Stagecoach in East Kent

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East Kent Road Company, t/a Stagecoach in East Kent
Parent Stagecoach Group
Founded 2009
Headquarters Canterbury, Kent
Locale East Kent
Service area Ashford, Faversham, Canterbury, Dover, Folkestone, Hastings, Herne Bay, Maidstone, Thanet
Service type bus service
Hubs Ashford, Canterbury, Folkestone, Dover, Hastings, Herne Bay, Margate, Ramsgate
Fuel type Disel and Bio Disel
Operator Stagecoach South East
Website [1]

Stagecoach in East Kent, which forms part of Stagecoach South East, operate many routes with different route branding. It operates services in towns including Ashford, Canterbury, Dover, Deal, Kent, Faversham, Folkestone, Herne Bay, Hythe, Maidstone The county town of Kent, Margate, Sandwich, Ramsgate, The Romney Marsh and Whitstable.

Towns served[edit]

Stagecoach in East Kent run bus services in:

Stagecoach in East Sussex run bus services into Kent at:

Garages[edit]

Ashford[edit]

Stagecoach run most services in the Ashford area including routes The A, B, C & E Lines, H, K, 1, 2, 2A, 10, 10A, 10X, 11, 11A, 11B, 18, 18A, 18X, 111, 121 & 517.

Bus Services[edit]

Stagecoach serve two main roads in the town centre, Park Street and Bank Street as well as Ashford International and is the main operator in the area. Local buses including The A Line running every 10 minutes, B Line every 20 minutes, C and E Lines every 15-30, H and K every 30 minutes as well as the 1 hourly to Canterbury, 2, 2A to Tenterden 10, 10A to Folkestone, 10X to Maidstone and 11, 11A, 11B to Lydd and New Romney on the Romney Marsh.

There once was another line in Ashford, The D Line, running every 15 minutes from Bank Street to the International station and Ashford Designer Outlet on a regular cycle but ceased in Easter, 2014. The bus service was replaced by an improved A Line running every 10 minutes.[1]

Bus types in use[edit]

Dover[edit]

Stagecoach run most services in the Stagecoach run most services in the Dover, Deal and Sandwich area including routes National Express coach routes 007 & 021, 12, The Diamond routes 13, 13A, 15, 15A & 15B, 14, The Heart routes 60, 60A, 61, 62& 63, 68, 87, 88, 89 91 and Canterbury Park and Ride routes.

Bus Services[edit]

Stagecoach has offices in Pencester Road in the town centre. Local buses including The Heart run every 15 minutes Whitfield and Aycliffe, every 20 minutes to St. Radigund's and Tower Hamlets, The Diamond every 15 minutes to [[Canterbury and every 30 minutes to Deal and hourly to Canterbury via Aylesham and Ramsgate.

Also part of the Diamond routes is 13 and 13A every 30 minutes from Canterbury to Sandwich with one hourly continuing on to Deal.

Canterbury Park and Ride services run from Dover garage and has three services to the city center from Wincheap, New Dover Road and Surry Road, every 8 minutes as well as the Hospital Park and Ride, every 20 minutes from New Dover Road to Kent and Canterbury Hospital.

Bus types in use[edit]

Folkestone[edit]

Stagecoach run most services in the Folkestone, Hythe and Romney Marsh area including routes 10, 10A, 10X, The Link routes 16, 16A & 17, 18, The Heart routes 71, 72 & 73, 77, 78, The Wave routes 101 & 102, 127 and 160.

Bus Services[edit]

Stagecoach also run Folkestone bus station in the town centre, adjacent to Bouverie Place Shopping Centre. Local buses including The Heart run every 7-8 minutes to Cheriton and The Link and The Wave to Hythe, every 15 minutes to Cretaway Down, Hawkinge and Romney Marsh and every 30 minutes to East Cliff and Golden Valley.

Bus types in use[edit]

Herne Bay[edit]

Stagecoach run most services in Herne Bay and Whitstable as well as Canterbury, which has no garage so most services run forom Herne Bay. These routes include The Hop routes 3, 3B & 3X, Triangle routes 4, 4A, 4b, 4X, 6, 6A, 6B & 6X, 5, 7, City Arrow routes 21, 21A, 22, 23, 23A, 25 & 25A, 26, 26A, 36, 335, 638 and Unibus.

