Beach Bus to return to the New Forest this summer

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Published Thursday 17 July 2014

The Beach Bus will return for the summer with more services and discounts for attractions, as well as a free ferry ride from Southampton.

Nearly 6,000 passengers hopped on the Beach Bus during its five week run last summer, linking Hythe to Lepe, Beaulieu and Lymington and many places in between.

Operated by More bus in partnership with the New Forest National Park Authority, the service will return from 26 July to 31 August, running hourly, seven days a week.

This year, passengers can enjoy a free ferry ride from Southampton to meet the Beach Bus (when you buy a Beach Bus ticket from Hythe Ferry in Southampton).

The regular service also includes an 8.45am ‘early bird’ departure from Lymington and a new 10.05am departure from Hythe, making it easier for passengers to enjoy a full car-free day out.

New discounts for Beach Bus passengers this year include 20% off at:

This is in addition to last year’s offers including 20% off at:

Beach bus lepe family

Passengers can hop on and off all day for just £6 adult, £3 child or £15 group of up to five people.

Oliver Crosthwaite-Eyre, Chairman of the National Park Authority, said: ‘We were delighted so many people chose to ride the Beach Bus last year. Passengers found it was great fun and great value, with easy access to places like Lepe Beach, Exbury Gardens and Buckler’s Hard without needing a car. The Beach Bus also importantly helps reduce congestion and carbon emissions to help protect the National Park’s special qualities.’

Ed Wills, operations director of operator More bus, said: ‘The Beach Bus was an instant success last summer and there’s been plenty of interest in its return this year. The additional services and offers will hopefully make it even more popular.’

The Beach Bus runs every day from 26 July to 31 August.

It is a key part of the National Park Authority’s two year drive to encourage 370,000 people to get out of their cars and use greener transport by the end of March 2015. It is supported in part by a £3.8m sustainable transport fund from the Department of Transport, shared with the South Downs National Park.

For full details visit www.thebeachbus.info, www.facebook.com/ridethebeachbus and www.twitter.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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