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Open-tops go live with kids' dream ride

17 Jul 2017

• Stagecoach launch open-top summer service with help from Newlands Primary School pupils and Dreamland’s Teddy and Betty Bear

• Open-top buses are back from this Saturday (22 July)

• New route 37 to serve Dreamland, Margate and Palm Bay

• Route 69 returns to Ramsgate, Broadstairs and Stone Bay

• Open-tops to run throughout the summer

The hugely popular open-top bus is set to return to the Thanet coast from this weekend. In fact, Stagecoach will be running two open-top bus routes around the Isle this summer.
Open Top Bus
To celebrate the launch of this summer’s double complement of open-toppers, 46 year two pupils from Newlands Primary School were given a special ride. Stagecoach teamed up with Dreamland Margate to offer the kids a free trip there and back on the open-top bus. The pupils were visiting the pleasure park as part of their fun-fair heritage project. Dreamland's mascots, Teddy and Betty bear delighted the kids when they hopped on the bus at the Turner Contemporary.

From Saturday visitors and locals alike will be able to sit back and savour the bracing sea views from an open-air top deck. They’ll have a choice of two bus routes; the 69 will be back running the same route as last season between Ramsgate Boating Pool and Broadstairs Stone Bay. Also from the same date a new open-top bus, the number 37, will run from Margate Rail Station to Palm Bay serving Dreamland, the Turner Contemporary and Cliftonville's Eastern Esplanade.

Route 37 buses will arrive in time to meet high speed trains at Margate Rail Station, to and from London St Pancras.

Philip Norwell, Stagecoach South East’s managing director said “Open-top buses were a popular part of the summer scene in Thanet during the 1960s and 70s. Last year we decided to bring them back and recreate a bit of nostalgia and a lot of fun for the summer holiday.” He added “the 69 route was so popular last year; we carried over 15,000 passengers in the six week season. Our customers loved route 69 but they asked for an open-top route in Margate too – that’s why we’re running route 37.”

Both open-top bus routes run from Saturday until 3 September. Timetables are available at local outlets, on buses and online