Bus Services[edit]

Stagecoach run local services in the City of Canterbury including most local routes in Canterbury including The Triangle, The Hop, City Arrows and Unibus service as well as services in Herne Bay and Whitstable. Stagecoach also run the Canterbury Park and Ride service but from its Dover garage instead.

Bus types in use[edit]

In Thanet[edit]

Thanet District Council is a big district including Margate, Broadstairs, Westwood and Ramsgate and nearly all services are run by Stagecoach. Kent Top Travel and Eastonways routes in Thanet have passed over to Stagecoach. The main route in Thanet is the Thanet Loop running every 8-15 mins every day. The Loop has late night services too on weekend nights, finishing at 1pm - 2pm.

The Triangle Service[edit]

The Triangle (4 & 6) routes are a triangular shaped circular routes with 4 running one way round the loop and 6 round the other. The route runs from Canterbury to Whitstable to Herne Bay and back to Canterbury (route 4, 4A, 4B, 4X with each route serving different villages on the way and 6, 6A, 6B & 6X running the other way) every 10 minutes. The service runs every 15 minutes on Sundays. The service is served by branded Scania N230UD/ Alexander Dennis Enviro400.

The Breeze[edit]

The Breeze runs every 15 mins (Mon-Sat) and every 30 mins (Sun) between Canterbury and Margate. 2 buses (1 on Sundays) an hour continue to Dumpton Park whilst the others continue to Broadstairs. The services is run by branded Scania N230UD/ Alexander Dennis Enviro400.

The Hop[edit]

The Hop service runs between Canterbury and Faversham via Harbledown every 30 minutes (Mon-Sat). The Hop also runs express services every 30 mins to Faversham missing Harbledown and other villages (Mon-Sat). Buses continue from Faversham Town Centre to Bysing Wood Sainsbury's about every 20 mins and Kiln Court hourly (Mon-Sat). On Sundays the route runs hourly serving all villages and continues from Faversham to Maidstone via Bysing Wood, Sittingbourne and Detling (route 335). This service replaces the non Sunday route 333 operated by Arriva Southern Counties. The service runs by branded Dennis Trident 2/ Alexander ALX400.

The Diamond[edit]

The Diamond are a Diamond shape circular route forming route 13, 13A and 15, 15A & 15B. The route runs from Canterbury to Dover to Deal to Sandwich and back to Canterbury. The service runs every 15 minutes between Canterbury and Dover via the A2 and Lydden (15, 15A & 15B), with 15B also serving River, Kent. The network continues round to Deal every 30 mins via Walmer (15, 15A) with 15 serving Dover Castle and 15A serving the Port of Dover. At Deal the hourly 15A continues to Sandown. Also at Deal the 15's meet the 13 with the hourly service to Canterbury via Sandwich and Wingham. The hourly 13A runs from Sandwich to Canterbury via Wingham too but also serving Woodnesborough. Other connecting routes include 14 from Canterbury to Walmer via Staple, Ash, Sandwich and Deal. The Deal local route is route 82. The 87 and 88 run between Dover and Ramsgate via Sandwich and the 89 between Dover and Canterbury via Aylesham. The service is run by branded Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 and Alexander Dennis Enviro 300.

The Link[edit]

The Link has two routes from Folkestone to Canterbury, one direct which forms routes 16, 16A and one 'Scenic' forming route 17.

The Link Direct: Route 16A runs every half hour from Hythe and then via Sandgate to Folkestone where the half hourly route 16 joins the route providing a 15 minute frequency to Canterbury via Hawkinge, Densole and the A2 to Canterbury. The service runs hourly on Sunday and also serves Bridge.

The Link Scenic: Route 17 runs hourly every day (less frequent on Sunday) from Folkestone to Canterbury via Cheriton, Etchinghill, Lyminge, Elham, Elham Valley, Barham, Kingston and Bridge

The Wave Service[edit]

Stagecoach in East Kent and Stagecoach in Hastings operates The Wave 100, 101 and 102 service running every 15 minutes between New Romney and Dover via Folkestone, Hythe and Dymchurch. Two 101 buses an hour continue from New Romney to Lydd via Lydd Airport. One of thse 101 services continue hourly as a 100 to Conquest Hospital via Camber, Rye and Hastings Town Centre. One hourly 102 bus continues from New Romney (the other termenating at New Romney) to Greatstone-on-Sea and Lydd-on-Sea. There is also limited service between Lydd-on-Sea and Lydd. On Sundays and Public Holidays the route is less frequent running every 30 minutes between Dover and New Romney and hourly to Lydd and 2 hourly to Hastings and hourly to Lydd-on-Sea. Route 100 buses get into Hastings, Hastings Railway station|Rail Station]] just before The Wave 99 service to Bexhill-on-Sea and Eastbourne. The service is run by branded Scania N230UD/ Alexander Dennis Enviro 400.

