Royal Wedding fever hits the South Coast
Friday 22, April 2011
Coach services travelling from the South Coast to celebrate William and Kate’s big day are outselling the rest of the UK according to the UK’s leading coach company, National Express.
On the day of the wedding, more people are travelling from Southampton and Bournemouth to London than any other location in the UK, with 20 coach loads of people descending on the Capital. People travelling into London Victoria from Stansted Airport is the second most popular location suggesting wedding well wishers from around the World are coming to join the celebrations.
But the busiest time for National Express coaches isn’t the wedding day itself; currently Easter Bank Holiday Monday is the busiest day. Although the usual ‘Great British Getaway’ is not expected due the high number of Bank Holidays. Travellers are spreading their trips across the two week Easter period to be in London in time for the Wedding.
Andrew Cleaves, Managing Director, National Express coach said, “We are continually adding extra coaches to meet demand so everybody gets the chance to be in London for this national celebration. Our special Royal Wedding Day Return coaches are proving to be popular and we think more people will decide to visit London as the big day gets closer.”
National Express is offering people an alternative to the expensive ‘Kate Rate’ hotels, providing special day returns. Coaches from 67 towns and cities will arrive into London on the day of the wedding before 0900, leaving on the same day avoiding the cost of hotels.
Andrew continued, “We are offering people from all corners of the country a hassle free and cost effective alternative to cars and central London hotels when visiting London for Easter and the Royal Wedding.”
National Express is also running coaches from 35 UK locations to Camp Royale. Camp Royale will transform Clapham Common into a sea of tents where 10,000 people can base themselves within a few miles of Westminster Abbey. The pop-up campsite will run from Thursday April 28 - the day before the wedding - to Sunday May 1, and the price is just £105 per person for the three nights including travel.
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