New Temporary Bus Service to Connect Ebbsfleet and Gravesend Set to Launch Next Week

New Temporary Bus Service to Connect Ebbsfleet and Gravesend Set to Launch Next Week

New Temporary Bus Service to Connect Ebbsfleet and Gravesend

A brand new temporary bus service is set to launch next week, connecting the communities of Ebbsfleet and Gravesend. The C2 bus, operated by Go Coach, will run every 30 minutes and provide important links between the two areas.

The service, which has been funded by Kent County Council (KCC) and Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, will serve as a vital link for residents of the first garden city in 100 years. It will cover areas such as Castle Hill, Alkerden, and Ebbsfleet International, all the way to Garrick Street in Gravesend.

According to KCC and Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, the temporary service will allow residents to access key amenities without relying on private transport. It will operate until the new Fastrack contract begins in November, providing a convenient and affordable option for commuters.

The C2 bus service is part of the larger Ebbsfleet Garden City project, one of the largest regeneration schemes in the UK. The project aims to deliver up to 15,000 homes by 2035, along with green spaces, new leisure and retail facilities, and a health hub and education center.

The Whitecliffe development, which includes 6,250 of the proposed homes, is a major part of the project. Plans for a new tunnel under the B225 to provide a more direct access for buses from Whitecliffe to Bluewater are currently being refined by KCC.

The bus service will cost £2 for all journeys, with children aged five to 15 paying £1. Infants up to four years old can travel for free with an adult. Additionally, ArrivaClick and Discovery Tickets, as well as Kent Travel Saver passes and English National Concessionary Travel Scheme passes, will be accepted.

The service will operate from Monday to Saturday, between 5.30am and 11.30pm, and on Sundays from 6.30am to 10.30pm. However, some routes may change and be redirected due to ongoing development in the Whitecliffe area.

The new temporary bus service will launch on July 7, providing a convenient and efficient way for residents to travel between Ebbsfleet and Gravesend. So, residents are advised to refrain from walking, cycling, or playing in the Fastrack bus lane in preparation for the launch.

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