We have had some successful operations run over the past few months at the Notting Hill Carnival and Wembley…
Notting Hill Carnival
The Notting Hill Carnival is an annual event that has taken place in London since 1966 on the streets of Notting Hill, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. This colourful event celebrates Caribbean Culture; artistic talents and creativity; the enhancement of community spirit and innovative platforms, overall embracing cultural diversity.
As always, these large scale events do not come without any dangers – due to recent unfortunate events and with large crowds of people, plenty of music, food and drink to get everyone into the party mood, like any event, there is always an element of risk.
So similarly to your generic music festival, security and police patrols are on high alert. The MET Police were surrounding the Carnival, making sure the annual party goers were kept safe and able to enjoy their day.
We provided 220 coaches to transport the MET police to their required locations to police this large annual event from various stations across London and Kent. This was a huge job and logistically challenging due to the unknown duration each vehicle would be required for – but it was managed effectively by The Kings Ferry, to ensure we had the resources and plans in place for all possible outcomes on the day.
Due to the continual success of this job, the partnership that is now into its 10th year of the contract, has in the last two weeks been renewed again for another 18 months.
England World Cup Qualifier at Wembley
Due to the threatened tube strikes that were to happen on the day of England’s World Cup Qualifier against Slovenia, many fans were to be left without transport to Wembley Stadium from many mainline London Stations.
On 29th September, we received a call that Wembley may require a high volume of coaches to transport these spectators from the mainline stations to the event and back. Alongside this, the supporters also required a booking platform to book onto coaches, and to ensure that event holders had a more accurate projection of the volume of vehicles required.
Throughout the very hectic week leading up to the big game, we had numerous conference calls involving Wembley, TFL, and National Express to discuss all the finer details that are involved in such a large scale task. The following week, we had the booking platform in place and working, actively taking bookings via National Express and over 80 coaches were held ready to carry out the required transport.
Discussions with TFL led to on-site staffing that was put into place to ensure passengers had guidance at the stations and knew the agreed pick up locations for the coaches.
On the Tuesday evening prior to the match, the strike was cancelled but Wembley asked for us to continue with the coach hires that had already been booked by passengers and hold a contingency number in case of any additional requirements.
When the event came round, everything ran smoothly, and the combined efforts of all involved allowed for smooth supporter transitions from rail, to coach and to reach the game, where England won 1-0 thanks to a late goal from Harry Kane, qualifying for the World Cup 2018 to be held in Russia!