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Great ways to celebrate the New Year

Celebrate the New Year - The Kings Ferry

Time to plan your New Year 2017 celebrations!

If you are like many of us, New Year party plans do not get into full swing until it's too late. With Christmas preparations taking up most of our attention, many of us have forgotten about the end of year celebrations. But do not fear, we have some fantastic ideas to help you get the ball rolling. Whether you want to see one of the most impressive firework displays you will ever feast your eyes on, or you are looking to party the night away in some of the UK's most exciting venues, we are not short of things for you to do!

 

Tower Bridge Fireworks

Every year London hosts one of the most breath-taking firework displays you will ever see. Synchronised to music and with incredible light shows, London has impressed over the years. From welcoming the year of the most successful Olympics in 2012 to 2016's show containing over 12,000 crackers, it is enough to send shivers down your spine, bring a tear to your eye and make you feel very patriotic.

The first batch of tickets for this year’s event have been sold, but with more tickets to be released and plenty of viewing spots within the capital to catch a glimpse of the display, London's light show is definitely at the top of many peoples list. To find out more click the link below. 

London Fireworks Display

If you are looking to start your New Year celebrations with a taste a fine dining, there are some beautiful restaurants across London to get your taste buds watering. Whether you are after a romantic setting, overlooking the Capital in one of Europe's tallest buildings, or looking for something a bit more quirky that the children will enjoy such as The Rainforest Cafe. The New Year brings time for you to enjoy a whole host of dining options - but make sure you reserve your table as soon as possible, otherwise you may miss out on these culinary delights.

Party the night away

If fine dining or the fireworks isn't your scene, then maybe partying the night away in some of London's top bars and clubs is more up your street? From Corisca Studios to Heaven and Electric Brixton. Whether you are looking for house music, drum and bass or even some cheesy pop classics to get you in the celebrating mood, London has plenty to offer. But for pubs and clubs, the New Year attracts more visitors than any other time throughout the year, so entry fees are standard as is advance booking. So make sure you get ahead of the queues and book your tickets to the best party in town now!

New Years Eve Ideas

Reaching your destination

Train or taxi services can be extremely busy and costly during New Year’s Eve and heading into the New Year, especially if they are booked on the day of travel. Although many rail services are cheaper during the early hours of 2018, there will be large crowds of people heading to and from stations, making it an uneasy and nerve racking journey. Also travelling by car could mean paying excessive parking fees and someone not being able to pop open the bubbly!

With New Year’s Eve attracting tens of thousands of people into the capital, rather than relying on last-minute expensive transport arrangements, it is best to book your journey well in advance. This way, you can benefit from lower prices and better value.

Coaches provide an affordable and straightforward way to reach the event. With guaranteed seats, ample luggage space, and room for all your family and friends, you’re sure to enjoy a comfortable journey.

Our private hire coaches will also drop you off and pick you up right outside your destination - so no need to ruin your new party shoes!

Or, if you want really want to travel in luxury, arrive in style and be the envy of the crowd, take a look at our popular VIP services.

For a quote, call our friendly sales team on 01634 377 577 or alternatively, use the quick quote form at the link below.

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15% OFF - terms and conditions apply

 

East Kent Network Update

National Express East Kent Network
 

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
National Express is the UK’s largest coach operator, it has over 900 stops across the UK and operates 19 million journeys a year.
 
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.
 
We also delivered our strongest Christmas to date last year. We brought in improved timetables, new Christmas Day locations and duplicated services and 60,000 extra coach seats over the festive season to deal with big demand for travel.
 

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Notting Hill and Wembley Success!

Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival

The Notting Hill Carnival is an annual event that has taken place in London since 1966 on the streets of Notting Hill, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. This colourful event celebrates Caribbean Culture; artistic talents and creativity; the enhancement of community spirit and innovative platforms, overall embracing cultural diversity.

As always, these large scale events do not come without any dangers - due to recent unfortunate events and with large crowds of people, plenty of music, food and drink to get everyone into the party mood, like any event, there is always an element of risk. 

So similarly to your generic music festival, security and police patrols are on high alert. The MET Police were surrounding the Carnival, making sure the annual party goers were kept safe and able to enjoy their day.

