Families snap up free tickets for Beach Bus

Beach Bus Family at Lepe

Published Monday 19 August 2013

Hundreds of families in the New Forest are enjoying a free ticket to ride on the new Beach Bus.

The Dibden Allotment Fund, a charity which supports disadvantaged people in Hythe and Waterside, bought 300 family tickets for the bus service – and has passed almost all of them on to local families.

The bus links the Southampton-Hythe Ferry to the beach at Lepe Country Park, where passengers can enjoy sun, sea and  free ice creams.

The Beach Bus also calls at popular attractions such as Exbury Gardens, Buckler’s Hard, Beaulieu and Lymington throughout the school summer holidays.

Harvey Mansfield from the Dibden Allotment Fund said: ‘We thought it would be a nice idea to help those families that perhaps could not afford to go away this summer to give their children a ride on the bus to the beach.

‘We have nearly distributed all of the tickets – it has been very popular.’

David Harrison, National Park Authority lead member for transport, said: ‘It is great news that so many families living outside the National Park have been able to explore some of the best bits of the New Forest and coast.

‘Families can say goodbye to backseat squabbling and seat belts, sit back and enjoy the ride. And it means fewer cars driving around the National Park, so it’s better for everyone.’

Ticket holders can hop on and off all day - with adult day tickets just £5 and a group ticket for up to five people just £10.

As well as a free ice cream at Lepe Beach Café, Beach Bus ticket holders can also enjoy 20 per cent off entry tickets at popular attractions such as Buckler’s Hard, the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu and Puffin Billi Cruises at Lymington.

The Beach Bus service is operated by Wilts & Dorset in partnership with the New Forest National Park Authority, and is supported in part by a £3.8m Department for Transport grant to encourage car-free travel in the New Forest and South Downs National Parks.

The Beach Bus runs daily until 1 September.

For a full Beach Bus timetable and details on discounts go to www.thebeachbus.info or visit www.facebook.com/ridethebeachbus

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About the New Forest National Park Authority

Protect - Enjoy - Prosper

The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:

  • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect
  • Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.

We also have a duty to:

  • Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.

The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

Visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk  to find out more.

Media Contacts:

Sion Donovan, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority

Tel: 01590 646639

Email: sion.donovan@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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