- ‘Peoples’ launch party to be held on Saturday 11 February at the Ashford Designer Outlet
- MP Damian Green welcomes Stagecoach’s ‘imaginative scheme’ for Ashford
- Radio presenter James Heming (from Heart Breakfast) to host the party
- Celebrity actress Rita Simons to launch new buses
- Entertainment from professional cabaret dance group ‘The Show’
Stagecoach is set to launch its fleet of Mercedes ‘little & often’ minibuses at a special ‘peoples’ launch party at the Ashford Designer Outlet on Saturday 11 February. The high frequency ‘turn-up-and-go’ service will begin operating on Sunday 12 February.
Ashford MP Damian Green said “I warmly welcome this imaginative scheme. Buses are too often forgotten as one of the best ways to provide public transport, and this should increase bus usage around Ashford. I hope these new routes catch on quickly.”
Radio presenter James Heming will be the hosting the launch party which kicks-off at 12 noon. Throughout the afternoon there’ll be performances from the cabaret dance group ‘The Show’ as well as giveaways and competition prizes. Actress Rita Simons, best known for her role as Roxy Mitchell in Eastenders, will be diving in to help launch the new minibuses which will be showcased on the day.
Stagecoach South East managing director, Philip Norwell said “We wanted to do something exceptional for this launch. The ‘little and often’ network will deliver fast connections around town - it’s an exciting new scheme and we hope more and more people will want to try it out.” He added, “That’s why, at the launch party, we’ll be giving local people to the opportunity to celebrate with us, check out the new buses, enjoy some entertainment and win some prizes.”
The new minibus service will run every five to six minutes on routes B and C, connecting the town centre/rail station with Kennington, Park Farm and the William Harvey Hospital. Last week Stagecoach confirmed that the buses will accept contactless payments – the first to do so in the south east region.