Commuters face uncertainty after the Kings Ferry service from Kent and Medway to London will be axed in less than a week on Christmas Eve.
Due to the lack of demand for the service as many commuter have been working from home ultimately due to the multiple Covid-19 lockdowns
In a statement Managing Director of Kings Ferry Ian Fraser said: “I would like to thank all customers past and present for their support over the last 40 years, it has been a pleasure transporting you to and from London on a daily basis.
“The ongoing challenges created by Covid-19 have reduced demand to such an extent that means our services are not commercially viable and unlikely to become in the future.”
A twitter user expressed their disappointment in the news:
@commuterupdate Kings Ferry, extremely disappointed that you are stopping all services from 24th Dec for good ….the 719 is always packed, maybe run those routes that are viable
— StacyJane (@BlossomSJC) December 16, 2021
Whilst another user agreed and expressed his anger:
Oh what a way to start 2022 off on the right foot!@commuterupdate / Kings Ferry are ceasing commuter services.
So I have a commuter loan that I can’t reverse AND no decent way of getting to work 🎉
Not even running a single service from the park and ride car parks.
— Martin Reid (@PsychoMartin131) December 16, 2021
A user tweeted her son would have to pay expensive train fee’s to get to work:
My son is very worried he’s been commuting from Kent to his office in London for the last couple of years, now he’ll need to spend about £5000 for a train ticket that he can’t afford. Terrible times and I’m very sorry that Kings Ferry are folding it was a great company.
— alan little (@alanlittle5) December 17, 2021
Many commuters rely on the service as a cheaper way to commute to London for work and they have been left to look at other options of travel which are more expensive as news has just come out about the inflation of train tickets. Kent Commuters are left in a difficult position
Services will operate as normal between now and Thursday 23rd December and will operate on a Christmas timetable on Friday the 24th December which includes two earlier PM service options.
For details of their Christmas timetable, please click here
To apply for a ticket refund, please click here
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