Stagecoach cut Thanet services and change route – The Isle Of Thanet News

Stagecoach Thanet Loop (archive image)

The Stagecoach bus company is cutting a number of its services in Thanet.

From August 28, there will be timetable changes affecting lines 8, 8A, 8X, 9, 32, 34, 45 and Loop. School time services 932, 933, 943, 946, 948, 949 and 989 will also change.

The following bus lines will no longer be operated by Stagecoach:

Route 33 (East Esplanade, Kingsgate, Grange Road, Stanley Road, East Dumpton and Colburn Road)

Route 37 (Stanley Road, Lanthorne Road/Stone Road, St. Peter’s Village and The Silvers)

From the same date, route 9 will no longer operate between Monkton and Canterbury.

MD Joel Mitchell

Joel Mitchell, managing director of Stagecoach South East, said: “We have done everything we can to protect the services since the pandemic.

“We want to regenerate our customer base and get people back to using the buses as quickly as possible so that we can expand our networks, but before we can do that we have to make some tough decisions, working closely with the County Council, to agree on a new network that reflects the fundamental changes in people’s travel patterns caused by the pandemic. This network review is also a condition of government stimulus funding for bus services across England.

“Where some services are reduced it is a tough call as we know the impact this can have on individuals, but this new network for Thanet is designed to protect core connections and operate them sustainably in a backdrop of rising costs and labor issues in the UK economy.

“We remain absolutely committed to working with our local authority partners, as well as other stakeholders, to provide the best possible bus networks to local communities. Going forward, our goal is to grow the network by encouraging more people to switch from cars to buses, for the benefit of our economy, the health and well-being of citizens and our environment.

Councilor Barry Lewis

Barry Lewis (Labour), Shadow Cabinet Member of Kent County Council for Transport and Representative for Margate, said: ‘We cannot rely on private for-profit companies for affordable and frequent bus services for the community.

“Other parts of the country, such as Manchester, London and Cornwall, have a better system where buses and trains run together under local authority control.

“If we are ever going to get people back on buses, we need a Transport for Kent strategy where people come before profits.”

DETAILS

Routes 8, 8A and 8X (Westwood, Northdown Park, Margate, Canterbury)

There will be some limited adjustments to bus schedules. Please check back to see a new schedule in August.

Routes 9 and 9X (Westwood, Broadstairs, Minster, Canterbury)

There will no longer be a day service to and from Canterbury. However, some routes on the 9X route during peak hours will continue to operate the entire route. A new off-peak Route 9 service will run hourly between Ramsgate and Monkton, serving Minster Road, Downs Road, Chiltern Lane, Nethercourt Estate and Manna Hutte, turning at Monkton and serving Minster in the same way as the current Route 11. Please check back to see a new schedule in August.

Route 11 (Westwood, Manston, Minster, Monkton, Plucks Gutter, Stourmouth, Preston, Wingham, Ickham, Wickhambreaux and Canterbury)

This service will no longer be operated by Stagecoach. Monkton and Minster will continue to be served by Route 9 (see below) and Wingham will continue to be served by Route 43.

Route 32 (Dane Valley, Margate, Garlinge)

There will be some limited adjustments to bus schedules. Please check back to see a new schedule in August.

Route 33 (Margate, Cliftonville, Kingsgate, Broadstairs, East Dumpton, Ramsgate)

This service will no longer be operated by Stagecoach. There will be no buses serving Eastern Esplanade, Grange Road, Stanley Road, East Dumpton and Colburn Road, but most other areas on this route will continue to be served by nearby alternative bus service.

Route 34 (Minnis Bay, Birchington, Margate, QEQM (rear), Westwood, Newington, Ramsgate)

There will be some adjustments to the bus schedules. Buses between Minnis Bay and Margate will run every 30 minutes. Please check back to see a new schedule in August.

Highway 45 (Ramsgate, Nethercourt, Cliffs End, Sandwich)

This route will be extended to serve Broadstairs, running a clockwise circuit from Gladstone Road to Pierremont Hall and Queens Road. Route 45 will no longer serve the Nethercourt Estate or Chiltern Lane – these will be served by Route 9 (see above). Please check back to see a new schedule in August.

Loop (all around Thanet)

There will be some limited adjustments to bus schedules. Friday evening and Saturday evening trips will no longer operate. A new calendar will be published in August.

Changes Affecting School Bus Services

Hartsdown Academy, King Etherlbert School

The 932 to 0825 bus route from Margate to Minnis Bay will no longer operate. Please use bus 0823 route 932 from Margate which has spare capacity.

The 0801 route 932 bus from Dane Valley will also run along Maynard Avenue to serve Garlinge Primary School.

Bus 1505 route 932 from Hartsdown Academy to Margate will no longer operate. Please use route 32 service as an alternative.

Royal Harbor Academy (Newlands Lane), Dane Court Grammar School

The 0728 bus on route 933 from Cliftonville to Dane Court will no longer operate. Please use Loop service, 946 or 960 instead.

Hartsdown Academy, King Etherlbert School, Dane Court Grammar School, St George’s School

Bus 943 will be rerouted to avoid reversing at St. Nicholas, The Oaks.

Royal Harbor Academy, St George’s School

Bus route 946 will be diverted to serve St Lawrence, Newington Road, The Royal Harbor Academy, Dane Court and St George’s School to replace part of route 933.

Dane Court Grammar School, St George’s School

Bus 948 to 0740 from Cliftonville will be renumbered route 960.

Bus 949 at 0742 from St Peters Rail Bridge will renumber route 960 and leave St. Peter’s Rail Bridge at 0732, serving Kingsgate, Northdown Park, Cliftonville, Dane Valley, Laleham Corner, Margate, St George’s School and Dane Court School.

Bus 948 to 1535 from Dane Court will no longer operate. Please use bus 1535 route 960 instead which will reroute to St. Peters, Kingsgate, Northdown Park, Cliftonville (The Wheatsheaf), Dane Valley, Warwick Road and Margate.

Ramsgate Schools – Chatham House and Claredon House Secondary Schools

The 989 bus will no longer work. Please use Loop service and 8/8A instead.

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