Maidstone Quality Bus Partnership
Most bus services in
Maidstone are run by Arriva.
A quality bus partnership was agreed with the company and
Maidstone Borough Council in 2000. Since then, a range of
improvements have been made to the buses, the waiting environments
and the services.
There are 25 buses used on local bus services in Maidstone. This
includes the 82 service to Parkwood and the 85 service to Shepway.
The Senacre services were refurbished in March 2005 at considerable
cost to the bus company.
New LED destination blinds were fitted, the seating and
panelling was replaced and the overall image of the buses was
The Maidstone Park and Ride service, paid for by Maidstone
Borough Council and run by Arriva, received new buses in spring
The 101 service, which is an express service between Medway and
Maidstone has also received new low floor, easy access buses, which
are distinctly branded as the "Expressline". The service, which
used to run every half an hour, now runs every 15 minutes during
the week and passenger numbers have increased significantly, in
part due to the reduced journey times between the two towns.
Major improvements are also being made on the London Road
corridor, with a programme of measures to increase the flow of
buses, to improve bus stops and provide better real-time
With the arrival of four new buses, most services on this
corridor will operate with low floor, easy access buses. This will
help families with pushchairs, elderly people with shopping
trolleys and passengers using wheelchairs.
In 2009, Kent County Council, in partnership with Tunbridge
Wells Borough Council, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust and
Arriva Southern Counties, submitted a bid for Kickstart funding to
the Department for Transport.
If successful, this will see a marked improvement in the service
provided on the key inter-urban routes 6 and 7 between Maidstone
and Tunbridge Wells. This will also improve the service to and from
the expanded Pembury Hospital.