Bus service updates

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Last updated: 3 August 2022

Bus use in Kent, as with rest of the UK, has only partially recovered since the pandemic. It is currently estimated that local use of buses is around 80% of pre-pandemic levels, with off-peak use being much less than this.

KCC Travel Saver and 16+ Travel Saver

We encourage you to use the summary of services below to understand if you are affected by service changes before you apply and pay for a KCC Travel Saver pass or a 16+ Travel Saver pass.

If you have already purchased a pass which can no longer be used because of a bus service change, then we will issue a refund either in full or on a pro-rata basis, depending on if you have used the pass before requesting a refund.

The latest bus service updates

These are the known and anticipated changes and cancellations to bus services in Kent. The information shows services that are provided on a commercial basis (by bus operators) and those that are funded by us.

We are working with operators to try to provide some alternative services. When we receive information about alternative services, the information below will be updated.

Find out why these changes are taking place.

Bus numberOperatorRoute Change and impactDate of expected changeLatest update
001FarleighPeter's Village to Malling SchoolService withdrawnJuly 2022The Nu-Venture service 549 will replace the 001 service
2A Stagecoach Tenterden to Ashford Peak school journeys to and from Homewood School will be covered by one bus, and not two April 2022-
4 Arriva Downswood to Maidstone The last weekday late afternoon return journey is withdrawn April  2022-
5ArrivaMaidstone to SandhurstWithdrawal the 6:44pm Maidstone to Sandhurst journey and later on Monday to Saturday

Day time services not covered by this contract

Estimated saving: £59,601

(change linked to bus subsidy)
Autumn 2022-
5AHams TravelStaplehurst to CranbrookService withdrawnJuly 2022Arriva 5 service will provide an alternative solution to residents
6ArrivaEast Peckham to Tunbridge WellsThis contract provides for the diversion of the Sunday 6 service through Pembury, the remainder of the service operates on a commercial basis

Estimated saving: £11,700

(change linked to bus subsidy)
Autumn 2022-
6/ 645StagecoachHerne and Broomfield in to Hillborough School8:19am journey from Herne to Hillborough School via Broomfield and the return journey in the afternoon would be withdrawn

Estimated saving:
£27,659

(change linked to bus subsidy)
Autumn 2022-
6A Arriva Hale Street/ East Peckham to Tunbridge Wells Service withdrawn April  2022-
7StagecoachCanterbury to Herne BayMonday to Saturday service withdrawn

Except for off-peak Saturday service between Herne Bay Station, Hillborough to Altira Park
June 2022-
8ChalkwellSittingbourne to Kenilworth Court/ ConyerWithdrawal of 6 off peak journeys, Monday to Friday operating between Sittingbourne, Borden, Kenilworth Court, Bapchild and Teynham

Plus the 3:20pm from Sittingbourne Community College to Teynham

Estimated saving:
£313,698

(change linked to bus subsidy)
Autumn 2022-
9ChalkwellSittingbourne town serviceWithdrawal of the whole service, which operates on Mondays to Saturdays for Kenilworth Court, Bell Road and Northwood Avenue

Estimated saving:
included in the savings of the number 8 Chalkwell bus service

(change linked to bus subsidy)
Autumn 2022-
9StagecoachCanterbury to WestwoodThis route will no longer operate between Monkton and CanterburyAugust 2022Service 9X will continue to operate between Thanet and Canterbury.
11 Arriva Bearsted to Maidstone Withdrawal of single return journey between Bearsted village and Maidstone August 2022-
11StagecoachCanterbury to WestwoodService withdrawalAugust 2022Service 9X will continue to operate between Thanet and Canterbury.
13Nu-VentureHollingbourne to MaidstoneWithdrawal of the current Saturday service operating between Hollingbourne and Parkwood (for connections to Maidstone) via Leeds and Langley

Monday to Friday service continues unchanged

Estimated saving: £25,391

(change linked to bus subsidy)
Autumn 2022-
15S Stagecoach Wye to Towers School Service withdrawn April 2022-
17StagecoachFolkestone to CanterburyWithdrawal of 4 journeys operating Monday to Saturday evening between Folkestone and Canterbury starting with the 7:40pm from Folkestone

