be confirmed on or before 31st December 2016. Offer applicable to standard tariff customers only, customers already on discounted tariffs/rates cannot use this offer. Unless otherwise stated the price will be based on an Executive vehicle of a size that covers your passenger numbers and the upgrade is only applicable to 1 coach per hire.

Early Bird Offer 25% OFF Theme Parks

Book by Xmas Eve and get up to 25% Off your tickets!

If you're thinking of visiting THORPE PARK Resort or Chessington World of Adventures Resort next year then you're in luck!

We have partnered with Merlin to bring you a great 'Early Bird' discount if you book your 2017 trip complete with quality coach travel with The Kings Ferry before 24th December (Christmas Eve).

You can get up to 25% Off your entry tickets.

What's more... you can also take advantage of our own End of Year coach hire offer and get 10% off your coach too!

As Coach Operator of the Year 2016, The Kings Ferry know how to look after customers and are experienced in educational trips. We will make sure the day goes without a hitch. Experience unrivalled customer service and travel in modern, stylish and comfortable vehicles at a much lower price than you would expect from an industry leader such as ourselves.

Submit a no obligation quote below or call us today and we will be more than happy to help.

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Terms and Conditions

Offer only applies to Chessington World of Adventures Resort and THORPE PARK Resort. Actual saving may depend on the dates that you are booked to travel. Only applies to hires travelling in 2017. All bookings must be received by 4pm 24th December 2016.

Bruges Xmas Market Day Trip

Bruges Christmas Market Day Trip 26th November

26th November 2016

£30 Per Person

There can't be many settings more beautiful at Christmas than medieval Bruges, with its cobbled streets, historic buildings and horse drawn carts plodding by. Bruges also hosts the magical Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival which is definitely worth a visit.

Beautiful medieval squares lit with colourful lights, pleasant shopping at the typical Christmas market or in the magically decorated shopping streets, skating on the ice rink on the Grote Markt, or just enjoy the atmosphere in the many restaurants and cafes with nice food and hot chocolate!

Colourful lights illuminate festive stalls Grote Markt and on Simon Stevinplein crammed with Christmas goodies, where shoppers can browse tables laden with elegantly-packaged chocolates, brightly-coloured sweets and unusual hand-made decorations. There will be stalls and an ice-rink on the Market Square and stalls on Simon Stevinplein.

For just £30 per person The Kings Ferry will provide luxury, comfortable coach transport to Bruges and back in a day. There is a choice of 3 local pickups across Medway and Swale. Times and itineraries will be released nearer the trip.

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10% Off Coach Hire This Christmas

10% Off Your Coach Hire This Christmas - Our Gift to You

As we are soon entering the season of good will, The Kings Ferry is giving everyone a little present. You can get 10% off your coach hire if you book and confirm in 2016. Just think of us as the fourth King, bringing great value, reliable and safe transport to all this festive season.

All you need to do submit your quote online by clicking below or by calling one of our friendly reservations team who will be happy to discuss your requirements, remember to mention the discount or add it in your information on your quote.

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So if you need group transport for any occasion and you want a reliable company with a great reputation get in touch with The Kings Ferry today.

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Terms and Conditions

Valid for new quotations only. Booking must be confirmed on or before 31st December 2016. 10% discount applies to the cost of the coach hire only and is not applicable to any extras on the booking. Discount applicable to standard tariff prices only, customers already on discounted tariffs/rates cannot use this offer.

New Digital Radio System

The Kings Ferry Driver - On Route

The Kings Ferry is pleased to announce that we have invested in a brand new digital 2-way radio system for our coach fleet.

This state of the art communications system is already fitted to a large proportion of our fleet and offers unbeatable communication between our drivers and operations team with the best possible levels of coverage. You will also be pleased to hear that the new system does not suffer the interference linked with analogue systems.
 
This new system will offer great improvements in our ability to react to changing traffic conditions and ultimately give opportunity for our drivers to be routed in the most effective way available to us both in and out of London. This will help us to deliver the best possible commute for our customers.
 
Further enhancements to the system are already on the horizon. We plan to bring targeted on-board audio announcements direct from our operations team to our customers in the near future. This will keep our customers better informed of service announcements and important alerts once on-board the coach.

Watch out for more important news and announcements in our Quarterly Newsletter in November

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Macmillan Coffee Morning Tomorrow
Friday 30th September 2016

Tomorrow we will be taking part in the world's biggest coffee morning by providing Tea-cakes on-board all of our commuter services to accompany your morning coffee. All donations are welcomed for this very important cause.

