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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.

Denton, Milton and Chalk will benefit from a more frequent service due to an increased frequency on Sapphire Services 480 and 490.

These will run every seven or eight minutes for the main part of the day and alternate buses will run from Valley Drive via St. Hilda's Way to Riverview Park.

Demand for late night and early morning Sapphire buses has resulted in extra journeys being added in the middle of the night so that the 480/490 will become a twenty-four hour service, seven days a week. During the middle of the night, buses will run every two hours.

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

The other main change for Denton, Milton and Chalk is that the existing Service 499 will be renumbered 481 and its route between Perry Street and Bluewater will be changed so that it will run via Coldharbour Avenue, Dene Holm Road, Mitchell Avenue, Waterdales, Pepper Hill and then direct to Bluewater, instead of serving Mulberry Road, Landseer Avenue, Ebbsfleet International Station, Castle Hill and Alkerden Lane.

A minor change affecting Service 190 to Chatham is that it will leave Gravesend from the Rail Station bus stops in Clive Road and not from its existing stop in Garrick Street.

Don't forget that Service 190 provides a direct link from Denton, Milton and Chalk to the Medway Towns, now running every twenty minutes for the main part of the day on Mondays to Saturdays and with an hourly service on Sundays.

It's ideal for a day out at historic Rochester and with a Summer Sizzler family day ticket costing just £10, you can hop off the bus at Rochester to explore the cathedral, castle, riverside and Victorian High Street - great value for groups of two adults and two children, or one adult and three children, travelling together!