03 Jun 2019
Stagecoach South East is launching a new coach service that will enable people to travel between Kent and London, with pre-booked single tickets starting at just £7.50 from Canterbury and £6 from Chatham.
The Stagecoach Express service, which begins on Sunday 21 July, will link Canterbury Bus Station with North Greenwich underground station, which is adjacent to The O2. The M2 route has pick-up points at Hempstead Valley, Chatham Bus Station and Chatham Maritime.
Joel Mitchell, Managing Director at Stagecoach South East, said: “This is the first time we’ve launched a coach service in the region and we are very excited about the possibilities it will bring to commuters, students and day trippers. Passengers will be able to travel in comfort, have a guaranteed seat when they book in advance, work or surf on the go with free wifi and mains charging sockets – and all at very low cost. The cheapest option for passengers is to pre-book via the Megabus website but you can also buy a ticket on board for those last minute trips.”
Kent residents looking to enjoy a day out at The O2 will be able to catch the last coach around 11pm, after concerts finish. Alternatively, if passengers want to enjoy a day in London they can easily access the Capital on the Jubilee line from the nearby North Greenwich tube station.
David Panayiotou, Head of Transport at The O2, said: “The O2 welcomes the introduction of the new Stagecoach Express services linking the residents of Kent with our venue. The new transport route will encourage our guests to leave their car at home while still being able to travel in comfort to one of our shows, as well as experience all the venue has to offer including Up at The O2, outlet shopping at ICON, bowling, trampolining and our many restaurants and bars.”
Each coach will also have air conditioning, an on-board toilet, reclinable leather seats and individual reading lights. The first coach will leave Canterbury Bus Station around 5am on weekdays, leaving plenty of time for commuters to reach work.
The route will also provide new links for Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Kent staff and students, while University of Greenwich students will be able to easily travel between Chatham and Greenwich.
Fare information and a full timetable is available at www.stagecoachbus.com/StagecoachExpressM2, where passengers will find a link to book tickets on the Megabus website. A £1 booking fee applies.
Joel Mitchell, Managing Director at Stagecoach South East, launching the new Stagecoach Express service that will link Kent and London.