Have your Cake and Eat it

Monster Christmas Ball

Monster Christmas Ball

If you're looking for a great Christmas Party then look no further than Monster Christmas Ball. Any coach booked for the Monster Ball will receive a 15% discount on their coach hire price PLUS a FREE bottle of wine per table courtesy of The Kings Ferry.

Enjoy an evening of Traditional Christmas Extravaganza, with your friends and colleagues this Christmas. Party the night away in a fully themed, purpose built venue in a convenient location just off the A2 near Canterbury. There will be welcome drinks and canapés for your party on arrival. This is followed by a delicious five course Traditional Christmas dinner.

 

Monster Christmas Ball Prices

£52.50 PER PERSON - 7.30 UNTIL 12:30am!

ONE FULLY INCLUSIVE TICKET PRICE INCLUDES:

Entrance to our purpose built fully themed traditional Christmas party venue.

Complimentary welcome drinks and canapés and table wine 4 course Winter Feast, plus coffee.

  • Live Music
  • Fun Casino
  • Close up Magician to get the party started

Entrance to the Monster Christmas Ball Nightclub which includes :-

  • Stunning sound and light system
  • Dance floor
  • Top local DJ

Entrance to the Monster Christmas Ball Fun Casino with play money and prizes

Entrance to the Monster Christmas Ball games room where the fun comes at no extra cost!

Fully licensed Monster Christmas Ball Bar (Pay Bar)

All set under our starlit canopy and themed Christmas venue.

Visit the Monster Ball website for more info

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Booking terms and conditions Monster Christmas Ball

Terms and conditions for Monster Christmas Ball ticket holders/ e-tickets holders.

Your ticket is either your e-ticket received from when you make your booking or your email confirmation and receipt issued upon making your final payment. Payment of your full ticket price is acceptance of the following terms and conditions.

  1. The event promoter and/or the venue operator reserves the right in combination with any other statements or directives which may be shown on the ticket or displayed on the website or in the venue to refuse admission or eject a ticket holder or member of the ticket holders group or party for behaviour likely to cause damage, injury or nuisance or annoyance or failure to comply with the reasonable requests of the management of the event.

  2. Conduct safety searches to ensure the safety of patrons if deemed appropriate by the on-site security personnel.

  3. No alcohol to be brought into the venue.

Purchase of a ticket either as an individual or as a group signifies acceptance that:

  1. The venue shall not be liabe for any loss or damage or injury to property or persons within the venue or it's perimeter including car park area.

  2. The venue is observed as a NON SMOKING area except for the designated smoking area.

  3. Tickets may not be exchanged nor money refunded unless the event is cancelled or postponed.

  4. The event organiser may change the programme of the event from that advertised.

  5. If the event is cancelled by the promoter a full refund of the face value of the ticket will be granted unless the ticket has already been used.

  6. No refunds will be granted to ticket holders or to individuals within a group booking if they are unable to attend the event.

  7. If the event is cancelled due to bad weather by the promoter a refund will be given or opportunity to exchange the booking date to another available date.

  8. No refunds will be given to tickets holders or to individuals within a group booking if they are unable to travel to the venue due to poor weather conditions.

  9. Persons under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket.

Your statutory rights are not affected by our terms and conditions.

Not be used in conjunction with another discounted coach hire offer.

 

£50 LOVE2SHOP For Christmas Party Bookers

£50 Love2Shop voucher for xmas party bookers!

Let The Kings Ferry take care of your Christmas Party this year.

The Kings Ferry will take care of everything, all you will need to do is choose your venue. (And where to spend your vouchers!)

Organising the Christmas party is an important job. Everyone is relying on you to provide them with a memorable night out.

Stylish and luxurious transport is a must to compliment the amazing party you have in store. Make it a Christmas party to remember, travel with The Kings Ferry and we'll reward you (because your colleagues won't!) with a £50 Love2Shop voucher.

To benefit from this great offer talk to one of our friendly reservations team or submit a quote request online and quote 'LOVE2SHOP'

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This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

Fleet Replacement Program

New Fleet Arrivals 2016

Our continued investment in new vehicles has seen a further seven brand new vehicles join the fleet since May 2016.

The latest arrivals include 4 x 49 seat Mercedes Tourismos (pictured) and 3 x Vanhool state of the art VIP vehicles, all offering a superior level of comfort for our passengers. The new luxury VIP vehicles will be used for professional sports teams such as Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. and Charlton Athletic. We are also expecting delivery of 10 more brand new Mercedes Tourismos at the turn of the year.