The Thanet Loop service[edit]

The Thanet loop is Stagecoach and Thanet most frequent route and Thanet's main route. Just like the Thanet Stars service the Thanet Loop links up Thanet Towns and Villages. The Thanet Loop is a massive Loop incorporating Margate, Westwood, Westwood Cross, Ramsgate and Broadstairs. The route runs in both directions about every 7 minutes Monday to Saturday and eery 10 mins on Sunday. The Loop has late night services too on weekend nights, finishing at 1pm - 2pm. The service is run by branded Alexander Dennis Enviro 200.

Unibus[edit]

The Unibus service is for all of the public although it is the University of Kent dedicated bus. The service runs every 7-8 mins term time All days and every 15 mins non term time on Monday to Saturday only. The service uses Scania N230UD/ Alexander Dennis Enviro400 running on bio-fuel from Chip Oil and Lard. Also the buses have free wi-fi on board to.[2] There are special Unirider tickets too.[3]

Canterbury Park and Ride[edit]

Stagecoach run the Monday to Saturday Canterbury Park and Ride services running every 8 mins to the city centre and 20 mins to the Kent and Canterbury Hospital. All these buses have free wi-fi on board. Once services stop running, tickets can be used on certain Stagecoach services to the Park and Ride site.[4] The service is run by branded Alexander Dennis Enviro 300 and Alexander Dennis Enviro 400.

Other Main Routes[edit]

  • 1: Ashford to Canterbury via Wye
  • 2: Ashford to Tenterden
  • 5: Canterbury to Whitstable
  • 7: Canterbury to Herne Bay
  • 9: Canterbury to Westwood via Ramsgate
  • 10: Folkestone to Ashford via Hythe
  • 10X: Ashford to Maidstone via Lenham
  • 11: Ashford to Lydd via Hamstreet
  • 11: Canterbury to Westwood via Manston
  • 12: Canterbury to Deal via A2
  • 14: Canterbury to Deal via Ashford
  • 18: Canterbury to Hythe
  • 36: Herne Bay to Margate
  • 87, 88: Ramsgate to Dover
  • 89: Canterbury to Dover
  • 91: Folkestone to Dover
  • 638: Faversham to Whitstable

Other transport links[edit]

Stagecoach provide buses to many of Southeastern train stations for services across Kent and to London.

Stagecoach provide joint bus and rail tickets with the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway[5] at The Wave service meets the railway at Hythe, New Romney and Romney Sands in the Romney Sands Holiday Park. The Wave also serve Dymchurch (for sandy beach and family fun fair), St. Mary's Bay and Romney Warren, where the railway has stations a short walk away. The Wave also serves Lydd-on-Sea for the popular The Pilot Inn restaurant next to a railway crossing. Also a short walk from the Pilot Inn is Dungeness where there is another station, lighthouses, famous cottages, fishing beach, Nature Reserve and what is classified as the UK's only desert. Other routes serving stations include 10, 11, 16 & 160.

Stagecoach also serve Ashford International station for Eurostar services to Paris and Brussels as well as domestic high speed services to London.

Stagecoach serve The Port of Dover for Ferry services to France and Belgium

Stagecoach serves Lydd Airport from Ashford (11 Ashford - Lydd), Hastings (100), Folkestone and Dover (101).

Please also note there are two route 11 operated by Stagecoach. One 11 runs from Ashford to Romney Marsh via Hamstreet whilst the other runs from Canterbury to Westwood Cross via Ramsgate.

References[edit]

  1. ^ by Bus, Ashford Outlet getting here. "Ashford Designer Outlet". 
  2. ^ Unibus page, Stagecoach. "Unibus info". 
  3. ^ Unirider page, Stagecoach bus. "Unirider tickets". 
  4. ^ Park and Ride, Canterbury City Council. "Canterbury council info". 
  5. ^ PDF, RHDR Guide. "RHDR Guide". 

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