A new coach Park & Ride facility has been launched in Gravesham.
Gravesham MP Adam Holloway and Deputy Mayor Gurdip Bungar have opened a new facility of behalf of The Kings Ferry at Gravesham’s Cyclopark.
The Park & Ride, which was brought forward by The Kings Ferry in partnership with charity Cyclopark, which operates the facility on behalf of Kent County Council and its partners, holds 50 spaces and is located minutes from the A2 off the A227 junction.
The site utilises an automatic number plate recognition system, enabling commuters to book in advance at www.thekingsferry.co.uk and be guaranteed a parking space.
To encourage commuters to try the facility, parking will be free of charge until the end of the year.
Customers can also cycle, leaving their bikes in new purpose-built cycle racks before hopping on the coach to work.
The car park benefits from the additional security of CCTV so commuters can leave their cars and bikes knowing they will be monitored all day.
Commuters in Gravesham enjoy 22 daily coach services to and from London, with Canary Wharf a 44 minute ride away.
The Kings Ferry Managing Director Ian Fraser said: “We believe using The Kings Ferry is an unbeatably convenient way of getting to work in London but we’re always looking for ways to make life easier for our customers and this initiative is a great example. It couldn’t be easier to use this purpose-built facility and coupled with our frequent, punctual and comfortable services, it will help take the stress out of the morning commute”.
Gravesham MP Adam Holloway said: “I think this is a very good idea. It makes things much more convenient for all those people who get up early to go to drive the economy in London, and it generates extra cash for Cyclopark.”
The Kings Ferry commuter operation – part of the National Express Group – consists of 36 daily services to central London from Medway, Sittingbourne and the Isle of Sheppey.
Its commuters are collected at pick-up points within walking distance of their home and dropped at key locations throughout central London.
Commuting with The Kings Ferry is also cost-effective, with train fares typically costing over a third more.