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.
There will be some changes to the services that run through Swanscombe, involving alterations to the route and number of some services.
More frequent Sapphire buses
One of the main changes is that Sapphire services 480 and 490 will be increased in frequency to give a bus every seven or eight minutes between Greenhithe, Swanscombe, Northfleet, Gravesend and Valley Drive.
Beyond Greenhithe they will also run more frequently – every fifteen minutes to Dartford and every fifteen minutes to Bluewater.
At Valley Drive, alternate buses will either run every fifteen minutes via St. Hilda’s Way to Riverview Park, or every fifteen minutes to the existing terminus at Mackenzie Way.
With the late night and early morning Service 480/490 buses already proving popular we are introducing extra buses during the middle of the night so that the service will run twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, giving a two-hourly service between Dartford, Bluewater, Gravesend and Valley Drive through the early hours.
Following the trial use of double-deck buses to Sapphire specification on these routes, we will be adding another four such buses to the fleet for the 9th August changes, all fitted with free on-board Wi-Fi, next-stop audio-visual displays, three-pin and USB power sockets next to each seat and eco-leather seating.
You can view the new Sapphire 480/490 map here.
Brand-new Fastrack buses
The times of Fastrack B through Swanscombe will be largely unchanged but the peak-time frequency on Mondays to Fridays will be increased so that buses will run every nine minutes, retaining the ten-minute service for the main part of the day.
Brand-new low-carbon buses will be entering service on Fastrack B during July, bringing additional features to the route, such as three-pin and USB power points by each seat, eco-leather seating, full rear destination and service number displays as well as free on-board Wi-Fi and next-stop audio-visual displays.
Big changes for the 498
Service 498 that links Swanscombe with Bluewater, Ebbsfleet International Rail Station, Perry Street, Gravesend and Kings Farm will be replaced by new Service 483.
The 483 will run every fifteen minutes on Mondays to Saturdays, as the 498 does at present, and hourly on Sundays, giving a new Sunday link to Bluewater.
The route through Swanscombe will be revised slightly, so that buses will run via Manor Road instead of Gunn Lane.
Between Swanscombe and Perry Street, Service 483 will run via Ebbsfleet International Station, Pepper Hill, Hall Road, Landseer Avenue, Mulberry Avenue, and Coldharbour Avenue.
Alternate buses will run via either Castle Hill or Springhead Park, giving a half-hourly link to each housing development.
You can view the route map for Service 483 here.
Services 306 and 308
The route of Services 306/308 will be shortened so that they will run only between Gravesend, Meopham, Borough Green and Sevenoaks. They will, however, continue to serve Northfleet, Swanscombe and Bluewater during the evening and on Sundays.