Our seven year replacement program means that by 2020 every single Kings Ferry vehicle will meet the stringent Euro six emission standard required for London’s new Ultra Low Emission Zone. Since 2010 we have invested over £20m updating our fleet to ensure that when you travel with The Kings Ferry you receive value for money and the very best levels of comfort and reliability. As a further example of our commitment to safety and excellence we continue to work towards our Bs 14001 accreditation.

As always your opinion of these new vehicles is appreciated to help us assess not only operational cost and environmental impact but also how they make you the customer feel.

Where will this Summer take you?

where will this summer take you?

As the good old British weather tries to decide whether it is summer or not, now is the time to make the most of the better weather before it's gone for good! And to help you do that we have some great day trips and attractions to get your ideas flowing - what's more we have introduced a special 'August Saver Rate' to help you save money on August trips and really make it a summer to remember.

If you book coach hire to travel in August before 20th August, we will give you over 20% off* our vehicle rates! You can't say fairer than that.

Now let's see where this summer can take you....

Notting Hill Carnival
An annual event that has taken place since 1966 on the streets of Notting Hill, and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London, England, each August over two days.
August bank holiday Monday and the preceding Sunday, 28th/29th.

Bristol Balloon Fiesta
The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is held annually England. Teams from the UK and other parts of the world bring their hot air balloons to the site and participate in mass ascents where as many as 100 balloons may launch at a time.
Thursday 11 to Sunday 14 August

Portsmouth International Kite Festival
Promises to be more spectacular than ever with over a hundred invited kite fliers from 4 continents travelling to the event. They come because the Portsmouth International Kite Festival is recognised as one of the best Kite Festivals in the world — in fact it is listed as one of the 23 biggest kite festivals in the world as well as being recently voted a “Great of Great Britain” event in the Great Day Out category.
13 & 14 August

Broadstairs Folk Week
Broadstairs Folk Week takes place all over the town, with thousands of people enjoying free events, concerts, dances, workshops and a festival for the whole family to enjoy.
5 - 12 August

Buckingham Palace Summer Opening
Visit the official London residence of the Queen, this summer. Buckingham Palace is one of the world's few remaining working royal palaces. Explore the lavishly furnished State Rooms, containing some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection.
Until 2 October

Theme Park & Attractions - Up to 35% off entrance fees
For a fun day trip for a group or an action packed educational outing without the hassle, why not let The Kings Ferry do all the hard work for you! We are offering fantastic travel and entrance fee packages to the most popular theme parks. See more here

These are just a few examples of how you can make the most of the summer, and make the most of our special August Saver Rate!

For a no hassle, no obligation quote call one of our friendly reservations team today or submit a quick quote.

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August Saver Rate

*Terms apply: Booking must travel in August 2016 and be booked before 20th August. 20% off is an average discount applied when reducing from our 'mid-rate' to our 'saver-rate'. Actual discount applied depends on vehicle size and date and may be more or less than 20%. The discount is applied to the vehicle base rate only, it is not applicable to extra drivers, extras or extra mileage costs. Non contracted clients only.

How we are celebrating her Majesty’s special milestone

The Queens Ferry Coach - Happy Birthday Ma'am

The Kings Ferry is undergoing a special rebrand for the first time in its forty-eight year history – in honour of Her Majesty the Queen.

The Kings Ferry is changing its name to ‘The Queens Ferry’ - in a unique tribute for the Queen’s landmark 90th birthday (Sunday, June 12).

In the run-up to the special occasion, the firm’s 40-strong commuter coach fleet will this week (Monday, June 6 – Sunday, June 12) bear the new name on its destination blinds, while the company’s website will also be changed.

The Kings Ferry coaches are a familiar sight throughout Kent, with 40 daily services from locations across the county to the heart of London, including Canary Wharf, Cannon Street and Westminster. 

It is hoped therefore the firm’s ‘new-look’ will turn a few heads and bring a smile to the faces of people going to work as the whole nation gears up to celebrate the amazing milestone, with street parties expected across the land.  

To celebrate the rebrand, driver Simon Martin, was on-hand to unveil a specially-liveried new coach said:

“We’re really proud to do our bit in marking Her Majesty the Queen’s special birthday. I’m hoping the tribute will raise some smiles on the morning commute as the whole country gets in gear to celebrate”.  

