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All aboard as Chatham's Waterfront Bus Station gets set to open

Date: 09/09/2011           Category: Integrated Transport

Medway’s new bus station will be opening on Monday, 10 October, and is set to transform public transport in the area.

The Chatham Waterfront Bus Station open from 5am to 11.45pm, will make it easier for residents to get around Medway and Kent with buses serving 117 destinations across the area.

With it’s modern design, open surroundings and eco-style grass roof, the new bus station will act as a hub for all the main bus routes, and will present a much more welcome reception for visitors.

Financed by government, the bus station development helps in the council’s ambition to open up the waterfront and connect it with Chatham town centre – Medway’s largest shopping area.

The station will be used by Arriva as well as other companies and will consist of four platforms, each with a number of individual stops on them, as well as a new bus information centre, open from 8am to 6pm.

Large screens in the platform waiting areas will tell passengers when their bus is going to depart and what stop it will be leaving from.

The opening of this new station, along with new transport links, will add to the area’s regeneration and help make Chatham town much more desirable for national stores and other businesses looking to open up here.

Rodney Chambers, Leader of Medway Council, said: “The new Medway bus station will act as a welcoming drop off point for all people travelling into the area, and as an easy to use hub for all residents catching public transport locally.

“It is no secret that the old bus station in the Pentagon was out of date, unwelcoming and – to be honest – was not a nice first impression for those arriving in Medway.

“This is a key part of the regeneration of Chatham town centre. It opens up the waterfront and helps with our aim of ensuring the area remains an important shopping destination for people across the region.”

Medway Council and Arriva have invested heavily in public transport in recent years, with around 8.5million bus journeys made every year within the area and nearly nine out of ten people say they are happy with the service they receive.

About 100 new bus stops, many with shelters and level access for people to get on and off have been put in place and recent schemes to increase bus capacity include Corporation Street, Rochester and a new link from Strood through to Medway City estate.

For more information, visit www.medway.gov.uk/chathambus