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More frequent bus services for Kent Thameside

We're making changes to some of our bus routes and times in the Kent Thameside area from Sunday 9th August, with some big improvements across the area.

There will be more frequent buses for some parts of Kent Thameside, high-quality Sapphire buses for Riverview Park, brand-new buses for Fastrack services and new links for several areas.

Some services will be given new numbers and some routes will be linked differently.

To find out more about the changes click the tabs below.

The 'general overview' tab gives you a summary of the main changes and the service-by-service tab lists all our services in the Kent Thameside area, with full details of what is happening to your local bus route.

The other tabs summarise the changes specifically for those areas affected by the changes.

New timetable leaflets for the services that are altering will be available well in advance of the start date and the new times will be available online by mid-July.

The changes - service by service

111 Shorne - Higham – Gravesend Schools
No changes.

190 (formerly 136) Gravesend – Denton – Chalk – Higham – Strood – Rochester – Chatham
- No changes to the times of this service that has been numbered 190 (formerly 136) since 12th July. It now runs every twenty minutes on weekdays, with an hourly service on Sundays. Most buses on this route are fitted with free Wi-Fi.
- In Gravesend town centre, buses will depart from Clive Road (Rail Station) instead of Garrick Street.

306/308 Bluewater – Swanscombe – Northfleet – Gravesend – Istead Rise - Meopham – Vigo – Borough Green – Sevenoaks
- The timetable will be revised to improve reliability
- The main daytime service on Mondays to Saturdays will run only between Gravesend and Sevenoaks, with buses serving Northfleet, Swanscombe and Bluewater only during the evening and on Sundays.
- In Sevenoaks the route will be revised to run between Seal and the town centre via St. John’s Hill and Mount Harry Road to Sevenoaks Rail Station and then the Bus Station, instead of running via Bradbourne Vale Road, Riverhead and London Road. Some buses at school times will divert to serve Knole Academy.
- When the new Trinity School opens in September, some Schoolday buses will run via the school grounds.

414 Dartford – Wilmington – Hawley – Sutton-at-Hone - South Darenth – Horton Kirby
No changes.

423 Dartford – Fleet Estate - Darenth – Longfield – Hartley – New Ash Green
- Services 423, 433 and 489 will be revised to provide a half-hourly service between Longfield and New Ash Green, with the 423 continuing to run hourly between Dartford and New Ash Green. The 433 from Bluewater to New Ash Green and the 489 from Gravesend will both run two-hourly to match the services more closely to demand.

424 Temple Hill – Dartford – Crayford – Wilmington Academy
No changes.

433 Bluewater – Darent Valley Hospital – Fleet Estate - Darenth – Longfield - Hartley – New Ash Green
- Services 423, 433 and 489 will be revised to provide a half-hourly service between Longfield and New Ash Green, with the 423 continuing to run hourly between Dartford and New Ash Green. The 433 from Bluewater to New Ash Green and the 489 from Gravesend will both run two-hourly to match the services more closely to demand.

455 Dartford – Crossways – Greenhithe – Swanscombe – Northfleet – Gravesend – Singlewell – Valley Drive
No changes.

470 Burnham Road – Dartford
No changes.    

474/475 Greenhithe - Bluewater – Bean – Westwood – Longfield – Southfleet - Betsham
Revised Monday to Friday timetable to accommodate revised school times at Longfield Academy from September.

477 Bluewater Darent Valley Hospital – Dartford – Wilmington – Hextable – Swanley – Crockenhill – St. Mary Cray – Orpington
No changes.

Sapphire 480/490 Temple Hill – Dartford – Bluewater – Greenhithe – Swanscombe – Northfleet – Gravesend – Denton – Chalk – Valley Drive
- These services will be improved to run more frequently, will be extended to serve Riverview Park and will run twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
- Buses will run every 7 or 8 minutes between Greenhithe, Swanscombe, Northfleet, Gravesend, Denton, Chalk and Valley Drive. Alternate buses will run from Valley Drive via St. Hilda’s Way to Riverview Park, giving a fifteen-minute Sapphire service to Riverview Park, the other buses continuing to the top of Valley Drive and Mackenzie Way as at present.
- Riverview Park will also be served by new Service 481 every fifteen minutes that will replace the existing 499. Between them, Services 480 and 481 will give a bus into between Riverview Park and the town centre every 7 or 8 minutes, with the 481 extending Gravesend every thirty minutes to Bluewater.
- Beyond Greenhithe, Sapphire 480 will run every fifteen minutes to and from Horns Cross, Stone and Dartford and Sapphire 490 every fifteen minutes to and from Bluewater, giving increased frequencies on both routes.
- Due to increasing use of the late night and early morning buses, Service 490 will run twenty-four hours a day throughout the week, with a two-hourly service from Valley Drive to Bluewater and Temple Hill during the middle of the night.
- Following the trial use of double-deck buses on these services, we will be adding another four to the Sapphire fleet at our Northfleet Depot, all fitted with free Wi-Fi, eco-leather seating, three-pin and USB power sockets and audio-visual next-stop displays that announce the name of the next bus stop as the bus approaches.

