Beach Bus showcases New Forest’s beautiful coast

Beach bus family lepe

Published Friday 22 July 2016

The popular Beach Bus service is back for the summer, taking visitors on a picturesque ride down to the New Forest’s scenic coast.

The New Forest National Park Authority have teamed up with morebus to rebrand their route 112 for the summer months, which usually runs only on Tuesday and Thursday. The enhanced 112 Beach Bus - running from Sunday 24 July to Saturday 3 September - will operate daily between Lymington and Hythe, also serving Lepe Country Park.

Passengers receive discounts at attractions on the route and a free ice cream at Lepe.

Mark Holroyd, Transport and Tourism Manager at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘The Beach Bus offers an enjoyable way to travel to the seaside and other attractions as customers can hop on and hop off along the way. Ticket holders also receive an informative guidebook. This year, the Beach Bus will also be stopping at smaller villages along the way, including East Boldre, Norleywood, Pilley and Boldre. We are very grateful to New Forest Ice Cream and ExxonMobil who are sponsoring the Beach Bus this year.’

Designed to provide local people and those visiting the National Park with a great day out along a beautiful stretch of the south coast, the Beach Bus is run by more-bus under contract to the New Forest National Park Authority.

morebus Communications Manager, Nikki Honer said: ‘We feel this seasonal service is an excellent way of encouraging those living in and visiting the area to use sustainable transport, whilst providing a boost and additional business to many of the region’s superb tourist attractions.

‘The 112 Beach Bus leaves Hythe and stops at Lepe, Exbury, Beaulieu, Buckler’s Hard and Lymington. Also, we’re offering those travelling with us 20 per cent off entry at attractions along the way when they show their Beach Bus ticket, as well as a 99 ice cream to enjoy at Lepe.’

Daily tickets for the Beach Bus cost £7 for adults or £15 for groups or families of five. Those buying tickets at Town Quay in Southampton will enjoy half-price ferry travel to Hythe. morebus zone C tickets and Bluestar network tickets are also valid.

For more information about the Beach Bus, please visit www.thebeachbus.info

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For media enquiries please contact Paula Good on 07429 063339 or paula.good@pufferfishpr.co.uk

The Beach Bus is sponsored by New Forest Ice Cream and ExxonMobil

Notes to editors:

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.

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