Daytime services not covered by this contract

Estimated saving: £46,613

(change linked to bus subsidy)
Autumn 2022-
24AutocarSandhurst to MaidstoneWithdrawal of Tuesday 9:30am journey from Sandhurst to Maidstone and the return journey at 1:20pm from Maidstone

Estimated saving: £15,469

(change linked to bus subsidy)
Autumn  2022-
27StagecoachCity Centre to Rough Common Monday to Saturday, service withdrawnJune 2022-
33StagecoachMargate to RamsgateService withdrawalAugust 2022-
37StagecoachMargate to BroadstairsService withdrawalAugust 2022-

Bus numberOperatorRoute Change and impactDate of expected changeLatest update
58Nu-VentureAddington, Ryarsh, Trottiscliffe, Birling to MaidstoneWithdrawal of the whole Monday to Saturday service

This service provides the only public transport for villages to the west of West Malling, including journeys for school children

Estimated saving: £84,915

(change linked to bus subsidy)
Autumn 2022-
59Nu-VentureGrafty Green, Ulcombe, Kingswood, Chart Sutton to Maidstone

Withdrawal of the whole service which operates Monday to Saturday between Grafty Green and Parkwood (for connections to Maidstone)

Service 89 school journeys from the same area are not covered by this contract

Estimated saving: £126,000

(change linked to bus subsidy)
Autumn 2022-
61
61A
StagecoachAycliffe, Dover Town Centre, River to WhitfieldWithdrawal of 3 Monday to Saturday evening journeys starting with the 6:18pm from Whitfield

Daytime service not included as part of this contract

Estimated saving: £33,477

(change linked to bus subsidy)
Autumn 2022-
70Nu-VentureBorough Green, Platt, Offham to LarkfieldWithdrawal of all journeys which provides 8 off-peak journeys for Borough Green, Platt and Offham

Estimated saving: £61,851

(change linked to bus subsidy)
Autumn 2022-
71A Arriva New Hythe to Maidstone Service withdrawn April 2022-
80BStagecoachTower Hamlets to KingsdownService withdrawal

(expected commercial change)
Autumn 2022-
81AStagecoachDeal to Sandwich schoolsService withdrawal

(expected commercial change)
Autumn 2022-
81BStagecoachSandwich to Deal Whitfield (afternoon)Service withdrawal

(expected commercial change)
Autumn 2022-
82AStagecoachDeal to Kingsdown schoolsService withdrawal

(expected commercial change)
Autumn 2022-
83StagecoachDeal Town serviceService withdrawal

(expected commercial change)
Autumn 2022-
88StagecoachSandwich to DoverService withdrawal

(expected commercial change)
Autumn 2022-
88Nu-VentureMaidstone to Kings HillWithdrawal of the commuter service operating Monday to Friday from Maidstone to Kings Hill via Barming and Wateringbury

This service provides one journey in the morning and 2 journeys in the afternoon

Estimated saving: £30,444

(change linked to bus subsidy)
Autumn 2022-
88AStagecoachSandwich to DoverService withdrawal

(expected commercial change)
Autumn 2022-
90StagecoachDover to WhitfieldService withdrawal

(expected commercial change)
Autumn 2022-
90
61
61A
StagecoachAycliffe, Dover Town Centre, River to WhitfieldWithdrawal of Sunday evening service including the 6:28pm journey from Aycliffe and all later journeys

The rest of this service before this time and other days of the week is not covered by this contract

Estimated saving: £10,296

(change linked to bus subsidy)
Autumn 2022-
92
92A
StagecoachDover to ElvingtonService withdrawal

(expected commercial change)
Autumn 2022-
96StagecoachDover to ChillendenService withdrawal

(expected commercial change)
Autumn 2022-
96AStagecoachAylesham to DoverService withdrawal

(expected commercial change)
Autumn 2022-

Bus numberOperatorRouteChange and impactDate of expected changeLatest update
103StagecoachFolkestone to LyddService withdrawn

(expected commercial bus change)
June 2022-
104StagecoachCheriton to LyddService withdrawn

(expected commercial bus change)
June 2022-
111StagecoachAshford to FolkestoneWithdrawal of Thursday only service also operating via Mersham, Aldington, Lympne, West Hythe and Burmarsh

