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Kings Ferry heads to Bristol

Kings Ferry heads to Bristol Kings Ferry heads to Bristol
A contract to run two peak-hour commuter coach services has been awarded to Kent-based The Kings Ferry by North Somerset council. The services start in the autumn and will be funded  by the council for two years using cash from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund, with The Kings Ferry funding them for a further two years.

The services will run from Weston-Super-Mare, Clevedon and Portishead via the M5 motorway to North Bristol with an initial requirement of four coaches. Currently there are no direct public transport links and limited rail options from North Somerset to business areas on the Bristol/South Gloucestershire border.

Elfan Ap Rees of North Somerset council, says: “We are very pleased to be getting close to the start of this commuter service which we hope will take further pressure off the route between Weston and the North Fringe, as well as offering savings to residents currently commuting to this area by private car. It is also good to see a new operator starting in North Somerset and, if the demand is sufficient, I see no reason why this shouldn't become a commercially sustainable service once the kick-start funding expires."

The Kings Ferry, which is part of National Express Group, will establish an operating base in the area. Commercial director Danny Elford describes the move as an exciting opportunity and sees similarities between the Bristol area and the area served by the company's established commuter coach network in the south-east of England. "We are certain this region has the fundamental elements needed for a successful service," he says.

www.thekingsferry.co.uk

Photo: Commercial director Danny Elford.