Published: 06:08, 19 July 2021
| Updated: 07:33, 19 July 2021
A leading coach company will mark its 90th birthday this year in style.
Chalkwell Coaches, based in Sittingbourne and providing services across the country, was founded in 1931 and will mark the landmark anniversary with new additions to its fleet hitting the road later this year - and a host of special day-trips within the UK.
Travellers to Southampton will get a tour of the Sea City Museum and its special exhibition on the Titanic. The exhibition looks at the enormous impact the liner's infamous tragedy had on the town from which so many of its crew had lived.
Other trips this summer include to London, Windsor, the Isle of Wight and the famous Wisley Flower Show
The firm, which hires a range of coaches for groups or schools, as well as offering local bus services covering much of Swale, remains a family-run operation.
Its managing director is Roland Eglinton, grandson of the company's founder Harry Eglinton, While Harry’s son, Clive, is the chairman, having run the business between 1969 and 2018.
All its services adhere to government guidance to ensure they are Covid-secure, running reduced capacity services when necessary and with thorough cleaning regimes in place.
Now with 45 vehicles, it aims to have a frontline coach fleet that are entirely ultra low emission vehicles within three years.
Such is its ambition, Chalkwell aims to be carrying one million passengers a year within the same timescale as it upgrades its vehicles and wins over more customers.
Its hire fleet currently consists of 16, 33, 49, 53, 70 and 49-seat executive coaches, with wheelchair access on some smaller vehicles.
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