We provided 220 coaches to transport the MET police to their required locations to police this large annual event from various stations across London and Kent. This was a huge job and logistically challenging due to the unknown duration each vehicle would be required for - but it was managed effectively by The Kings Ferry, to ensure we had the resources and plans in place for all possible outcomes on the day.

Due to the continual success of this job, the partnership that is now into its 10th year of the contract, has in the last two weeks been renewed again for another 18 months.

 

Football on field

England World Cup Qualifier at Wembley

Due to the threatened tube strikes that were to happen on the day of England's World Cup Qualifier against Slovenia, many fans were to be left without transport to Wembley Stadium from many mainline London Stations. 

On 29th September, we received a call that Wembley may require a high volume of coaches to transport these spectators from the mainline stations to the event and back. Alongside this, the supporters also required a booking platform to book onto coaches, and to ensure that event holders had a more accurate projection of the volume of vehicles required.

Throughout the very hectic week leading up to the big game, we had numerous conference calls involving Wembley, TFL, and National Express to discuss all the finer details that are involved in such a large scale task. The following week, we had the booking platform in place and working, actively taking bookings via National Express and over 80 coaches were held ready to carry out the required transport.

Discussions with TFL led to on-site staffing that was put into place to ensure passengers had guidance at the stations and knew the agreed pick up locations for the coaches.

On the Tuesday evening prior to the match, the strike was cancelled but Wembley asked for us to continue with the coach hires that had already been booked by passengers and hold a contingency number in case of any additional requirements.

When the event came round, everything ran smoothly, and the combined efforts of all involved allowed for smooth supporter transitions from rail, to coach and to reach the game, where England won 1-0 thanks to a late goal from Harry Kane, qualifying for the World Cup 2018 to be held in Russia!

Introducing the BRAND NEW VIP Coach

The Kings Ferry new VIP Coach

A warm welcome to the latest addition to our VIP fleet - introducing the stunning Irizar i8.

With a star lit rear lounge, kitchen facillties, a beautiful leather interior along with a state of the art entertainment system, this really is the perfect way to travel in style.

Already providing team transport for both Millwall and Fulham FC, our new coach is proving to be a popular choice. With colour changing LED lighting surrounding the interioir, this coach will suit any team. The rear lounge allows for important team bonding and tactical discussions prior to the match; with the high quality entertainment system helping your team get focused and match ready.

It's sleek, polished exterior will be the envy of your opposition as you turn up to the ground - arriving in style, knowing that you have already won off the field before you win on it.

The Kings Ferry VIP Coach

 

RouteOne Award Winners

Route One Award Winner

We are extremely proud to announce that we have been crowned winners of the RouteOne award for "Best Use of Technology (up to 200 vehicles)".

This technology that has been designed by our in-house Sales & Marketing team, has proven to be an integral part of our business. The systems intelligence and analytical database provides all teams with the essential knowledge to provide customers with the high quality services that they deserve and desire.

Marketing Manager Sam Adams said:

"Our new CRM system gives us the power to be pro-active with our sales strategy, with targeted marketing automation. It also enables our sales staff to manage their time and workload more effectively and provides valuable insights into forecasting for the management team due to the array of information available to them - ultimately improving customer experience. It has been a challenge to implement successfully into the business but we have done it and I think we are just scratching the surface of its potential."

There was some very stiff competition competing for the grand prize, all who have developed fantastic technology, improving their own business and the coach travel market.

The judges said: "Faced with an array of available technology operators are challenged to make the right choices for their business. This new award recognises those who have succeeded. By showing through results that smart administration truly enhances customer relations and satisfaction, The Kings Ferry has earned the accolade of winner in this category".

The Kings Ferry RouteOne Award Winner

The World's Biggest Coffee Morning!

The Kings Ferry - Macmillan Coffee Morning

 

Tomorrow we will be taking part in the world's biggest coffee morning by providing Teacakes on-board as an extra treat to accompany your morning coffee!

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer. Macmillan are a fantastic network of supporters, professionals, volunteers and campaigners. Right from diagnosis, the incredible team are there, through treatment and beyond, being a constant source of support, giving energy and inspiration to help those affected by cancer to take back control of their life, and feel more like themselves again.

