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Changes to route due Southern Gas Network works in Berengrave Lane - 2 October- 10 December

With effect from 2 October until 10 December Nu-Venture service 131 will NOT be serving the bus stops in Berengrave Lane, and Childscoft Road.

This is due to Southern Gas Network roadworks taking place in Berengrave Lane which will be closed in phases while a main gas main is being replaced.

Nu-Venture Service 131 will be diverted via Lower Rainham Road, and Station Road while this works are going on, and unfortunately there are no other suitable diversion routes available.

Please proceed to bus stops in Lower Rainham Road (Army and Navy stop) or to Station Road (Henry Street)

Medway Council and Nu-Venture apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause, but these urgent gas main works are totally beyond our control.

183

A new three times a day service Monday to Friday will start from July 24 from Twydall to Asda at Gillingham Pier. The service will run from Twydall via Goudhurst Road, Eastcourt Lane, Beechings Way, A289, Lower Rainham Road (Hastings Arms), Plantation Road, Hazlemere Estate, Grange Road, Gillingham Green, Church Street, A289 to Asda. A full timetable and map can be downloaded here.

Nu-Venture are operating the service.

185 From September 25 the commercial daytime journeys on the 185 service (Chatham - Davis Estate) from 9am until 3pm will now divert via Wallace Road and Wilson Avenue between Maidstone Road and Pattens Lane. This is a result of local feedback received by Nu-Venture from local residents.

The Wallace Road and Wilson Avenue section will operate as a "Hail and Ride"  arrangement  which will mean that passengers can wait at any section of the route in those roads and hail the bus.

All other 185 journeys at early mornings, and evenings, and Saturdays will operate via Maidstone Road and Pattens Lane .

The new 185 timetable and map can be download here.

Timetable are available on our bus services page

Southeastern

As part of the government sponsored Thameslink Programme, Network Rail is rebuilding London Bridge mainline rail station to provide more space, improved connections to more destinations and more reliable services. The rail and tube station will remain open during the work.

Until 2018, there will be long and short term changes to train services as major track work takes place around London Bridge station. There will be enginnering work throughout this period that may affect your journey into and out of London, as well as around Kent, so check the Southeastern website.

For more details call their customer services team on 0345 322 7021 (calls are charged at a local rate and may be recorded) or Textphone 0800 783 4548 (for the hearing impaired)

Bank holidays

Chatham Waterfront Bus Station is open whenever buses are running, but some routes will have a more limited service on bank holidays (GOV.UK). Contact the bus operator in the first instance.

Connected Kent and Medway Smartcard

The Kent and Medway Connected Smartcard is a new way to pay for travel on certain buses instead of cash. It can be used on only:

  • ASD Coaches
  • Autocar
  • Chalkwell
  • County Connect
  • Farleigh Coaches
  • Go Coach
  • Nu-Venture

Please note the smartcard is not accepted on Arriva buses. 

For more information on the scheme please visit our visit the Connected website.  

PlusBus

PlusBus is a discount price bus pass that you can buy with your train ticket at any National Rail station ticket office, or online. It can also be bought from self service machines at selected stations.

Within Medway PlusBus  gives you unlimited bus travel on Arriva and Nu-Venture around the whole area. There are no peak period restrictions, so you can hop-on and hop-off buses as much as you like all day.

For more details on Medway PlusBus please visit the PlusBus website.

Discovery Ticket

Find out about the new Discovery Bus Ticket which will give you and your family unlimited travel across Medway, Kent and the South of England.