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Stagecoach East Kent has launched a new bus service from Canterbury to Howletts Zoo.

Operating six times a day, tickets cost £2.60 single and £4.40 return, with children between the ages of five and 15 travelling half price. Timetables will be available to view in the Howletts Gatehouse and at Canterbury Bus Station.

Bob O’Connor, Managing Director of Howletts and Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks, said: “Visitors who use this direct service will be able to take advantage of our ‘twofor- one’ entry offer when they print out a special voucher from stagecoachbus.com/eastkent and show their bus tickets and voucher on arrival at the Gatehouse.”

Philip Norwell, Managing Director of Stagecoach East Kent, said: “We are delighted to be working with Howletts to provide a bus service from Canterbury West Station and the bus station to the Wild Animal Park.”

Sussex Bus says it plans to engage more with its local community. To this end, it has initiated a Bus Surgery in the Burgess Hill area. Russell Stepe, Managing Director of Sussex Bus said: “We recognise that we need to get involved with our customers and find out their views on what they want from their local services. The Bus Surgery at Burgess Hill will give customers an opportunity to come along and meet the managers and share their thoughts. This will be the start of our community engagement whilst we build a better bus service for Burgess Hill and the rest of our network.”

In the interests of consistency, Sussex Bus said it was delighted fellow operators Metrobus and Compass Bus had agreed to attend the event, so that customers can speak about all services that may affect them.

The Bus Surgery was due to be held on Wednesday (May 28) at the old Barcena Bar, Burgess Hill.