Expected savings: £13,007

(change linked to bus subsidy)
August 2022-
123StagecoachBiddenden to AshfordWithdrawal of the whole service operating Monday to Friday to Ashford from Smarden, Pluckley, Egerton and Hothfield, including journeys to and from Ashford schools

Expected savings: £85,627

(change linked to bus subsidy)
August 2022-
124StagecoachEgerton to Hythe Road SchoolsService withdrawnApril 2022-
155ArrivaMaidstone to ChathamKent section of the route leaving Monday to Saturday daytime service for Wouldham, Burham, Eccles and Aylesford withdrawnApril 2022 A new Nu-Venture 29 service will provide a 2 day a week shopper service

Pupils attending Maidstone schools can take a new 529 service

Pupils attending Rochester schools can take the new 638 service, which runs from Wouldham to Peter's Village

Bus numberOperatorRouteChange and impactDate of expected changeLatest update
208AAutocarTonbridge to PemburyMonday to Friday service withdrawnJuly 2022Go Coach 208 service will continue to provide an alternative solution
222AutocarWrotham, Ightham, Borough Green, Shipbourne to TonbridgeWithdrawal of 4 journeys Monday to Friday and all Saturday journeys

Other Monday to Friday journeys, including those at school times will continue

Estimated saving: £40,500

(change linked to bus subsidy)

Autumn 2022-
224AutocarTonbridge to St Margaret Clitherow SchoolService withdrawal

(expected commercial bus change)
Autumn 2022-
289Go CoachSouthborough to RamslyeSaturday service withdrawnAugust 2022 
230AutocarTunbridge Wells to TonbridgeService withdrawnJuly 2022Service will continue to at least summer 2023
235AutocarTonbridge to Tunbridge WellsService withdrawal

(expected commercial bus change)
Autumn 2022Service will continue to at least summer 2023
255AutocarBenenden to Tunbridge WellsWithdrawal of service 3 days a week (Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) between Benenden and Tunbridge Wells via Hawkhurst, Flimwell and Lamberhurst

Estimated saving: £23,034

(change linked to bus subsidy)
Autumn 2022-
266AutocarKilndown to MaidstoneWithdrawal of Tuesday only service between Kilndown and Maidstone via Horsmonden, Claygate, Laddingford and Nettlestead

Estimated saving: £11,115

(change linked to bus subsidy)
Autumn 2022-
277ArrivaHenwood Green to Tunbridge WellsWithdrawal of one early morning journey operating Monday to Friday leaving Stone Court Lane at 6:37am

Estimated saving: £6,281

(change linked to bus subsidy)
Autumn 2022-
287AutocarTunbridge Wells to Mascalls SchoolService withdrawal

(expected commercial bus change)
Autumn 2022Service will continue but with route changes to cover the withdrawal of the Hams TWM service
292
299
AutocarTenterden to Sandhurst and Tonbridge to TenterdenWithdrawal of the 292 Tenterden to Sandhurst and 299 Tonbridge to Tenterden services which provide one return journey each operating on Fridays only

Estimated saving: £14,498

(change linked to bus subsidy)
Autumn 2022-
293StagecoachLydd to Homewood SchoolService withdrawal

(expected commercial bus change)
Autumn 2022-
293AutocarTunbridge Wells to RyeWithdrawal of Thursday only bus service to Rye operating via Lamberhurst, Kilndown, Flimwell, Hawkhurst, Benenden, Rolvenden and Appledore

Estimated saving: £15,498

(change linked to bus subsidy)
Autumn 2022-
294Hams TravelPeasmarsh to Homewood SchoolService withdrawnJuly 2022-
295Hams TravelHawkhurst, Sandhurst, Benenden to Homewood SchoolService withdrawnJuly 2022-
296AutocarPaddock Wood to Tunbridge WellsWithdrawal of the service which operates on Monday, Thursday and Saturday between Paddock Wood and Tunbridge Wells via Horsmonden, Brenchley and Kippings Cross

Estimated saving: £25,720

(change linked to bus subsidy)
Autumn 2022-
332ChalkwellStockbury, Yelsted to Sittingbourne schoolsWithdrawal of school day only service to Sittingbourne schools

