A new fleet of ‘cleaner, greener’ buses has launched at Stonehenge in Wiltshire, offering groups a more accessible mode of transport around the English Heritage site.
Visitors can enjoy using the new buses to get from the visitor centre to the 5,000 year old stone circle.
The launch represents the on-going partnership between English Heritage and local Salisbury business, Tourist Coaches, and the new bus fleet operating at Stonehenge uses what’s said to be the latest in clean diesel technology.
English Heritage states that the new vehicles are better for air quality and quieter than the old buses, helping to ‘minimise their impact on the historic landscape and provide a more comfortable ride for visitors along with state-of-the-art technology’.
The six new buses in operation also have a larger capacity than the previous fleet. Each can carry 38 seated passengers, 42 standing, with space for a wheelchair user and a separate space for a pram. This allows groups disembarking from larger coaches to travel together directly to the stone circle from the groups-only pick up point located in the coach park.
Jennifer Davies, English Heritage head of operations at Stonehenge, said: “We are really excited to be taking delivery of our new greener buses. The great news for us and our visitors is that each vehicle can carry more people than our old buses, which means less time to wait on busy days before the journey to the stones begins. We’re looking forward to welcoming our first group visitors on board!”
Group booking information
Groups of 11 or more receive a 10% discount on entry prices to Stonehenge, and one tour leader and one coach driver are admitted free with each group.
Group admission to Stonehenge operates on a timed ticket system and group admission must be pre-booked. To book, call 0370-333 0604 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/stonehenge