North Somerset Council is working with coach operator The Kings Ferry Ltd to launch a new luxury commuter coach service from Monday November 4. The service will link Weston-super-Mare, Clevedon and Portishead with major employment areas around the Bristol and South Gloucestershire border, including Aztec West, Rolls Royce, Royal Mail and Airbus.
And the new commuter coach service will be free throughout November and December for everyone who registers at www.bristolcommute.com by the end of October.
The Kings Ferry Ltd, part of the National Express Group, will run eight express services via the M5 motorway on two routes during the morning and evening rush hours. One route will start in Weston and pick up in Clevedon, the other will start in Portishead.
The Kings Ferry Ltd is providing four brand new 49 seat, fully accessible coaches for commuters. The vehicles will be kitted out with luxury seats, air conditioning, power sockets, drink machines, toilets and free wifi so passengers can leave the car at home and relax, work, go online or catch up with friends while they travel.
With the rising costs of petrol and car ownership, luxury coach services specifically for commuters have proven popular with professionals travelling to cities and major employment areas across the UK in recent years.
Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, executive member for highways and transport, said: “Passengers in North Somerset will soon benefit from Kings Ferry Ltd’s expertise and experience of running successful executive commuter coach services in the South East. This is a real opportunity for local residents working in the North Fringe to test the service for a couple of months at no cost to themselves.
"We know over 3,500 commuters drive to and from this area every working day and this is an opportunity to both make the journey easier and cheaper."