Saturday 23 March 2019

Kent open-topper

Stagecoach's Thanet open-top route 69

The hugely popular open-top bus will be returning to Thanet this year for an even longer season!

Route 69 will be back from Saturday 6 April 2019, running the same route as last season between Ramsgate Boating Pool and Broadstairs Stone Bay.

Operating dates

Daily between:
Saturday 6 April and Monday 22 April

Every weekend (including bank holidays) between:
Saturday 27 April and Sunday 19 May
Saturday 8 June and Sunday 21 July
Saturday 7 September and Sunday 29 September

All week during school holidays:Half Term - Saturday 25 May to Sunday 2 June
Summer - Wednesday 24 July to Sunday 1 September

Plus special Fridays:
Good Friday, 19 April
Dickens Festival, 21 June

When and where to catch route 69

1  Stone Bay
2  Broadstairs, Queen's Road
3  Broadstairs, Victoria Parade
4  Dumpton Gap
5  Granville Theatre
6  Ramsgate Harbour
7  West Cliff, Boating Pool 

And finally. A tad under 50-years ago route 69 was operated by National Bus Company subsidiary East Kent, using a small number of converted Park Royal bodied Guy double-decks. One such was 376 (FFN 376), shown here on a somewhat cool summer's day, going on the look and dress of the passengers, at Palm Bay, Margate during June 1970.