Kent County Council are proposing changes to the bus timetable and reducing services. Please check their website for details and have your say on the proposals. Please see a copy of the Parish Council’s response to the consultation.
Representatives from the Parish Council met Greg Clark MP with our Borough and County Councillors to discuss buses. Please see his statement about the meeting.
A summary of the changes affecting buses for Pembury is shown below:
|Service No||operator||Route||Summary of Contract / service and impact of withdrawing subsidy||Estimated savings|
|6||Arrive||East Peckham to Tunbridge Wells (Sundays)||This contract provides for the diversion of the Sunday 6 service through Pembury, the remainder of the service operates on a commercial basis. Without this service Pembury residents would be left with no Sunday bus link to Tunbridge Wells.||£11,700|
|208||Go- Coach||East Peckham to Pembury (Mon to Sat)||Withdrawal of all Monday to Saturday Go Coach journeys on the 2087 service. However, a parallel 208 service on this route will continue to be provided by Autocar.||£182,767|
|255||Autocar||Benenden to Tunbridge Wells (Wed, Fri, Sat only)||Withdrawal of three day a week (Wed, Fri, Sat) service between Benenden and Tunbridge Wells via Hawkhurst||£23,034|
|277||Arriva||Henwood Green to Tunbridge wells (Mon to Fri)||Withdrawal of one early morning journey operating Monday to Friday leaving Stone Court Lane at 06:37||£6,281|
|299||Autocar||Tonbridge To Tenterden||Withdrawal of 299 Tonbridge to Tenterden service which provide one return journey each operating in Fridays only||£14,498 (saving inc withdrawal of 292)|
|293||Autocar||Tunbridge Wells to Rye (Thur only)||Withdrawal of Thurs only bus service to Rye operating via Lamberhurst, Kilndown, Flimwell, Hawkhurst, Benenden, Rovlenden and Appledore||£15,498|
|296||Autocar||Paddock Wood to Tunbridge Wells (Mon, Thur, Sat)||Withdrawal of the 296 service which operates on Mon, Thur, Sat between Paddock Wood and Tunbridge Wells via Horsmonden, Brenchley and Kippings Cross.||£25,720|
|Tunbridge Wells Kent||Compaid||Wednesday (to T Wells / Capel / Pembury / Sherwood)||Withdrawal of Kent Karrier. It is a membership based dial a ride service offering transport to those in isolated rural areas or who, because of their age or disability cannot use buses or trains||£28,818|