New Bus Service Connects New Ash Green Village to Nearby Towns, Boosting Accessibility and Connectivity

A new trial bus service has been launched in the local area, providing a much-needed connection between the village of New Ash Green and nearby towns. Operated by Go Coach, the C3 bus service will run from New Ash Green to Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford and Bluewater Shopping Centre in Greenhithe.

Running from 9am to 3pm, the service will make stops in Hartley, Longfield, Green Street Green, and Lane End. The new service is utilizing a vehicle from the Kent Thameside Fastrack service, which is not in use during off-peak hours. This innovative use of resources has allowed Kent County Council (KCC) to provide this trial service and maximize the use of existing assets.

The trial service will run until November 9th, when a new Fastrack contract begins. At that point, the service will be reviewed and decisions will be made about its future. KCC is urging residents to take advantage of this trial period and use the service as much as possible. By doing so, they can better understand the demand for the service and determine its sustainability.

Haroona Chughtai, KCC’s director of highways and transportation, expressed her satisfaction with the new service, stating, “I am pleased we have been able to provide a link between New Ash Green and Darent Valley Hospital for a trial run.” She also encouraged residents to use the service and help determine its future.

The service will have a flat fare of £2 and will be a much-welcomed relief for residents of both villages, especially after the 423 bus service was cut last October. For the timetable and more information, residents can visit the Go Coach website.

Local resident Trisha Rose shared her excitement about the new service, saying, “I can’t wait for the introduction of the new shuttle buses as where we live we are cut off and isolated from many towns.” She also highlighted the positive impact it will have on the elderly and teenagers in the area who rely on public transport for hospital visits and socializing.

With the launch of this new trial bus service, residents can look forward to improved connectivity and accessibility within their community.

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