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Driving home the message

Contributed by editor on May 14, 2005 - 12:47 PM

DRIVING HOME THE MESSAGE

An open-top double deck bus took to the streets of Folkestone yesterday (13 May) to help promote a new service aimed at getting people home safely after a night o­n the town.

The Shepway Nite Rider service, which starts o­n Friday 27 May, aims to help reduce late night anti-social behaviour by offering a bus ride home for £1.

The Nite Rider bus will pick up passengers from Harbour Approach at 12.45am, 1.30am and 2.15am and take them to 12 drop-of points across the town and as far as Hawkinge.

Sarah Williams, Crime and Disorder Reduction Officer, said Nite Rider aimed to disperse late-night revelers from the streets as well as providing a fast and safe service home.

“Not everyone has money for a taxi. Some people would rather spend their taxi fare o­n o­ne last drink and then walk home. That is not always a sensible option.â€?

The scheme will initially run for a three-month trial period.