It has now been announced the popular £2 bus fare cap has now been extended by the Government once more. Following several other extensions over the past year, the reduced cap will now run until December 31, 2024.
Stagecoach, meanwhile, has confirmed it will continue to operate with this cap until the end of June 2024, at least. This offer comes as part of the Government’s Help for Households campaign and has been helping passengers keep travel costs down since it was first introduced at the start of the year.
Under the scheme, all adult, concession and child single tickets on eligible routes will be capped at £2, with any single tickets previously cheaper than this remaining the same price. Stagecoach has reported that some 84 million passengers have already taken advantage of the cheaper fares since January.
A survey conducted by the bus operator found that 23 per cent of passengers using the scheme said they were making trips they wouldn’t otherwise have made. These cheaper fares provide a fantastic chance to get out and about, exploring the county and beyond, with plenty of amazing routes that are well worth taking.
From amazing rural journeys to trips between historic villages and cities, Kent has more than a fair share of brilliant bus routes on offer. In celebration of the newly announced extension, KentLive is taking a look at one fantastic Stagecoach route, which offers unparalleled views of our stunning coast.
Stagecoach route 102
Taking passengers from the busy port town of Dover to the underrated gem of Lydd, Stagecoach’s route 102 provides a real feast for the eyes along the way. In all, the route takes just over an hour-and-a-half and passes through numerous Kent destinations along the way.
Starting in Dover, the bus takes you through the heart of the bustling town centre, before leaving via Folkestone Road, passing through Maxton on the way. Expect gorgeous views of rural Kent and the seaside as you travel out of Dover and, if you really want to make the most of this scenery, we recommend nabbing a seat upstairs on a double-decker bus.
Keep your eyes peeled as you pass by charming Church Hougham, with its breath-taking fields and beautiful scenery. You will find yourself amidst more incredible rolling countryside as you continue along Folkestone Road, before arriving at the village of Capel-Le-Ferne.
Its name derives from a medieval French term meaning “chapel in the ferns” and the village sits on the White Cliffs of Dover. One of the most notable landmarks here is the thought-provoking Battle of Britain Memorial commemorating those who took part in the vital battle during World War II.
From here, the route continues down New Dover Road and into Folkestone, taking passengers right through this lively town centre towards the coast. Passengers will then be treated to gorgeous coastal views of Sandgate Beach as they journey along the A259.
Next, you will continue on through the neighbouring town of Hythe, which is rich in history and has some amazing pubs to visit as well, such as The White Hart which dates back to 1395. From here, the route passes through the joining hamlet of Palmarsh, along toward Dymchurch.
It’s on this stretch you’ll get some of the very best views out to sea – highlighting just how amazing the Kent coast truly is. Then, it is through St Mary’s Bay next, an area well-known for its gorgeous sandy beach.
After passing through the quaint coastal village of Littlestone, the route then passes by Greatstone, and its beautiful beach, to Lydd-on-Sea. It will then bring you through the jaw-dropping Dungeness National Nature Reserve, which is full of wildlife and greenery.
You may also be able to spy the disused Lydd Airport off in the distance, which was once busier than Gatwick back in its heyday. The journey will then come to an end in Lydd, which has plenty on offer to explore before you return home.
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