All donations are welcomed for this very important cause on board our commuter service, to help the fantastic work of Macmillan Cancer Support.

If you want to host your own coffee morning in support of one of the largest British charities, there is still plenty of time to do so. Click the link below to find out more!

Eat Cake and Raise Money for Macmillan

Are you ready to get planning the best party of 2019?

Kings Ferry Christmas Party

Are you ready to get planning the best party of 2019?

It is time to unwrap some Christmas party ideas!

With the festive season slowly creeping up on us, it is time to get those bookings in before venues get full up, and you are left to sit all alone in that old pub around the corner.

If you haven't already taken a peek at our fantasitc Monster Christmas Ball offer, click the button below to take a look.

Any coach booked for the Monster Ball will recieve a 15% discount on their coach hire, PLUS a FREE bottle of wine per table courtesy of The Kings Ferry. Not only that, but this fully inclusive ticket allows you access to everything the party has to offer, including the Monster Ball Casino and Nightclub- now what is not to like! 

Kent Christmas Party

 

Group Christmas Party ideas

There are plenty of fantastic events ideal for your group party this winter - whether you fancy heading to 'Russia with Love' at the popular Kent Event Centre's annual Christmas celebration, or if you want to dress up and party in style along the Brighton seafront at this years 'Mysterious Masquerade Ball'. Whatever your preference, there is plently to chose from.

For some more incredible shared party and exclusive venue experiences, visit the Eventa website.

Festive Events

If you are just looking for a day of festive fun with a few of your friends and family, then there is lot to choose from! From the annual Hyde Park Winter Wonderland to some of the best Christmas Markets throughout the UK and Europe.

Why not take a trip back in time to the era of Charles Dickens, and visit Rochester's famous Dickensian Christmas  - a weekend packed full of market stalls, Christmas treats and gifts for all the family. Or if you are looking for a little more adventure with the children, why not head to Jersey and immerse yourself in the magical, mysterious land of Enchanted Narnia.

Reaching your destination

Train or taxi services can be extremely busy and costly, especially if they are booked on the day of travel. While travelling by car could mean paying excessive parking fees and someone not being able to pop open the bubbly.

With these large scale events becoming increasingly popular, rather than relying on last-minute expensive transport arrangements, it is best to book your journey well in advance. This way, you can benefit from lower prices and better value.

Coaches provide an affordable and straightforward way to reach the event. With guaranteed seats, ample luggage space, and room for all your family and friends, you’re sure to enjoy a comfortable journey.

Our private hire coaches will also drop you off and pick you up right outside your destination - so no need to ruin your new party shoes!

Or, if you want really want to travel in luxury, arrive in style and be the envy of the crowd, take a look ar our popular VIP services.

For a quote, call our friendly sales team on 01634 377 577 or alternativley, use the quick quote form at the link below.

Quote Request

 

VIP Offer!

 

VIP Offer

VIP OFFER

Want to add that extra bit of class and style to your VIP coach hire? We have a luxurious offer available!

Enquire for a VIP booking and you will receive a FREE bottle of champagne worth £45* - the perfect start to your journey with Kings Ferry.

Simply enter/quote voucher code ‘VIP45’ upon enquiry to receive your complimentary bottle of bubbly – then sit back, relax and enjoy!

Offer available for a limited time only.

*Terms and Conditions Apply

Offer only available if the Voucher code ‘VIP45’ is used when enquiring. Offer available to bookings with a VIP vehicle only. 1 bottle per vehicle. Bottle will be placed on hired vehicle on the day of travel. Not available for existing quotations. Not available to tariff or contracted customer bookings.

East Kent Network

National Express East Kent Network
 

We can today offer you the exclusive news that from Monday 31st July 2017 The Kings Ferry is taking over the National Express routes Stagecoach East Kent has been running for many years now.

The East Kent Network has 10 vehicles, and an overall requirement of 34 drivers. We welcome all the drivers to our business to work on our services which will operate out of a base in Dover.
 
A bit more information on National Express scheduled services and the East Kent Network
National Express is the UK’s largest coach operator, it has over 900 stops across the UK and operates 19 million journeys a year.
 
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.
 
