20 May 2019
A special open-top bus will be running in Hastings and St Leonards this summer. Stagecoach has unveiled the colourful double decker featuring a design showing all the fun things to do along the seaside route.
The illustrated bus will roll into service from Saturday 25 May, running at weekends and Bank holidays and every day during the school half-term and summer holidays. Passengers will be able to hop on and off at bus stops all along the seaside route which will run between Harley Shute and Hastings Old Town.
Hugh Loy, Stagecoach local operations manager said “Hastings has a hugely vibrant seaside scene with so much to see and do. We’re proud to be offering something to complement that and add to the fantastic variety of attractions for locals and visitors.”
Speaking from the top deck of the bus on a promotional tour last week, More Radio’s Breakfast presenter Izzy Bishop said “It’s a thrilling ride and the great thing about it is people will be able to choose different ways to experience a day out in the town – savour the sea views from the open-air top deck for the full length of the route, or hop on and off to visit the town’s must sees.”
The Shipwreck Museum, Adventure Golf and True Crime Museum are among some of the attractions along the route which will start and finish at Combe Haven Holiday Park. Rach Honey, Events and Entertainment Manager at the Holiday Park said, ‘’The new open-top bus is such a brilliant addition to the local area and with the bus stops right outside our park it will be fantastic for our guests and caravan owners to be able to enjoy the brilliant sights of Hastings in this fun way.”
The service will run hourly throughout the day with a single adult fare costing up to £3.40 for the full length of the route. There will also be a hop on and hop off ‘dayrider’ ticket allowing unlimited travel for £4.50 (or £3.20 for under 19s). Accompanied children will be able to travel for £1 each with any adult ticket holder.
Open-top route 66 will operate daily during May half term from Saturday 25 May until 2 June and then on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 June to 21 July. It will resume a daily service throughout the summer holiday from 24 July to 8 September. Timetables are available at local outlets, on local buses and online at stagecoachbus.com/hastingsopentop.
Izzy Bishop and Nick Osborne from More Radio’s Breakfast are joined by Combe Haven’s Rory the Tiger and other local characters and mascots from attractions along the new route.