|Title ID||7267||Collection ID||928|
|Title||Express Coaches Everywhere|
|Collection||Maidstone and District Motor Services|
|Keywords||Motor Vehicles Outings Passenger Vehicles Roads Seaside Resorts Transport Travel|
|Copyright & Access||Copyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details|
A film from the 1960s promoting express coach services throughout Britain. The film includes a fictional scenario of family members traveling to Birmingham on express coaches. A couple leave Chichester on a Southdown coach; places of interest are featured across southeast England.
The film highlights the benefits of coach travel by recreating a fictional scenario whereby members of a family, living in different parts of the country, make their way to a family wedding at Birmingham via coach. The film begins with scenes of coaches and travellers around the country. Titles: "East Kent present" & "Express Coaches Everywhere"; members of the fictional family all receive invitations to a wedding in Birmingham. In Chichester, a young married couple - Carol and Keith - receive an invitation. The narrator states that thoughts turn to how they will all get to Birmingham, but its all sorted out with a quick visit to the booking office of the local bus company. The couple from Chichester are seen at the bus station boarding a Southdown coach. The narrator states that they have the longest journey, but it will be broken up with a stop at Victoria Coach Station for a meal. The couple drop off their bags at left luggage and are then seen eating a meal in the coach station restaurant. The narrator highlights the express services from London to the towns and villages of Surrey; shots of a village, river and a cricket match and also Frensham Pond, where people are relaxing in the sun. At Portsmouth there are shots of HMS Victory and the beach, pier and hovercraft at Southsea. A Southdown coach is seen driving into Brighton, scenes of the Royal Pavilion, Palace Pier and beach follow; the narrator explains that south coast resorts are all served by express coach services from London. A 'Skyaways Coach Air' service is seen dropping passengers at an airport; the narrator explains that such services are increasing in popularity. Cross channel ferries and a hovercraft are seen at Dover; connections are all possible via coach. Point of view shots from a coach entering the Dartford Tunnel and a couple booking in at a hotel as the narrator explains about combined coach and hotel tickets for stays in London. Interior shots of Selfridges department store, followed by London sights, such as Whitehall, St. Stephen's Tower, the River Thames and Trafalgar Square and nighttime illuminations.
The film returns to Carol and Keith who are now completing their lunch at Victoria Coach Station and catching the motorway express coach to Birmingham. Other members of the family are seen boarding coaches to Birmingham in different parts of the country. The film features places from other parts of the country, emphasising how all can be reached by coach services. Carol's brother Robin is seen on board a coach which makes a stop at a motorway service station where he eats a meal in the restaurant. Muriel, the other member of the family catches the Birmingham Express coach at Barnsley. Locations around the area are featured, all of which are, of course, accessible by coach. Next, more coach services to other parts of the country are featured, the narrator extols their charms. All three coaches are seen arriving at Birmingham Coach Station; the family members meet up and leave the station to catch a taxi to go on to their hotel. Map of the coach network used for the three journeys featured in the film, followed by another map of all the express coach services in Britain. The narrator explains how improvement in the road network increases the speed and efficiency of coach services. The final part of the film features night time coach express services and replacement coach services for uneconomical railway routes. Shots of various coaches, including an 'East Kent', accompanied by a narrative about improvement in coach design and comfort. The narrator encourages viewers to make enquiries about coach express services at their nearest booking office. [End credits].