Stagecoach has published service information for the festive period including timetables for bus services on Boxing Day.
Joel Mitchell, managing director for Stagecoach South East, said: “What we’re offering is a safe, hassle free and cheaper alternative to driving the car or ordering a taxi. Whether you’re planning a night out, a day’s shopping or just want to explore the Christmas vibe along the High Street – don’t overlook the possibility of using the bus this Christmas. We’ve got some great value tickets; kids can travel for just £1 and there’s unlimited evening travel for just £3 on our App.”
Thanet Loop buses will be out in force on Boxing Day. Shoppers will be able to catch Loop buses every 20 minutes throughout the day and ‘Breeze’ buses will be running an hourly route 8 service between Broadstairs and Canterbury (through Margate).
The bus operator has announced that a normal school day service will operate up to Friday, December 20 (except on routes serving schools that break up earlier). A normal weekend service will operate on December 21/22 and December 28/29 with a school holiday service operating on Monday, December 23, Tuesday, December 24, Friday, December 27, Monday, December 30 and Tuesday, December 31.
Some bus services will finish early on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve and there’ll be no buses on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day. A normal school holiday service will operate on January 2/3 with a full school day service resuming from Monday, January 6.
Route 8 – The last bus from Margate to Canterbury will be at 19:45
Route 8 – The last bus from Canterbury to Margate will be at 20:45
Loop – The last bus from Margate to Ramsgate via Newington Road will be at 20:45
Loop – The last bus from Margate to Ramsgate via Derby Arms/The Viaduct will be at 21:00
Loop – The last bus from Margate to Westwood will be at 21:15
Loop – The last bus from Margate to Ramsgate via Broadstairs will be at 21:00
Loop – The last bus from Ramsgate to Margate via Newington Road will be at 20:31
Loop – The last bus from Ramsgate to Margate via Broadstairs will be at 20:49
Loop – The last bus from Ramsgate to Margate via Derby Arms/The Viaduct will be at 20:46
Loop – The last bus from Ramsgate to Westwood will be at 21:16
Stagecoach has confirmed that Santa will also be behind the wheel on bus routes throughout Kent in the run up to Christmas – distributing goodwill to all and goodies to the younger passengers that board his bus. The company is running a competition asking people to Tweet a photo of their Santa bus driver to @StagecoachSE using #SantaBusDriver for a chance to win one day’s free bus travel.
Festive bus times and Boxing Day timetables are available to view online at www.stagecoachbus.com or by picking up a leaflet on the bus or from local bus hubs.