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Changes to bus services

Bus service Information
130/131 From July 24 there are some timetable changes on the 130 timetable. This includes the retiming of journeys to make them more evenly spread throughout the day. Some journeys have been removed which had very low patronage such as the 0716 from Maidstone to Twydall. All journeys now terminate at Twydall Shops rather than the Will Adams Centre in Beechings Way. The new timetable can be downloaded here
142/145 Due to a building collapse in Delce Road, Rochester which has lead to a complete closure of the road, buses 142, and 145 are currently being diverted.

Nu-Venture service 142 is being diverted via City Way, to St Williams Way, then to normal route at Fairlead Road. A temporary bus stop will be set up at the junction of Fairlead Road and St Williams Way.

Arriva service 145  is being diverted via City Way, Onslow Road to Delce Road then back on normal route.

These diversions are to take place until further notice.

Arethusa Road closed at City Way junction from 24 July- 21 August
Due to Arethusa Road being closed for Gas main works between 24 July and 21 August at the City Way junction the 145 will divert as follows:-

As now to St Williams Way then Fairlead Road, Fleet Road, The Fairway, The Tideway and Arethusa Road with the Orion Road journeys continuing round the loop.

With this diversion all stops between The George and Arethusa Road will not be served. 145 service to Chatham unaffected.

 

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.

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.