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Changes to Arriva services in the Maidstone area from 8th July 2018

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We will be making changes to most of our services in the Maidstone area on 8th July 2018.
There will be a complete revision of routes in the Grove Green, Madginford, Downswood and Bearsted areas, with new times, new routes and some improved frequencies.
We will also be increasing the number of buses to Tenterden, giving a half-hourly off-peak frequency on weekdays and an hourly service on Sundays.
The frequency of Sunday Service 7 between Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells will be doubled to run every thirty minutes.
In Maidstone Bus Station some buses will depart from different stops to those used currently in order to help reduce congestion.

Full details of the changes are shown below.

Service 3: Town Centre – Tonbridge Road – Maidstone Hospital
There will be minor changes to the Monday to Friday times but the frequency on Saturdays will be revised to run every thirty minutes.

Combined with Service 7 this will give a fifteen-minute Saturday frequency along Tonbridge Road between the town centre and Fountain Lane. 

Buses will continue to run along Tonbridge Road every ten minutes on Mondays to Fridays.

In Maidstone Bus Station, Service 3 buses will depart from Stop H4 instead of H1.

Service 4: Town Centre – Loose Road – Enterprise Road – Shepway – Downswood
This service will be completely revised.

It will continue to serve Downswood but will no longer run via Loose Road, Enterprise Road, or Shepway.

Instead it will run half-hourly from Maidstone direct via Ashford Road and then via Spot Lane to Madginford Road, Egremont Road, Madginford Road, Willington Street and Deringwood Drive to Downswood.

In Maidstone Bus Station, Service 4 buses will depart from Stop J3 instead of J5.

Service 5: Maidstone – Loose – Staplehurst – Cranbrook – Hawkhurst – Sandhurst
The timetable will be revised and will incorporate some extra journeys for Hawkhurst.

In Maidstone Bus Station, Service 5 buses will continue to depart from Stop J4.

Service 6/6A: Maidstone – Barming – Wateringbury – East Peckham – Paddock Wood – Pembury – Tunbridge Wells
There will be minor timetable changes to improve reliability.

Additional early morning and late afternoon/early evening buses will run between Tunbridge Wells town centre and Tunbridge Wells Hospital.

In Maidstone Bus Station, Service 6 buses will depart from Stop H3 instead of H1.

Service 6X: Maidstone – Maidstone Hospital – Barming – Wateringbury – Nettlestead – Colts Hill – Tunbridge Wells Hospital
The Monday to Friday timetable will be revised to run only between Maidstone Hospital and Tunbridge Wells Hospital. It will no longer run between Maidstone town centre and Maidstone Hospital.

There will be Service 6X buses on Saturdays and Sundays during the early morning and late afternoon/early evening periods for the benefit of hospital staff.

Service 7: Maidstone – Barming – Wateringbury – Mereworth – Hadlow – Tonbridge Tunbridge Wells
There will be minor changes to the Monday to Friday timetable but the Saturday frequency will be revised to run every thirty minutes for the main part of the day. Combined with Service 3, this will give a fifteen-minute Saturday frequency along Tonbridge Road between the town centre and Fountain Lane.

The Sunday frequency will be doubled to run every thirty minutes.

In Maidstone Bus Station, Service 7 buses will depart from Stop H4 instead of H1.

Service 8: Town Centre – Fant – Beverley Road – Maidstone Hospital
The timetable will be revised to run hourly.

In Maidstone Bus Station, Service 8 buses will depart from Stop H3 instead of from King Street outside Boots.

Service 9: Town Centre – Vinters Park – Grove Green – Ashford Road – The Landway – Bearsted
This service will be revised to run only between the town centre, Vinters Park and Grove Green Tesco. It will serve Grove Green as an anticlockwise loop from Bearsted Road via New Cut Road, Grovewood Drive, Provender Way and Grovewood Drive North to Tesco’s, returning direct via Grovewood Drive North to New Cut Road and then Bearsted Road.

It will run every thirty minutes on Mondays to Saturdays and there will be a new hourly service on Sundays.

Servivce 9 will no longer serve Ashford Road, the Landway and Bearsted.

Ashford Road will instead be served by re-routed Service 4 (to Madginford and Downswood) and new Service 11 (to The Landway and Bearsted), between them giving a thirty-minute frequency during the main part of the day on Mondays to Saturdays together with quicker journey times to and from the town for Madginford and Downswood.

In Maidstone Bus Station, Service 9 buses will depart from Stop H5 instead of H4.

Service 11: Town Centre – Ashford Road – The Landway – Bearsted
This new hourly service will run during the off-peak period on Mondays to Saturdays running direct via Ashford Road to The Landway and then via the existing Service 9 route through Bearsted, giving a considerably more direct route between the town and Bearsted than at present.

