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Free Island Hoppa bus summer service starts next week

Published Monday 19 July, 2021
Last updated on Thursday 26 August, 2021

Swale visitors and locals will be able to travel around Sheppey this summer thanks to a new pilot bus service from Swale Borough Council.

The Island Hoppa bus will connect communities on Sheppey, giving everybody the opportunity to make the most of what’s on their doorstep this summer.

The service starts next week on Tuesday, 27 July, and will provide a continuous service around the Island every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9am to 5:30pm until Thursday, 30 September.

An evening bus service will also run at the weekend from Leysdown to Sheerness from 6:30pm to 11pm every Friday and Saturday.

Cllr Monique Bonney, cabinet member for economy and property at the council, said:

“We’ve committed £26,000 from the government’s welcome back fund to help boost the local economy around the Island with The Island Hoppa bus.

“Locals and visitors will be able to hop-on and hop-off of the bus free of charge as they visit nearby restaurants, museums, beaches, holiday parks, the harbour, theatre, shopping centre and heritage centre.

“Chalkwell will be running the service, and if it goes well, we can look at funding it every summer.

“It’s important to us that we support local tourism on the Island. Nationwide restrictions are starting to ease, and we expect to have high numbers of visitors heading to Sheppey for a holiday with the current international travel restrictions still in place.

“Local businesses, holiday parks, shops and restaurants need a boost after surviving two lockdowns and we hope the hoppa bus service will deliver the much-needed custom they need this summer.”

You can download the Hoppa Bus timetable (PDF 136kb).