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Kings Ferry Coach Depot In Gillingham To Close

Kings Ferry coach company has announced it is closing a Kent depot after 55 years of operation.

The Medway depot in Eastcourt Lane, Twydall, Gillingham, will close along with the firm’s Clarkes of London depot at Sydenham in London.

The Kings Ferry was started by businessman Peter O’Neill in Gillingham in 1968. He remained as chairman until November 2007, when the Kings Ferry Travel Group was sold to National Express.

The company, which is still owned by National Express Transport Solutions (NETS) is to shut The Kings Ferry base in Gillingham and has announced a “consultation period with colleagues” has begun.

National Express says there will be “no changes” to the two brands “at present”.

A spokesman said “We continually review the profitability of our portfolio to ensure that we are set up to offer the very best products at the best prices in the market to our customers.

“To ensure that we can operate efficiently, we have made the difficult decision to close our depots in Sydenham and Gillingham. We will be entering a consultation period with colleagues and we will do all we can to support them through this process.

The Kings Ferry coach service which has carried workers from Kent into London for nearly 40 years, but cut this service in 2021 due to the pandemic. It ran its last service on Christmas Eve, with bosses blaming falling passenger numbers.

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