We also delivered our strongest Christmas to date last year. We brought in improved timetables, new Christmas Day locations and duplicated services and 60,000 extra coach seats over the festive season to deal with big demand for travel.
 

Popular Destinations

Canterbury
Book coach travel to Canterbury; an historic English cathedral city with a strong literary heritage.
 
London
Book coach travel direct to London - one of the most exciting cities in the world.
 

National Express Coach App

The National Express Coach app makes managing travel on your mobile easy. Search for journeys, book and store tickets and track your coach in real time.
 
App Store
Google play store

Timetable Changes from 19th June 2017

At The Kings Ferry we constantly monitor the performance of each of our commuter services to check timetable accuracy, service popularity and route suitability. This allows us to ensure that our services cover the areas and are scheduled at the times most relevant to our customers. 

Through this process we have identified that services on some routes are consistently underutilised. Therefore we plan to remove one AM 721 and 750 service and one PM 719 and 750 service. We have also introduced additional pick-up points for our 715 service in the Twydall and Rainham areas. Plus we have retimed our 785b service in line with recent customer feedback. All of these changes will be effective from Monday 19th June 2017.
 
For full details on these changes plus alterations to the timings of some of our other services please click below. 
 

New Route: 728
Chatham & Rochester to London

We are excited to announce another brand new route! The 728 service will pick-up from selected strategic points across Chatham Town Centre and Rochester. The two services will then join the M2 and travel into London to serve stops including Canary Wharf, the City, Victoria Embankment and Westminster.
 
The 728 is the latest addition to the list of route options available to our customers and will give you even more choice when planning your journey with us. Our new 728 is due to start from Monday 19th June 2017 and the full timetable can be viewed from the route list above.
 

Timetables: From 19th June 2017

 700    Mierscourt, Wigmore, Hempstead, Bluebell Hill View
 715    Hempstead, Wigmore View
 716    Chatham Hill, Luton, Princes Park, Lordswood, BB Hill View
 717    Chatham Hill, Luton, Churchill Ave, City Way, Bluebell Hill View
 719    Hempstead, Lordswood, Walderslade, Bluebell Hill View
 720    Rainham, Parkwood, Wigmore View
 721    Rainham, Parkwood, Wigmore View
 722   Sovereign Qtr, Gillingham, St Mary’s island, Wainscott View
 723    Bean, BB Hill, Rainham, Lordswood, Sonora, Iwade, Sheppey View
 725    Canary Flyer: Park & Ride sites, Sonora, Iwade, Sheppey View
 728    Gillingham, Chatham Town Centre, Rochester, Borstal NEW View
 750    Sheppey, Iwade, Sonora, Medway Services View
 751    Sittingbourne, Milton, Key St, Medway Services View
 774   Maidstone, Penenden Heath, Grove Green, Weavering View
 785    Aylesford, Ditton, Larkfield, Lunsford & Leybourne View

 

Top Large Fleet Operator of the Year 2017

Ian Fraser collecting the Top Large Fleet Operator of the Year 2017award

We are delighted to announce that The Kings Ferry have yet again been award a top coach industry award.

The UK Coach Awards, held in Manchester is a showpiece event, seen as one of the most prestigious within the coaching community. It raises the profile of coaches and the role they play in encouraging participation, performance and excellence. Awards are made following a public nomination process and decision by a judging panel of coaching experts from all four Home Countries. Winners of local and Home Country Awards are also short-listed automatically. There are eight award categories for coaches and three for awards in support of coaching, plus the overall title of UK Coach of the Year.

Last year The Kings Ferry were crowned UK Coach Coach Operator of the Year, and were nominated as a finalist again this year. We were awarded the Gold Award for Top Large Coach Operator of the Year and subsequently entered into the grand final draw for the UK Coach Operator of the Year, of which we won the Silver Award. A successful year capped off with a successful night.

Ian Fraser Managing Director of The Kings Ferry said "Being awarded Top Large Operator once again is a testament to everyone's hard work and commitment at The Kings Ferry. I'm so proud of what we have achieved so far and look forward to a bright future ahead. I also want to say congratulations to Mayne's of Buckie who claimed the Gold Award for UK Coach Operator of the Year"

You can view all the other award finalists and winners on the awards website here

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