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Stagecoach launch new Thanet Loop buses

By Isle of Thanet Gazette  |  Posted: May 17, 2013

  • NEW INVESTMENT: Stagecoach bus drivers and company directors launch the new greener Loop buses

  • READY TO GO: The unveiling of the new Thanet Loop buses from left Cllr Kim Gibson, Sir Roger Gale MP, Laura Sandys MP, Paul Southgate, Cllrs David and Mave Saunders, and Dennis Taylor

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PASSENGERS using the Thanet Loop service can now enjoy a more comfortable and greener journey around the isle.

Stagecoach has splashed out £3 million on new buses to travel around the streets of Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs.

The bus company unveiled 27 new Enviro 200 single deckers on Friday, May 10 on Royal Esplanade in Ramsgate.

This latest fleet of buses are slightly bigger than the older vehicles, and have been redesigned to allow more space for passengers travelling with pushchairs.

Brian Smith-Stewart, chairman of Thanet Travel Forum said: "I'm pleased to see the new fleet of buses on the road.

"They are more spacious than the older buses with better access for people with prams or wheelchairs.

"We hope the cost won't be passed on to passengers with higher fares."

The buses are also fitted with the environmentally friendly Euro V specification engines, which are designed to reduce carbon emissions.

Paul Southgate, Managing Director of Stagecoach in East Kent said: "This £3 million investment demonstrates our commitment to providing quality bus travel in Thanet as well as helping us reduce our carbon footprint.

"The number of passengers using the Loop has more than doubled to over 4.5 million per year since its introduction in 2004 due to us continually improving the service by increasing the frequency and the number of buses on the route."

Loop services run every seven minutes Monday to Saturday, and every 10 minutes on Sundays.

The last frequency increase on the Loop was in October and buses now run around every seven minutes Mondays to Saturdays and every 10 minutes on Sundays.

To coincide with the launch of the new buses, Stagecoach is giving away 18,000 free travel vouchers and 37,000 half price bus tickets.

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