Hampshire & Isle of Wight

New Forest National Park bus tour route launched

New Forest tour bus
Image caption The new route connects with the existing routes at Burley, Brockenhurst and Lymington

A new bus route has been launched in the New Forest to add to tours of the national park.

The blue route will take passengers through the south-west area, including New Milton.

It is supported by a £3.8m Department for Transport (DfT) fund which aims to encourage car-free journeys in the New Forest and South Downs national parks.

The tours already had red and green routes which cover the north and south east areas, including Beaulieu.

The new route, which started with a private tour for pupils from Milford Primary School, connects with the existing routes at Burley, Brockenhurst and Lymington.

The tour buses, which are operated by Go South Coast and the New Forest National Park Authority in partnership with Hampshire County Council, are equipped with audio guides and open to the public from Saturday until 15 September.

The park authority said the red and green routes, which have been running for six years, made almost 34,000 passenger journeys last year and contributed £500,000 to the local economy.

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