The big conversation

This consultation has now closed.

Update August 2018

Thank you to those that took part in the big conversation consultation by completing the online questionnaire and by attending the public meetings. Your feedback is really important to us and will help us make decisions about how we deliver the future of rural transport in Kent.

Analysis of the responses is underway and a consultation report will be presented in September 2018. We will be hosting a Bus Summit at County Hall in October which will provide an opportunity to announce the pilot schemes to be implemented in early 2019. The report and updated consultation information will be published on this website throughout the autumn.

The big conversation consultation

We want to find out if there is an innovative and sustainable way of providing transport to rural communities in Kent and we want to explore our ideas with you.

Against a backdrop of ever decreasing funding for local councils KCC want to maintain, and where possible, improve accessibility for those without an alternative means of travel in rural areas. This will help tackle social isolation and provide the right transport solution for the right customer need, at the right price.

You can stay up to date with the consultation via our Facebook and Twitter channels.

Your feedback

Your feedback is important and will help shape the future of rural transport in Kent.

During the consultation we asked about:

  • your use of public transport and the journeys you take
  • your priorities for a sustainable rural transport service
  • your thoughts on the 3 initial ideas we have developed
  • any additional information you think we need to consider when shaping the services for the future.

Read our consultation booklet to find out more about how we support public transport in Kent and our ideas for the future.

Public meetings

We held 12 public meetings across Kent to which everyone was welcome to attend. We presented our initial ideas and provided opportunities for people to ask questions.


19 June 20187 - 9pmDover Town Hall, The Maison Dieu, Biggin Street, Dover, CT16 1DL
21 June 20187 - 9pmMargate Football Club, Hartsdown Park, Hartsdown Road, Margate CT9 5QZ
26 June 20187 - 9pmElite Venue Centre, Dunkirk Close, Gravesend, DA12 5ND


4 July 2018
7 - 9pm
The Stag Community Arts Centre, London Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 1ZZ
5 July 20187 - 9pmBorough Green Village Hall, Borough Green, TN15 8DG
10 July 20187 - 9pmUniversity of Kent, Darwin Conference Suite, Canterbury CT2 7NZ
12 July 20187 - 9pmSaint Mary's Bay Village Hall, Romney Marsh, TN29 0SW
17 July 20187 - 9pm
Homewood School, Ashford Road, Tenterden, TN30 6LT
18 July 20187 - 9pmUK P Leisure, Avenue of Remembrance, Sittingbourne, ME10 4DE
19 July 20187 - 9pmSessions House, Lecture Theatre, Maidstone, ME14 1XQ
24 July 20187 - 9pm
The High Weald Academy, Cranbrook, TN17 2PJ
25 July 20185 - 7pmPrinces' Park (Dartford Football Club), Darenth Road, Dartford, DA1 1RT