Kings Ferry’s new record
The Kings Ferry has revealed it is ready to carry record numbers of passengers this year as recent rail fare price hikes are expected to encourage train travellers in Kent to switch to coach. Passenger numbers from the county using the company’s services have grown 14% in the past four years. Year-to-date, passenger journeys are up by 4% compared to 2013. The news comes as the government announces the latest Retail Price Index figures, which will see rail fares will substantially increase in January 2015. The Kings Ferry commuter operation runs 36 daily services to central London from Medway, Sittingbourne and the Isle of Sheppey.
The Kings Ferry MD, Ian Fraser, said, ‘First and foremost, The Kings Ferry is the value way for travellers in Kent to get to work in central London – even more so in light of today’s news on fares. Our affordability is of course key to our customers but it is far from the only reason people travel with us, and stay travelling with us. We carry all kinds of people from cleaners to stockbrokers and time and time again we hear the reason people want to be with us is simply the convenience. We pick people up yards from their door and drop them by their places of work throughout central London, bypassing the need to buy an Oyster Card along the way. Some of our customers have been with us over 30 years and we find once people are with us, enjoying a door-to-door service and a guaranteed seat every day the convenient service is hard to argue with – people don’t go back to choosing the train.’