Three Volvo B12B Caetano Levantes, refurbished by Express Coach Repairs, have gone into service with Sittingbourne-based Chalkwell
They have replaced Scania Irizars and Volvo Jonckheeres on the operator’s daily Medway commuter service. Chalkwell, which has been operating weekday commuter coaches from Medway to London for the last 21 years, is making a further investment in the service. Among the new features of the fully wheelchair accessible coaches are USB charging points and free WiFi, as well as restroom facilities and full leather seating for customers.
Chalkwell’s Operations Manager, Andy Bates, said: “We are also announcing timetable changes which will improve our service and the on-board facilities to the customer.
“This has allowed us to keep fares the same, with no increases to customers’ journeys since April 2013. While rail fares have gone up considerably over that period – by as much as 20% – we have maintained much lower fares.
“This can mean a saving of as much as £1,500 a year for commuters using our coaches rather than the train. If there is any doubt whether to switch from rail to coach, commuters can try us for free.”
In addition to the Medway commuter service, Chalkwell also runs a weekday journey from Maidstone, with 18 drop off points in London.