Estimated saving: £43,055

(change linked to bus subsidy)
Autumn 2022-
343
344
345
ChalkwellNewnham, Doddington, Lynsted, Teynham, Bapchild and Conyer to SittingbourneWithdrawal of all 3 services

The service operates Monday to Saturday providing the only public transport for rural parts of Sittingbourne including journeys for school children

Estimated saving: included in the Chalkwell 8 service savings

(change linked to bus subsidy)

Autumn 2022-
360ChalkwellLeysdown to Sheerness and QueenboroughService currently operates Monday to Sunday

Estimated saving: £31,779

(change linked to bus subsidy)
August 2022Service will have a revised timetable affecting Monday to Friday

Sunday service withdrawn
361ChalkwellSheerness to Rushden Service operates Monday to Sunday

Update to be announced
April 2022Service will have a revised timetable affecting Monday to Friday
367ChalkwellSheerness to Warden PointService operates Monday to Saturday

Update to be announced
April 2022Service will be reduced to operate one return journey between 9:30am and 2pm (approximately)

Saturday service withdrawn

Bus numberOperatorRouteChange and impactDate of expected changeLatest update
403AutocarOtford to Tonbridge WellsSchool day services withdrawnJune 2022The Arriva 402A will be extended to start at Otford providing an alternative service
414ArrivaDarenth to DartfordEvening services and early morning Saturday service withdrawnApril 2022-
423ArrivaDartford to New Ash GreenService withdrawnAutumn 2022-
433ArrivaBluewater, Longfield, Hartley to New Ash GreenWithdrawal of the whole Sunday service

The Monday to Saturday service is not covered by this contract

Estimated saving: £34,005

(change linked to bus subsidy)
Autumn 2022-
455ArrivaSinglewell to GravesendMonday to Saturday service withdrawnApril 2022-
474
475
Go CoachBluewater to LongfieldWithdrawal of the whole service which runs Monday to Saturday, operating a circular service between Bluewater and Longfield via Bean, Betsham, Southfleet and New Barn

Estimated saving: £114,847

(change linked to bus subsidy)
Autumn 2022-
477ArrivaDartford, Swanley to OrpingtonService withdrawal

(expected commercial bus changes)
Autumn 2022Service will no longer be withdrawn from October 2022 but will be reduced in frequency
489ArrivaNew Ash Green, Southfleet, Longfield to GravesendWithdrawal of the whole Sunday service

The Monday to Saturday service is not covered by this contract

Estimated saving: included in the Arriva 433 service savings

(change linked to bus subsidy)
Autumn  2022-
502Nu-VentureWest Malling to Wrotham SchoolService withdrawal

Estimated saving: included in the Nu-Venture 70 service savings

(change linked to bus subsidy)
Autumn 2022A new W1 service will provide alternative services for all areas when the 502 is withdrawn
517 Stagecoach Hythe Road schools to Knole LaneWithdraw the 3:15pm from Hythe Road due to low usage

The 3:45pm departure remains unchanged
April 2022-
541
542
544
Regents CoachesDover, Deal, Sandwich to Canterbury

Withdrawal of all  journeys which operate on different days from Monday to Saturday for these rural parts of Dover

This includes the cancellation of the 541 journey to Adisham Primary School

Estimated saving: £81,270

(change linked to bus subsidy)

Autumn 2022-
558Nu-VentureAddington to Maidstone schoolsService withdrawn

(expected commercial bus changes)
Autumn 2022-

Bus numberOperatorRoute Change and impactDate of expected changeLatest update
634Regents CoachesStudd Hill to BeltingeWithdrawal of shopper service which operates between Studd Hill and Beltinge on a Thursday only

Estimated savings:  £14,281

(changes linked to bus subsidy)
Autumn 2022-
662ChalkwellTeynham to Faversham schoolsWithdrawal of school day only service

Estimated savings: £62,069

(changes linked to bus subsidy)
Autumn 2022-
664ChalkwellConyer to Lynsted Primary SchoolWithdrawal of school day only service

Estimated savings: included in the savings of the 662 Chalkwell service

(changes linked to bus subsidy)
Autumn 2022-
666ChalkwellFaversham to Sheldwich SchoolWithdrawal of school day only service.

