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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 existing Services 495, 496, 498 and 499 will be completely revised and replaced by new Services 481, 482 and 483.

These will run as follows:
- 481: Bluewater, Pepper Hill, Waterdales, Mitchell Avenue, Hall Road, Painters Ash Lane, Dene Holm Road, Coldharbour Road, Earl Road, Perry Street, Pelham Road, Gravesend, Milton, Denton, Lion Garage, Thong Lane and Riverview Park. Buses will run every fifteen minutes for the main part of the day.
- 482: Gravesend, Darnley Road, Old Road West, Perry Street, Earl Road and then a one-way anti-clockwise loop via Hall Road, Painters Ash Lane, Dene Holm Road and the existing 495 route back to Perry Street and to Gravesend. Buses will run every thirty minutes during the main part of the day.
- 483: Bluewater, Swanscombe, Castle Hill, Ebbsfleet International Station, Springhead Park and then along the same route as the existing 499 via Hall Road, Painters Ash Lane, Dene Holm Road, Gainsborough Drive, Landseer Avenue, Mulberry Road, Coldharbour Road, Earl Road, Perry Street and Pelham Road to Gravesend. Beyond Gravesend the 483 will run to Kings Farm and Christianfields, where the route will be simplified. Buses will run every fifteen minutes during the main part of the day. Alternate buses will run either via Castle Hill or via Springhead Park, giving a thirty-minute service to each of these new housing developments.

You can view the new Services 481, 482 and 483 route map here.

More local detail. . .
All three services will run along Perry Street and Earl Road.

The 482 will run along Hall Road between Earl Road and Painters Ash Lane, giving a new service to this part of Hall Road. There will no longer be a service along Vale Road or Colyer Road.

The section of Hall Road between Painters Ash Lane and Springhead Road will be served by Service 483.

The 481 and 483 will both run along Pelham Road between Gravesend and Perry Street. They will also both run along Coldharbour Avenue between Earl Road and Dene Holm Road.

Darnley Road will be served only by the 482, as will the New House area.
Dene Holm Road will be served by the 481 and 482.

At Painters Ash, the section of route along  Painters Ash Lane and Dene Holme Road between Hall Road and Gainsborough Drive  will be served by the 481, 482 and 483.
Pepper Hill Sainsbury’s will be served by the 481 and 483.

Gainsborough Drive, Landseer Avenue, Mulberry Road and the southern section of Coldharbour Road will be served by Service 483.