Changes to Stagecoach services, the Loop and school bus routes in Thanet from June

Stagecoach Thanet Loop (stock image)

Stagecoach has confirmed changes to some Thanet bus routes and timetables will come into effect from Sunday 2 June.

There will be changes affecting routes 32 and 34, and changes to some bus journeys on routes 8, 8A, 45 and 45A.

There are also some new school-time bus options from Monday 3 June.

More buses will be added to the Thanet Loop with the frequency increasing to every 8 minutes on Mondays to Saturdays – a 25% increase in the level of service.

Kent County Council’s ‘Thanet Superbus’ scheme , supported by funding from central government as part of Kent’s Bus Service Improvement Plan, means Stagecoach will be running more Loop buses and boosting the frequency to every 8 minutes on Mondays to Fridays.

The company will also be adjusting the Loop timetable.  View the new Loop timetable here

8/8A: Thanet – Canterbury
Some bus times between Margate and Canterbury will be adjusted View the new 8/8A/8X timetable here

32: Margate – Garlinge – Minnis Bay
The 32 service will continue to run between Garlinge and Margate, but will no longer serve Dane Valley. Instead, some buses will be extended to Birchington and Minnis Bay.

Buses between Garlinge and Margate will operate every 30 minutes and one bus every hour will extend to Minnis Bay. Dane Valley will be served by route 34. Stagecoach says  this will mean a more reliable service that matches more closely the number of passengers using buses from Garlinge and Minnis Bay. View the new 32 timetable here

34: Margate – Dane Valley – QEQM (rear) – Westwood – Newington – Ramsgate
Route 34 will now include Dane Valley, but will no longer operate between Minnis Bay and Margate. Buses will continue to run every 30 minutes on Mondays to Saturdays. Stagecoach says the new route arrangement will help ensure the 34 can operate more reliably and opens up a direct bus link from Dane Valley to QEQM, Westwood Cross and Ramsgate, as well as Margate. View the new 34 timetable here

The 1445 route 45 bus from Sandwich will finish at Ramsgate (it won’t continue to Dumpton and Broadstairs). The 1530 bus from Broadstairs (1546 from Ramsgate) will no longer operate. There will adjustments to the timings of route 45A buses. View the new 45/45A timetable here

School-time buses

There will be changes to some school-time bus services with a number of routes being axed.

Route 932 (from Dane Valley to Birchington). The morning bus will depart 10 minutes earlier at 07.51 (from Fitzroy Avenue).

Route 933 (St George’s School – Ramsgate – Dumpton). This afternoon bus will no longer run.

Route 937 (Northdown – Broadstairs). This morning bus will no longer run.

Route 939 (St George’s School – Ramsgate – Nethercourt). This afternoon bus will no longer run.

Route 943 (Minster – Birchington – Hartsdown – Dane Court – St George’s School). The morning and afternoon buses will no longer run. For students travelling from and to Minister, use the 942/944. Any students travelling from and to St Nicholas should use the 48A bus.

Route 944 (St George’s School – Margate). The second afternoon bus that operates just as far as Margate will no longer run. Please use the first 944 bus.

Route 946 (Margate – St Peter’s – Broadstairs – Ramsgate – St George’s School).
The morning bus will no longer serve the grounds of the Royal Harbour Academy lower site. The nearest bus stops are Ashley Close on Allenby Road or Bookers on Pysons Road. The afternoon bus will no longer run. The Loop provides a high frequency alternative.

Route 960 (Kingsgate – Cliftonville – St George’s School – Dane Court). This route will be consolidated into one bus. The 07.40 bus from The Wheatsheaf, and the 07.53 bus from Lamberhurst Way will no longer run. Use the 07.34 bus from Lamberhurst Way (07.41 from The Wheatsheaf).

Route 989 (Minnis Bay – Margate). This morning only bus will no longer run. There is a route 32 bus from Minnis Bay at 0812 as an alternative.

Please use the journey planner here to check out the best travel options before travelling to school on Monday 3 June.