You can view the new Sapphire 480/490 map here.

485 Riverview Park – Gravesend – Northfleet – Swanscombe – Dartford – Wilmington Academy
No changes.

489 Gravesend – Pepper Hill – Southfleet – Longfield – New Barn – New Ash Green
- Services 423, 433 and 489 will be revised to provide a half-hourly service between Longfield and New Ash Green, with the 423 continuing to run hourly between Dartford and New Ash Green. The 433 from Bluewater to New Ash Green and the 489 from Gravesend will both run two-hourly to match the services more closely to demand.

495/496/498 Bluewater – Swanscombe – Ebbsfleet or Painters Ash - Perry Street – Gravesend – Echo Square – Kings Farm – Christianfields
- These services will be completely revised and numbered 482 and 483.
- At Kings Farm, the route will be standardised so that all buses run via Christianfields Avenue, instead of via the northern end of Wilberforce Way or via Hawkins Avenue and Cedar Avenue.
- Between Perry Street and Pepper Hill buses will run via Coldharbour Road, Mulberry Road, Landseer Avenue, Gainsborough Drive, Dene Holm Road and Hall Road (the current Service 499 route). From Pepper Hill, alternate buses will run either via Castle Hill or via Springhead Park, giving a half-hourly frequency on each route. They will all serve Ebbsfleet International Station, Swanscombe and Bluewater, giving a fifteen-minute service over that part of the route.
- In Swanscombe, the route will be changed so that buses will run via Manor Road instead of via Gunn Lane.
- The evening service will be improved to run hourly.
- The Sunday service will be extended to run to and from Bluewater.
- The Painters Ash area will be served by new Service 482 running between Gravesend, Perry Street, Painters Ash and Coldharbour every 30 minutes on Mondays to Saturdays.

You can view the new route map here.

497 Dartford – Swanscombe – Ebbsfleet Academy/St. George’s School
No changes.

499 Riverview Park – Denton - Gravesend – Perry Street – Coldharbour – Pepper Hill – Waterdales – Ebbsfleet International Station - Bluewater
- This service will be completely revised and will be renumbered 481 with a revised route between Perry Street and Bluewater and a new timetable.
- Between Gravesend and Riverview Park, buses will continue to run via the existing 499 route every fifteen minutes. In addition, Sapphire Service 480 will be increased in frequency and extended to run from Valley Drive via St. Hilda’s Way to Riverview Park every fifteen minutes. Between them, there will be Service 480 and 481 buses between Riverview Park and the town centre every 7 or 8 minutes.
- Beyond Gravesend, Service 481 will run half-hourly to Perry Street and then via Coldharbour Road, Dene Holm Road and Hall Road to Waterdales and then non-stop to Bluewater.
- The section of route currently covered by Service 499 in this area will be served by new Service 483 every fifteen minutes via Coldharbour Road, Mulberry Road, Landseer Avenue, Gainsborough Drive, Dene Holm Road and Hall Road. From Pepper Hill, alternate Service 483 buses will run either via Castle Hill or via Springhead Park, giving a half-hourly frequency on each route. They will all serve Ebbsfleet International Station, Swanscombe and Bluewater, giving a fifteen-minute service over that part of the route.

You can view the new route map here.

700 Bluewater – Earl Estate – Strood – Rochester – Chatham
No changes to this service that now runs every twenty minutes on Mondays to Saturdays and hourly on Sundays.

Fastrack A Dartford – Temple Hill – The Bridge – Crossways – Greenhithe Rail Station – Bluewater
Fastrack B Temple Hill – Dartford – Darent Valley Hospital – Bluewater – Greenhithe Rail Station – Ingress Park – Swanscombe – Northfleet - Gravesend
- Brand-new buses will be arriving on these routes, featuring comfortable and stylish eco-leather seats, next-stop audio-visual displays, free on-board Wi-Fi and three-pin and USB power points. Painted in a striking new Fastrack livery, these buses feature the latest micro-hybrid technology that produces minimal carbon emissions to help improve air quality in the Kent Thameside area.
- The timetable for Fastrack B will be increased to run every nine minutes at peak times on Mondays to Fridays and there will be alterations to the evening timetable.