Free bus travel in Kent for children in families on low income

by Ciaran Duggan, local democracy reporter

Bus companies are providing free travel for the county's families on the lowest income.

Kent County Council (KCC) has announced that young children will be able to journey across the 12 districts for theatre shows, Christmas pantomimes and winter wonderlands.

It is hoped the scheme will help children enjoy the festivities. Picture: iStock/PA
It is hoped the scheme will help children enjoy the festivities. Picture: iStock/PA

The Conservative administration says this forms part of a wider effort to help youngsters to enjoy life, with fun activities and socialising opportunities.

It comes as children have faced major disruption to their livelihoods from the coronavirus pandemic, including missing classes and isolating from friends.

Cllr Sue Chandler (Con), KCC's cabinet member for education, said: "This will allow more children to have a great time."

Her comments were made at a meeting involving more than a dozen cabinet members and senior officers at County Hall, Maidstone.

This forms part of a £10million package recognising the "selfless contribution" that youngsters have played in helping parents and families stay safe last year.

The scheme will offer free bus trips to those most in need. Stock image
The scheme will offer free bus trips to those most in need. Stock image

Under this, community activities put out include winter wonderlands and plays.

For instance, three performances of the fairytale, Hansel and Gretel, will be performed at Kent's country parks over the festive period.

Shows are due to start today at the 170-acre woodland of Trosley Country Park near Wrotham and tomorrow.

Soon after, it will be followed by a live performance at Lullingstone Country Park near Eynsford on Saturday, December 18 and Brockhill Country Park in Hythe on Monday, December 20 and Tuesday, December 21.

Performances will start at 10.15am and 12.15pm at all parks. Tickets will cost £10.50 per adult and £8.50 per child.

Cllr Chandler added: "The county's bus companies are providing free travel for low income families.

"Our holiday activities include providers taking young children to the pantomime or other local Christmas events."

Families can access more information here.

Share this story

Helpful links

© KM Group 2022