The Queens Ferry Managing Director Ian Fraser added:

“All our drivers and staff join the nation in expressing our very warmest wishes for the Queen’s 90th birthday. June 12 is a monumental milestone in Her Majesty’s reign and we are thrilled to play our part in marking it”.

Simon Martin - Showing the Queens Ferry logo

Kings Ferry to provide team coaches for Soccer Aid 2016

The Kings Ferry will be at the heart of the action in Manchester this weekend when we provide the team coaches for the Soccer Aid 2016

Every two years, Soccer Aid brings together two teams of celebrities and football legends from England and the Rest of the World for the biggest charity celebrity football match in the calendar.

Soccer Aid started in 2006 as a brainwave of Unicef UK ambassador Robbie Williams and Jonathan Wilkes. Now in its 10th year, the event has raised an amazing £17 million for Unicef’s work for children and has involved legendary players Diego Maradona, Zinedine Zidane and Teddy Sheringham as well as music, film and TV stars from around the globe.

This year the match will be played at Old Trafford on Sunday 5 June 2016 to help raise even more vital funds to save and change children's lives.

Your Soccer Aid donations will help Unicef provide children with nutritious food, vaccines and clean water, as well as protecting them from violence, exploitation and abuse. What's more, every penny you donate will be doubled by the UK government.

Kings Ferry is delighted to be providing the official coaches which are wrapped top to toe in Soccer Aid branding and are looking forward to a memorable weekend.

Kings Ferry is a leading provider of VIP coach transport for professional sports teams, providing complete travel management for numerous football clubs, as well as official team transport for major international events like Soccer Aid.

Soccer Aid 2016 England Team Coach

Kings Ferry Awarded UK Coach Operator of the Year 2016

UK Coach Operator of the Year

We are proud to announce that The Kings Ferry has been awarded 'UK Coach Operator of the Year 2016'. A Gold Award was also awarded to The Kings Ferry for 'Top Large Fleet Operator'. 

We also managed to claim silver in 2 more categories; Best Website and Best Marketing Campaign, and Ben Bhattal - Head of Sales cheived silver for Young Professional of the Year.

Ian Fraser - Managing Director said: 

“We’re very proud to have been named UK Coach Operator of the Year 2016. I would like to say thank you to all our staff for their hard work. Winning this award is recognition for everyone's immense effort.”

There will be more to come on this story.....

UK Coach Operator of the Year 2016 The Kings Ferry

Investment in DriveCam technology

DriveCam

Kings Ferry and National Express are investing in DriveCam, which uses video capture, predictive analytics, driver coaching, and a comprehensive managed service, in order to better protect its drivers and passengers by improving driving and road safety.

We are the first coach operator in the UK to invest in the leading safety and driver-aid technology, demonstrating our commitment to driving up safety standards. The results from the initial pilot have been very encouraging, including a reduction in costs. Alongside the introduction of collision avoidance technology, the roll out of these safety measures will – we are confident – drive a reduction of both accidents and the associated costs. We believe this is an opportunity for real progress in the coming years.

The DriveCam system by Lytx, records both the road and the driver’s actions, and transmits video clips for review when certain events occur, such as hard braking. These clips are reviewed by Lytx experts and, where relevant, sent on to us to be used for driver training. The clips can also be used in the event of an incident.

Our decision to work with Lytx reflects the company’s longstanding reputation and its continual focus on safety and bringing in the latest cutting-edge safety technology. The Kings Ferry and National Express were awarded top marks of 96 percent – the highest mark ever given on a first audit by the British Safety Council (BSC). The company also gained five out of five stars and an “Excellent” rating for its approach to safety management as a result of the review.

National Express UK Coach Service Delivery Director Kevin Gale commented: “At National Express we place the safety of our drivers, passengers, and other road users first and above all else. We continually look for ways to refine and improve our safety procedures, which led us to the Lytx DriveCam Programme. And we’re pleased that our team has embraced it as part of their ongoing commitment to making our company a safe place to work.”

“Safety is at the heart of the National Express culture and their leadership has shown a commitment to continuous improvement, making the company a great fit for the Lytx DriveCam Programme,” said Damian Penney, Lytx Europe Ltd.’s VP & General Manager. “They have a highly collaborative approach to planning and programme oversight and strong execution of organisational change management.”

See more about DriveCam 

Out with the old, in with the new

Kings Ferry rebrand 2016

You may have noticed, over the past few weeks and months, that The Kings Ferry has been sporting a new look. We are proud to announce the official launch of the new Kings Ferry branding for 2016.