In Maidstone Bus Station, Service 11 buses will depart from Stop J3.

Service 12: Maidstone – Sutton Road – Sutton Valence – Headcorn – Biddenden – Tenterden
The Monday to Friday buses that run between Maidstone and Headcorn will be extended to run through to Tenterden, giving a half-hourly off-peak frequency and doubling the number of buses for Biddenden and Tenterden during the main part of the day.

The Sunday service will also be extended beyond Headcorn to and from Tenterden, giving a new hourly service for Biddenden and Tenterden.

In Maidstone Bus Station, Service 12 buses will continue to depart from Stop J3.

Service 59: Maidstone – Loose – Boughton Monchelsea - Chart Sutton – Kingswood – Ulcombe – Grafty Green
The basic timetable will be unchanged, except that the 0653 hours bus on Mondays to Fridays from Grafty Green to Maidstone (Oakwood Park) will be renumbered as Service 89, will run seven minutes earlier between Grafty Green and Linton Cross Roads and will then run via Coxheath.

In Maidstone Bus Station, Service 59 buses will depart from Stop J3 instead of J4.

Service 60: Town Centre – London Road – Palace Wood – Allington – Hermitage Lane – Maidstone Hospital
This service will no longer run due to insufficient use having been made of it.  

Service 64: Cornwallis Academy buses
The Service 64 buses will renumbered as 641, 642 and 643 to distinguish the three route variations. There is no change to the timetable.

Service 71: Maidstone – London Road – Allington – Ditton – Larkfield – Lunsford Park – Snodland or Leybourne Park
The timetable will be revised to give a fifteen-minute service along London Road between Maidstone and Larkfield and to Lunsford Park. Two buses an hour will continue to run to Holborough and Snodland and two an hour to Leybourne Park.

The Snodland buses will be re-routed to run via the northern end of Lunsford Lane between Lunsford Park and Leybourne Way instead of via Gighill Road.

Snodland buses will continue to be numbered as 71 but those to Leybourne Park will be numbered 71A.

In Maidstone Bus Station, Service 71 and 71A buses will continue to depart from Stop H2.

Service 72: Maidstone – London Road – Allington – Ditton – Larkfield – Clare Park – West Malling – Kings Hill
The frequency of this service will be revised to run hourly and the Sunday service will no longer be provided due to insufficient use being made of it. Service X1 will continue to provide a quick, direct service between Maidstone, West Malling and Kings Hill at its existing times on Mondays to Fridays.

In Maidstone Bus Station, Service 72 buses will depart from Stop H1 instead of H2.

Service 73: Kings Hill – Airfield Estate
This service will no longer run due to insufficient use having been made of it.

Service 79: Town Centre – Boxley Road – Penenden Heath
This service will run to revised times, but with Monday to Friday buses continuing to run every thirty minutes.

On Saturdays the service will be revised to run hourly but for a longer period of the day.

Service 82: Town Centre – Sutton Road – Sutton Woods – Park Wood
To improve reliability, buses running towards Maidstone will run non-stop from the Sheals Crescent bus stop on Loose Road to Mill Street to allow them to use the outside lane which is generally less congested than the left-hand lane and to thereby reduce delays at busy times.   The Saturday frequency will be revised to run every twelve minutes.

Services 5, 12, 13, 59 and 89 will continue to observe all stops between Sheal’s Crescent and Mill Street.

In Maidstone Bus Station, Service 82 buses will depart from Stop J2 instead of J3.

Service 85: Town Centre – Foster Clark Estate – Shepway – Senacre Wood
There will be minor changes to the Monday to Friday timetable but the main daytime frequency on Saturdays will be revised to run every twelve minutes.

In Maidstone Bus Station, Service 85 buses will depart from Stop J5 instead of J1.

Service 89: Town Centre – Loose Road – Coxheath
There will be minor changes ot the Monday to Friday timetable and the 0653 Service 59 bus from Grafty Green to Oakwood Park will be numbered as 89 and will run via Coxheath, giving new links from Coxheath to Oakwood Park.

The Saturday timetable will be revised to run every thirty minutes during the main part of the day.

In Maidstone Bus Station, Service 89 buses will continue to depart from Stop J4.

Service 101: Maidstone - Chatham - Gillingham
There is no change to the timetable but, in Maidstone Bus Station, the evening Service 101 buses will depart from Stop H3 instead of H4.

Service 155: Maidstone - Aylesford - Eccles - Rochester - Chatham
There is no change to the timetable but, in Maidstone Bus Station, Service 155 buses will depart from Stop H3 instead of H4.

Service 333: Maidstone - Sittingbourne - Faversham
Service 334: Maidstone - Sittingbourne - Sheerness

There is no change to the timetable but, in Maidstone Bus Station, Service 333 and 334 buses will depart from Stop H5 instead of H4.

 

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