Estimated savings: included in the savings of the 662 Chalkwell service

(changes linked to bus subsidy)
Autumn 2022-
666StagecoachAshford to FavershamSunday and bank holiday journeys withdrawn

This is the commercial part of the 666 service. Monday to Saturday is tendered and will remain
April 2022-
901 Stagecoach Herne Bay to Canterbury Service withdrawnJune 2022Replaced by an extension of the service 917
915 Stagecoach Yorkletts to Canterbury Afternoon journeys on school days withdrawnJune 2022-
920 Stagecoach Canterbury High School to Broad Oak School days service withdrawnJune 2022-
922 Stagecoach Whitstable to Spires Academy Service withdrawnJune 2022Replaced by the 922 service operated by Regents Coaches on school days
925StagecoachStanhope to St Anselms SchoolService withdrawnApril 2022-
948
949
StagecoachThanet schools serviceService withdrawn

(expected commercial bus change)
Autumn 2022-
953 Stagecoach Canterbury to Canterbury Academy 8:20am service withdrawn on school daysJune 2022Capacity on other shuttles
954Regents CoachesBirchington to Sandwich schoolsWithdrawal of school day only service

Estimated savings: £47,500

(changes linked to bus subsidy)
Autumn 2022-
954 Stagecoach Canterbury to Archbishops School Feeder 8:10am service withdrawn on school daysJune 2022Capacity on other shuttles
955 Stagecoach St Anslems and Simon Langton Girls School Feeder 8:28am service withdrawn on school daysJune 2022Capacity on other shuttles
956 Stagecoach Spring Lane to Spires Academy Reduced to one busJune 2022Capacity on remaining service
991 Stagecoach Swingfield Minnis to Dover Christchurch Academy School day service withdrawnJune 2022992 from Cheriton to Dover Schools renumbered 991 and diverted via Hawkinge, covering most of previous 991 route.

Bus numberOperatorRoute Change and impactDate of expected changeLatest update
B+ Crosskeys Coaches Cheriton to Brockhill Park Service withdrawn July 2022 The B service will continue to operate the same route with capacity
B LineStagecoachKennington, town centre to BridgefieldFrequency reduced on Monday to Saturday services from every 15 minutes to every 20 minutesApril 2022-
Canterbury Park and Ride StagecoachSturry Road, Canterbury Service withdrawnJune 2022-
Detling ShopperCompaidDetling to MaidstoneWithdrawal of Monday to Friday shopper bus from Detling Village to Maidstone

Expected savings: £37,469

(change linked to bus subsidy)
August 2022-
D13Go CoachMeopham to Wilmington schoolsMeopham to West Kingsdown section withdrawnJuly 2022-
D29WGo CoachLeigh Academy  - Meopham (Wednesday only)Service withdrawnJuly 2022429 service provides alternative as far as Swanley
E1Go CoachEdenbridge town centreWithdrawal of the whole Monday to Friday circular service around Edenbridge

Expected savings: £141,363

(change linked to bus subsidy)
August 2022-
FGS1 Crosskeys Coaches Lydd to Harvey Grammar School Service withdrawn July 2022 Service will continue but will be re-routed to provide an alternative to HGS3
GStagecoachGodinton Park town centre to Orbital ParkService reduced to hourly but peak service maintainedApril 2022-
HC3Go CoachDunton Green to Hugh ChristieWithdrawal of school day only service

Expected savings: £43,700

(change linked to bus subsidy)
August 2022-
HGS3 Crosskeys Coaches Snave to Harvey Grammar School Service withdrawn July 2022 Re-routed FGS1 provides alternative solution
HS7
HS8
ChalkwellCharing to Homewood SchoolWithdrawal of school services from Charing, Pluckley, Smarden and Biddenden into Homewood School

Expected savings: £121,450

(change linked to bus subsidy)
August 2022-
Knights Park ShuttleCompaidKnights Park to Tunbridge WellsService withdrawnApril 2022-
L1 Starline Kingswood to Lenham Service withdrawn July 2022 Changes to L2 and L3 services will provide an alternative
Sandwich ConnectBritanniaStaple, Sandwich to NorthbourneWithdrawal of the Sandwich Connect service which operates Monday to Friday to Sandwich from Northbourne, Staple and Ash.

