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New coach service 'raises up' Westlife winners

21 Jun 2019

A group of 10 Kent residents felt like they were ‘flying without wings’ when they went ‘uptown’ to see Westlife at The O2, thanks to Stagecoach South East.

The lucky competition winners travelled in style on the company’s new Stagecoach Express coach service.  

Officially launching on Sunday 21 July, the new service will allow those making the journey between Kent and London to travel from just £6 from Chatham and £7.50 from Canterbury for pre-booked single tickets. 

With pick-up points at Hempstead Valley, Chatham bus station and Chatham Maritime, the new route will also link Canterbury Bus Station with North Greenwich underground station which is adjacent to The O2. 

Fortunately for music fans, the last coach leaves The O2 around 11pm – after most concerts finish. The cheapest option for passengers is to pre-book via the Megabus website but passengers can also buy a ticket on board for last minute trips.

Joel Mitchell, Managing Director at Stagecoach South East, said: “We are delighted our competition winners had a fantastic time seeing Westlife, and that they thoroughly enjoyed their trip to The O2 on our new coach service. 

“Stagecoach South East is excited to launch a coach service in the region for the first time, and we are looking forward to everyone taking advantage of all the possibilities it will offer. Day trippers, students and commuters will be able to travel comfortably, at low cost and with free onboard Wi-Fi and charging sockets.”  

With air conditioning, an on-board toilet, reclining leather seats and reading lights, the first coach will leave Canterbury Bus Station around 5am on weekdays, giving commuters plenty of time to get to work. 

Day-trippers looking to enjoy a day out in the rest of London have easy access to the capital via the Jubilee Line, from the nearby drop-off point at North Greenwich tube station.  

Fare information and a full timetable is available at, where passengers will find a link to book tickets on the Megabus website. A £1 booking fee applies.


Westlife winnersStagecoach South East’s Managing Director Joel Mitchell (fifth from right) with competition winners en route to see Westlife at The O2.