Beach Bus helps showcase the delights of Hampshire’s coastline

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Published Friday 28 July 2017

The chance to discover the delights of Hampshire’s coastline is prompting local people and visitors to board the popular route 99 Beach Bus service this summer.

Jointly operated by Morebus and the New Forest National Park Authority, the service is an enhancement to route 112, which usually runs only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

The Beach Bus - running from Sunday 23 July to Saturday 2 September - operates daily between Lymington and Hythe, and also serves Lepe Beach.

Morebus Communications Manager, Nikki Honer, said: 'We’re delighted by the response we’ve already had for this seasonal service. It’s 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 Beach Bus leaves Hythe and stops at Lepe, Exbury, Beaulieu, Buckler’s Hard and Lymington - so it’s perfect for a great day out. We also offer 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.'

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

Mark Holroyd, Transport and Tourism Manager at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: 'The Beach Bus offers an interesting way to travel to the seaside and other attractions as customers can hop-on-and-hop-off along the way.

'This year, passengers boarding Morebus’ route 112 at smaller villages along the way - including East Boldre, Norleywood, Pilley and Boldre - can change onto the 99 at Beaulieu.

'We are very grateful to New Forest Ice Cream and ExxonMobil who are sponsoring the Beach Bus.'

Daily tickets for the Beach Bus cost the same as last year - £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 ABC tickets and Bluestar network tickets are also valid.

For more information about the Beach Bus, please visit www.thebeachbus.info and visit newforestnpa.gov.uk to find out more about the New Forest.

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Enjoy spectacular sights on the Beach bus this summer.

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 Contact
Beki Mole, Communications Assistant
New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646639
Email: beki.mole@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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