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Changes to bus services

Bus service Information

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.

From February 5 From 5 February for a period of up to 18 months major gas main replacement is being undertaken at the junction of A2 Chatham Hill, and Luton Road. Roadworks will then progress down Luton Road to Luton High Street in stages over the coming months. The works which are required to be undertaken by Southern Gas Networks by the Health and Safety Executive due ageing gas mains.

There will be traffic controlled signals which will monitored by the roadworks contractors every day from 0700 to 2100, but delays are expected on a number of services for the duration. Please allow extra time for your journey where possible.

Delays are expected on the following services:-

Chatham Hill Services 

  • 120 Chatham – Rainham – Otterham Park
  • 132 Chatham – Rainham – Hempstead Valley
  • 176 Walderslade – Weeds Wood – Maidstone Road – Chatham – Gillingham – Grange Road – Hazlemere Drive
  • 177 Walderslade – Weeds Wood – Luton – Chatham – Gillingham – Grange Road – Hazlemere Drive

Luton Road Services 

  • 113 Chatham – Hempstead Valley – Wigmore
  • 164 Chatham – White Road Estate
  • 166 Chatham – Lords Wood
  • 169 Chatham – Princes Park – Walderslade
  • 177 Walderslade – Weeds Wood – Luton – Chatham – Gillingham – Grange Road – Hazlemere Drive
  • 179 Chatham – Churchill Avenue – Walderslade

Arriva and Medway Council apologise for the inconvenience caused by these essential works.

Please download Arriva poster regarding the roadworks

For information on all roadworks in Medway visit the roadworks section of our website.



















From 12 February


From 22 January 2018 there will be some changes to the 185 daytime service on Monday to Fridays.

This is due to Nu-Venture informing Medway Council that they cannot offer the service on a commercial basis in the current climate.

Medway Council is therefore supporting a daytime service going forward with some timing changes. Nu-Venture will be operating the service.

New Mondays to Fridays Bus 185 times towards Chatham

  • The 0900 journey on Mondays to Fridays from Davis Estate will now start from Maidstone Road by Toys ’R’ Us at 0912 and will operate via Wilson Ave/Pattens Lane to Chatham.
  • The journeys timed to leave Davis Estate Vale Drive for Chatham at 0701/0808/1021/1121/1221/1321 are unchanged.
  • The 1402 bus from Davis Estate will no longer run to Chatham.

Please download new 185 timetable (214KB file)

All other journeys unchanged Monday to Friday, and Saturday journeys unchanged.

Timetable cases will be updated in the week before the 22 January, and bus timetables will be available at the usual outlets.

Medway Council, and Kent County Council still support early morning, and afternoon journeys, and Saturday journeys on the 185.


From Monday 12 February until Friday 16 February due to re- construction, resurfacing and lighting works taking place in Ordnance Street at the from the junction with Railway Street will be road closures from 7am to 7pm each day.

185 services will not serve Ordnance Street, Grosvenor Road, and Old Pattens Lane. Buses will divert via A2 New Road, and City Way. The bus stops in Ordnance Street, Grosvenor Road, and Old Pattens Lane will not be served during the works.

Please proceed to bus stops in City Way, or at Chatham Railway Station during the works. Medway Council apologises for any inconvenience this may cause while these essential works take place.




From 12 February

From Monday 12 February until Monday 19 February due to Southern Gas Network roadworks taking place Barnsole Road will be closed at the junction of the A2.

121 services will not serve Barnsole Road during this period. Buses will divert via Sturdee Avenue, Woodlands Road and the A2. The bus stops in Barnsole Road will not be served during the works. Please proceed to bus stops at Barnsole Road School in Sturdee Avenue or on the A2.

Medway Council and Arriva apologises for any inconvenience this may cause while these essential works take place which are outside of our control



Timetable are available on our bus services page


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 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.