The Dover and Deal diamond bus
Changes are being made to bus services across Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay.
Stagecoach has announced improvements to existing services as well as plans for extended operations.
New connections to and from Canterbury are being made on the Dover and Deal ‘Diamond’ network.
A new Sunday service on route 15B between Dover, River and Canterbury will be introduced.
It will provide the people of River with Sunday buses to Canterbury for the first time and will also double the frequency of the Sunday service between Dover and Canterbury to hourly.
In Canterbury, changes have been planned for route 22.
Stagecoach will split the route back into two separate services with route 21/21A running from Hales Place to the city centre.
Route 22 buses will run from London Road Estate to the city centre.
There will also be a new off-peak route, numbered 27, from the city centre to London Road Estate serving St Dunstan’s in both directions.
This route will provide a link between Canterbury West Station and the city centre, timed to meet high speed train arrivals.
On the Triangle buses to Whitstable and Herne Bay, there will be some timetable changes on morning journeys (route 4 only).
Route 36 from the QEQM in Margate to Herne Bay has been extended to Tankerton, Whitstable and Estuary View, running every hour.
The frequency is doubled to every half hour between Whitstable and Estuary View which means this route will replace the temporary Estuary View shuttle bus introduced last year, whilst also providing the medical centre with additional links to Herne Bay, Margate and the QEQM.
Philip Norwell, managing director of Stagecoach in East Kent said: “We are delighted to be able to announce so many service improvements across east Kent. We’ve introduced new routes and doubled the frequency of several other existing routes, which will provide better bus services for many local people.
“We’ve listened to customer feedback about route 22 in Canterbury and have managed to address their concerns by reinstating the direct route from Hales Place into the city centre whilst also maintaining the link into St Dunstan’s.”
All changes come into place on April 26. New timetables and route maps will be available online at stagecoachbus.com/eastkent in early April.