14 OCT 2015

Helen Grant MP welcomes a new commuter coach service

Helen Grant MP has welcomed the launch of a new affordable coach service which will benefit local workers commuting to London. Provided by The Kings Ferry (part of National Express) the service began operating on 5th October offering a quality new London-bound commuter service picking up at locations throughout Maidstone. This service is in addition to that already provided by Chalkwell, a company based in Sittingboune, Kent.

The MP for Maidstone and The Weald joined The Kings Ferry Managing Director Ian Fraser to help launch the new commuter coach service which specifically caters to workers in Maidstone commuting to locations throughout London including, Canary Wharf, Fenchurch Street, Millennium Bridge and Embankment. Costing less than £10 per day, the service offers great values for commuting to London from Maidstone.

Helen Grant MP said: "I'm really pleased to support the launch of the new Kings Ferry coach service which is a real boost to affordable transport in our area and offers increased provision of choice for the thousands of local people for who commute to London daily. This service, in addition to that provided by Chalkwell, is good for the connectivity of the area and good for jobs".

The Kings Ferry Managing Director Ian Fraser said: "The Kings Ferry has operated tens of millions journeys into the heart of London over decades and we are so pleased to welcome the people of Maidstone on board with our new service. We particularly like that people from all walks of life from bankers to front-line workers are able to take advantage of our coaches because they are affordable and customer feedback from Maidstone so far has been really positive".

The Commercial Director of Chalkwell Roland Eglinton said: "Chalkwell's has been operating commuter services from Maidstone and Kings Hill since 2009 and I welcome the competition from The Kings Ferry. Chalkwell's has recently launched GoCard, an electronic smartcard ticketing service (similar to Oyster), and our multi-journey ticket under which customers only pay for the journeys they make is very suitable for people with flexible and home working arrangements".

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