With only subtle changes over many years the Kings Ferry logo, whilst being very iconic was starting to look dated in 2016, and was long overdue a makeover. This was not an easy task, it needed to look fresh and modern without changing too much so it’s unrecognisable.

We started with the colour. The iconic yellow coaches could not be touched, so it was the combination of racing green and dark red that had to make way for something more fitting of this century. Gone is the red, and the green, well that stayed but is a more 'Teal' than before giving it a contemporary feel.

Then we paid attention to the text and in particular the font, we chose something simple and clean and made it all lower case to give a friendlier feel.

The Crown was the hardest part of all, the crown was the part that dated the logo the most with its intricate shapes, but simplify it too much and you lose the very essence of what you are trying to portray. We wanted to give it a sleek look, influenced by the simple 'Apple' shape of the technology giant’s logo, we wanted it to look at home on a smartphone icon surrounded by many other apps. So we opted for this crown, its angular, yet soft, it's simple yet detailed enough to still depict a crown whilst not being an exact representation.

We love it, what do you think? We hope it will become an equally iconic logo in the years to come, once everyone has got over the shock of the change - we are creatures of habit after all.

Kings Ferry logo 2016

Connections

Our sub-brand Connections has also been brought inline with our new branding, now called 'Kings Ferry Connections', the ground transport management part of our business can now use the Kings Ferry name to its advantage.

Kings Ferry Connections logo 2016

Eggsellent survey results & competition winners

Commuter Survey 2016

We would like to thank you all for taking the time to complete our recent commuter survey. We had an excellent response rate and are really pleased with the results. We are busy analysing all of the information you have given us so that we can further improve our services but here are a few highlights for you:

  • 96% say that our drivers are friendly, professional and provide a safe journey
  • 94% of customers says that our vehicles are clean, comfortable and reliable
  • 93% of customers would recommend us to friends and family
  • 92% say that our office staff are knowledgeable, friendly and helpful
  • 92% of customers are satisfied with their overall experience of The Kings Ferry
  • 90% say that we offer the best value travel
  • 89% agree that we are committed to improving the services we provide
  • 85% said that we provide them with a consistent and reliable service
  • 84% believe we work hard to keep them updated with any changes impacting their journey
  • 84% feel that we service all the important geographical areas relating to their journey

We are very pleased to confirm that the survey respondent to win the £100 Bluewater Voucher is...

Mark Lightbrown

 

Eggstravagant Offer Winner!

At the beginning of the week we offered you the chance to win a posh Easter egg by simply mentioning @commuterupdate in a tweet or Facebook post along with the words ‘Kings Ferry’ and ‘Eggstravagant’. We had a great response and would like to confirm that our winner is...

Liza Calvert

Lisa won with the following eggcellent answer:

Eggstremely eggcited to get the KingsFerry Eggspress on Thursday. Such an Eggstravagant idea to give out Creme Eggs


Easter Eggspress

Thursday 24th March 2016

Don't forget that we have an eggstra service operating tonight. This will be the same as our 22:00 723b service that usually runs on a Friday…except on a Thursday!

As Upper Thames Street is still closed overnight (from 20:00-05:00). Our 22:00 723b Easter Eggspress will divert as follows:

It will then travel over Blackfriars Bridge to serve:

Our bus stops located at Tower Hill and Canary Wharf will then be served as normal. 

Our Easter Eggspress will not be able to serve our alternative south side bus stop on Southwark Street or our timetabled bus stop on Upper Thames Street (under Cannon Bridge).

Wishing you a happy Easter from the whole Kings Ferry team.

UK Coach Award nominations

We are delighted to announce that we have been nominated as finalists in 4 categories of the UK Coach Awards 2016.

Having won Coach Operator of the Year over 18 times, we are hopeful of claiming the very prestigious ‘Top Large Fleet Operator’ title this year. The other nominations in this category are National Express, Shearings Holidays and York Pullman.

Kings Ferry have also been nominated as finalists for 2 brand new categories for 2016. ‘Coach Industry Website of the Year’ for www.thekingsferry.co.uk and ‘Coach Marketing Award’ for our commuter campaigns in Medway and Maidstone during the summer of 2016.

And last but not least our very own Head of Sales, Ben Bhattal is one of only 2 finalists for the ‘Young Coach Industry Professional’ award. 

Good luck to all the nominees.

