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12 Nov 2018
The clocks went back an hour at the end of October and now cheap evening bus travel will start an hour earlier too.
Bus operator Stagecoach has announced that its popular ‘eveningrider’ ticket will be valid from 6pm instead of the current 7pm, for the rest of the year. The change will come into effect from Friday 16 November, just in time for Christmas shopping, enabling shoppers or Christmas revellers to take advantage of an extra hour’s unlimited bus travel.
The eveningrider ticket, which costs just £3 on the bus firm’s Smartphone app, is valid for unlimited travel on all Stagecoach buses in the south east. The bus company says the new start time of 6pm will encourage more people to use the bus this Christmas, avoiding the hassle of arranging lifts or paying out expensive taxi fares. The eveningrider is valid through to the last bus home (or 4am the next day).
Lisa Carlson, Chief Executive of Canterbury’s Business Improvement District, said, “We welcome this initiative from Stagecoach offering such a great value evening bus ticket. The run up to Christmas is the busiest time of year and buses carry an average of nearly 20,000 people into Canterbury every day from across the region, all welcomed in the city by our Ambassadors. It’s great to know that people can travel in and out of the city from places such as Whitstable, Faversham, Folkestone and Margate for much the same price as a takeaway coffee”.
Matthew Arnold, Stagecoach commercial director for the south east, said “Everyone wants to get out in the evenings in the run up to Christmas, whether it’s to meet friends, go Christmas shopping or enjoy the work Christmas party with colleagues. By starting our evening ticket an hour earlier, we hope more people will choose to come out on the bus and benefit from such great value travel.”
Lisa Carlson, Chief Executive of Canterbury Connected (left) with Stagecoach Commercial Director Matthew Arnold (centre) and Canterbury Ambassador Catherine Penny (right).