New ser­vice to im­prove bus links with Ten­ter­den

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - What’s On - By Tri­cia Jamieson

tjamieson@thek­m­ A new bus route be­tween Ten­ter­den and Ash­ford is be­ing launched on Mon­day with free travel on the ser­vice all day.

The new 2A Stage­coach route op­er­ates via Sha­dox­hurst and re­places routes 295 and 296, which were pro­vided by var­i­ous bus com­pa­nies.

When com­bined with ex­ist­ing route 2 via High Halden, it means there will be a bus be­tween Ash­ford and Ten­ter­den ev­ery 30 min­utes for the first time.

Jeremy Cooper, com­mer­cial di­rec­tor of Stage­coach in East Kent, said: “With so many buses to chose from we hope many more peo­ple will now travel from Ten­ter­den to Ash­ford by bus, par­tic­u­larly with the high speed trains of­fer­ing an at­trac­tive route into Lon­don.

“We hope the free travel on Mon­day will help pas­sen­gers have a great day out at the start of the school hol­i­days and we plan to have a clas­sic 1968 AEC Re­gent dou­bledecker in use on some of the jour­neys as an added bit of fun.”

As well as the free travel on Mon­day, res­i­dents of Bethers­den, Stubbs Cross and Sha­dox­hurst can also ben­e­fit from dis­counted fares through­out the sum­mer as th­ese ar­eas will be in­cluded in the Ash­ford Megarider ticket zone un­til the end of Au­gust.

A seven day Megarider costs £11 and al­lows un­lim­ited travel on Stage­coach buses in Ash­ford and the near­est vil­lages.

For the new 2A bus times, call 0871 200 22 33 or visit stage­coach­­sus­sex

Miles and Louise Porter with daugh­ters Dilys and Bon­nie, from Ten­ter­den, help launch the free bus ser­vice with, left to right, bus driver Paul House­lander, Stage­coach mar­ket­ing man­ager Divene An­der­son and Dutch Docherty, op­er­a­tions man­ager

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