Please see below for a copy of an e-mail that has been circulated locally and which has been drawn to the attention of Hollingbourne Parish Council who have as yet not been sent a copy.
Kent Council appear to be trying to reduce services in order to cut costs and the current proposal is that from June the 13 will no longer go all the way to Maidstone but only as far as Morrison’s on the Sutton Road where passengers will need to change to get to Maidstone. The current journey time is around 40 minutes so the new journey time is likely to be 50 minutes for the 5 mile ride into Maidstone. The service is presently a lifeline for many with no cars now that there is only one village shop and a barber. Some residents who do not have bus passes consider it to be expensive.
Kent County Council Consultations
Big Conversation Maidstone Bus Pilot – Services 13 and 59
You’ve been invited to participate in the Big Conversation Maidstone Bus Pilot – Services 13 and 59 consultation by the consultation manager, Nicola Hale.
This consultation is open from 22 Jan 2019 at 10:00 to 19 Feb 2019 at 23:59.
You have previously expressed an interest in receiving information on Consultations regarding Traffic, Transport & Roads and General Interest so we thought you might be interested in the following public consultation.
Kent County Council is currently consulting on a proposed bus pilot for Maidstone services 13 and 59. These run from Grafty Green or Hollingbourne into Maidstone.
This consultation closes on 19th February 2019.
To view the proposals and to give us your feedback, click on the link below.
Kent County Council’s Engagement & Consultation Team.
Participate in this consultation<https://consultations.kent.gov.uk/consult.ti/maidstonebuspilot/invited?tokenID=FBD7E9EB%2D2FEB%2D4F58%2DA551D4DE0CFB4E41> or https://consultations.kent.gov.uk/consult.ti/maidstonebuspilot/consultationHome
Pictured below is one of the NU Venture buses which operate from Monday to Friday while Arriva provide the Saturday service. There is no Sunday service although buses do run on the A20 between Maidstone and Ashford and there are bus stops between the Great Danes and Penfold Hill roundabouts.