Although Hollingbourne Parish Council has been previously advised that the Number 13 bus service from Hollingbourne to Maidstone may end in March 2018, the Parish Council has now been advised that no final decision may be will until after a final public consultation by Kent County Council who wish to save £4 million a year on local bus services.
Dan Bruce, Kent County Council, Policy, Infrastructure and Community Team Leader | Public Transport | Kent County Council | PO Box 441 | Aylesford, ME6 9HJ | Tel: 03000 413549 | www.kent.gov.uk, E-Mail : Dan.Bruce@kent.gov.uk writes:
There is an upcoming consultation on bus subsidies taking place in early 2018 which is focused on how KCC will save £4m of spend on subsidised bus services (which is included within the 18-19 – 19-20 budget plan). Any service changes / withdrawals resulting from this consultation will not come into effect until September 2018.
The present bus service is operated by Nu Venture from Monday to Friday and by Arriva on Saturdays with no service on Sundays. The present weekday service runs every two hours from Hollingbourne Church and takes at least half an hour to get to Maidstone with the first bus at 7.17am weekdays and the last bus at 4.47pm. Details are at http://www.nu-venture.co.uk/tt13%20leaflet%20816.pdf
Pictured below is a Nu Venture bus of the type that serves Hollingbourne and further below is local KCC councillor Shellina Prendergast who has pledged to support village services. Her e-mail address is Shellina.Prendergast@kent.gov.uk