Record number of passengers enjoy sights of the New Forest from open-top bus (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Record number of passengers enjoy sights of the New Forest from open-top bus
3:30pm Sunday 9th September 2012 in News
A SUMMER sightseeing service that provides car-free trips around the New Forest is celebrating the most successful month in its history.
Open-topped buses operated by the hugely popular New Forest Tour carried more than 15,000 passengers in August, smashing all previous records. The service is now being extended to October 14, giving visitors an extra four weeks to explore the New Forest National Park. The number of passengers has risen from 9,000 in 2006 to nearly 34,000 last year, when more than 147,000 car miles were saved.
Members of the National Park Authority (NPA) say the hop on, hop off tour is the perfect way to view the area.
The tour has two inter-changeable routes that include key villages and tourist attractions, including Exbury Gardens and the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu . Buses are equipped with a storage area for bikes and a GPS-activated commentary that enables passengers to learn more about the history and culture of the Forest.
The New Forest Tour is operated by the NPA in partnership with the Bluestar and Wilts & Dorset bus companies.