Bus Routes affected by the closure of the A21 14-24 February 2020


The services that will definitely be disrupted are 7 and 402 feeding into Tunbridge Wells as all traffic will be diverted through Hildenborough and Tonbridge. However, due to the interworking of services, any delay has potential to impact all services in our network.

There is possibility that if the disruption through Tonbridge becomes too great we may curtail certain services before they reach Tonbridge to keep network moving, but that will be done on a day by day basis. We intend to have a mobile Duty Manager in Tonbridge all week to make this decision and these will be communicated where necessary.

Please keep up to date on social media or the Arriva app for information about your journey.

Autocar Bus & Coach Services

With the total closure of the A21 Tonbridge Bypass all roads around Tonbridge are expected to be extremely busy.

To minimise delays the following alterations will apply:

  • Services 205 (Paddock Wood & Capel) and 208A (Pembury) will NOT operate via Cannon Lane (M&S / ALDI) and journeys normally operated here will run via the High Street and turn at the Castle.
  • Service 210 the 12.00 Tonbridge to Charcott and 12.27 return will NOT operate, except on Wednesday 19 February when it will operate.

We will be working hard to keep services running, but even with these alterations please be aware that it is likely that services may run late. Please ring the office for advice on the running of your bus (01892 833830).

Brighton & Hove and Metrobus:

No directly affected services, but expect delays, especially Northbound traffic build up in Southborough.

Go Coach:

Our Pembury Hospital service (208/209) is likely to be disrupted along with our route 5. Our contingency plan for this – base a spare driver and vehicle in Tonbridge. Potentially may cut some 209 services from the scheduled timetable which are not as well used and use that driver and vehicle to run the better used services.