Booking is now open for the 8th annual UK Coach Awards, which will be held at the Piccadilly Hotel Manchester on Thursday 21 April 2016. The glittering ceremony will see the announcement of the winners of 18 Gold Awards, covering the whole range of disciplines involved in planning, marketing and operating coach services.

More information

 

UK Coach Awards 2014
Ian Fraser collecting the top prize in 2014

Great service, an even better price

10% off any coach, anywhere, any time (in 2015)

If you have a group trip or corporate event planned before 1st May, today is your lucky day.

We are offering 10% off all coach hire prices for trips between now and 1st May*! This even includes our VIP services, so if you want to travel in luxury and arrival in style, you can now do it for less!

Experience the sophistication of a quality coach operator, at even better value!

Our fleet consists of vehicles of any type, suitable for any occasion, whether it be a sporting, business or social event. Established in 1968 we have a wealth of experience in group transportation, and will provide you a friendly, courteous and bespoke service - offering you a dedicated account manager who will provide guidance from quotation all the way to your destination.

To claim your 10% discount call one of our friendly reservations team today and we'll be happy to help, alternatively click below and submit your details online for a quick quote!

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Terms and conditions
Offer not to be used in conjunction with another offer or discount. Only available to bookings or journeys travelling before 1st May exclusive (e.g. Multiple trip bookings with one trip travelling before 1st May will receive 10% off that trip only). Available to new and existing quotations only (existing quotation means the signed acceptance form has not yet been completed and sent back to us). Offer not open to contracted clients or tariff customers. Offer subject to availability.

Gurkhas spearheading drive to recruit ex-forces personnel

Press Release

Six veteran Gurkha soldiers who swapped combat for coach driving are leading a charge to recruit ex-servicemen and women to work for Kings Ferry and National Express.

The UK’s largest coach operator currently has a number of driving, and customer service vacancies available and the Gurkhas, who drive commuter coaches for The Kings Ferry, are urging ex-forces personnel to apply.

Kings Ferry is committed to supporting men and women who have served in the Armed Forces through its industry-leading Military Promise.

As part of the promise, former servicemen and women are guaranteed an interview for Kings Ferry’s jobs, while those who hold a PCV driving licence are guaranteed a job interview driving roles providing, for safety reasons, they live within one hour’s drive of the depot.

National Express, the UK’s largest coach operator currently has 21 job vacancies including fifteen driving vacancies based at depots at Stansted, Luton and Heathrow airports, and the Gurkhas are leading the call for former servicemen and women to apply.

In a boost to those who don’t already hold a PCV licence, the coach operator is also recruiting trainee drivers to work at their Start Hill depot near Stansted Airport.

Ex-Gurkha Krishna Thapa aged 35 drives on the Kings Ferry Kent – London commuter coach services and carries passengers into the City of London every morning.

He served in the Royal Gurkha Rifles for 13 years where he gained a vast experience driving vehicles including fuel tankers, hazardous loads, on and off road articulated vehicles.

He joined the company in July working on a Kent – London commuter service carrying passengers into the City of London every morning and lives in Dartford with his wife Mira and their young daughter.

He said: “The National Express Military Promise is a fantastic way of supporting those who have left the forces and I’d urge anyone who is leaving the military to apply for these roles.”

He added: “I love my job as a coach driver, mostly because of the satisfaction of giving my passengers a smooth, comfortable and punctual service. My time in the Gurkha rifles taught me to be hard-working, disciplined and patient as well as giving me huge experience driving all sorts of big vehicles - all this has made it much easier for me to transition into my current job, and do it to a high standard.”

Kings Ferry Managing Director Ian Fraser said: “We are thrilled that our former Gurkha Kings Ferry employees are backing our campaign to support more ex-servicemen and women find employment. The armed forces do an incredible job protecting this country but many personnel struggle to transition into civilian careers when they leave. That’s why we are offering guaranteed interviews including for our driving jobs to those who hold a valid PCV licence - to offer the best chance possible in finding work.”

Launched in 2013, National Express’ Military Promise’ is an industry-leading commitment to support people who have served in the Armed Forces.

Through its partnership with Ministry of Defence's Defence Discount Service it offers the UK's largest travel discount for serving personnel, family members and veterans at 60 per cent off standard fares.

The company is also proud to recognise the huge commitment made by the Reserve Forces by offering extra annual leave for staff in the Territorial Army to help them fulfil their important duties without sacrificing all of their holidays.

Clients we are proud to have worked with:

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