Expected savings: £51,657

(change linked to bus subsidy)
Autumn 2022-
S1 Go Coach Westerham to Knole Academy Service withdrawn July 2022 Service will be replaced with new S7 service which covers the same areas
S11Go Coach Wilmington to Sevenoaks School day service withdrawnJune 2022Service will now continue with route and timetable changes
S33 Go Coach Chelsfield to Knole Academy Service withdrawn July 2022 -
S41 Go Coach Edenbridge to Sevenoaks schools Service withdrawn July 2022 The service will now continue until October 2022
S5Go CoachTonbridge to SevenoaksService withdrawnJuly 2022Service will now start at Hildenborough, alternative services available from Tonbridge
S7Go CoachWesterham to SevenoaksWill no longer serve ChipsteadJuly 2022New routing will provide replacement for S1 service
S8 Go Coach Sevenoaks bus station to Sevenoaks schools Service withdrawn July 2022 Alternative services available
S13Go CoachWilmington to Sevenoaks schoolsService withdrawnJuly 2022Replaced with new S11 service
T3 Go Coach Knockholt to Tonbridge schools Service withdrawn July 2022 Service withdrawn
T13 Go Coach Wrotham Heath to Tunbridge Wells schools Service withdrawn July 2022 Service 222 extended to start at Wrotham to provide alternative service to Tonbridge
Tenterden Hopper ServiceTenterden Social HubTenterden village serviceWithdrawal of the Tenterden Hopper Service which operates Monday to Friday and on 4 different routes to various villages just outside of Tenterden

Expected savings: £50,934

(change linked to bus subsidy).
Autumn 2022-
TW1 Go Coach Kemsing to Tunbridge Wells schools Service withdrawn July 2022 Alternative services can be used by changing buses in Sevenoaks
TW3 Go Coach Shoreham to Bennett Memorial School Service withdrawn July 2022 Service will now continue but with some route and timetable changes
TW4 Go Coach Westerham to Tunbridge Wells schools Service withdrawn July 2022 Alternative services can be used by changing buses in Sevenoaks
TW6 Go Coach Knockholt to Tunbridge Wells school Service withdrawn July 2022 Service will now continue but with some route and timetable changes
TW7 Go Coach Sevenoaks to Tunbridge Wells schools Service withdrawn July 2022 Alternative services are available
TW8 Go Coach Edenbridge to Tunbridge Wells schools Service withdrawn July 2022 Alternative services are available
TW9Go CoachLangton Green to Tunbridge WellsWithdrawal of school day only service

Expected savings: £38,170

(change linked to bus subsidy)
Autumn 2022-
TW10Go CoachWrotham Heath to Tunbridge WellsService withdrawnJuly 2022Service 222 extended to start at Wrotham to provide alternative service to Tonbridge
TW11Go CoachWrotham to Tunbridge WellsService withdrawnJuly 2022Service 222 extended to start at Wrotham to provide alternative service to Tonbridge
TWM Hams Travel Mascalls Academy to Tunbridge Wells Service withdrawn July 2022 Service to change to Autocar 287 as an alternative
UNI 1StagecoachCanterbury to the University of Kent 8:37am, 8:43am and 9:29am at East/ Westgate Towers withdrawn

1:05pm and 5:05pm in opposite direction withdrawn
June 2022Evening service extended to Hales Place with one bus per hour to run all year. This replaces the 22A evening service
UNI 2StagecoachCanterbury to the University of Kent to Hales Place 3:15pm service withdrawn

Saturday daytime service withdrawn
June 2022Evening service extended to Hales Place with one bus per hour to run all year. This replaces the 22A evening service
X1
X2
ArrivaKings Hill to MaidstoneWithdrawal of the whole Monday to Friday service linking Kings Hill with Maidstone and West Malling Station

This includes an express link for students attending Maidstone schools

Expected savings: £207,721

(change linked to bus subsidy)
Autumn 2022-
X4 Stagecoach Canterbury to Maidstone Monday to Saturday service withdrawn June 2022 Kiln Court/Oare will have no service.
Now covered with extended 638 to Kiln Court.
X3 continues to link Canterbury and Maidstone hourly.