Consultation into Thanet bus changes

A consultation has been launched on changes to funding for three bus services in Thanet.

The proposals could see the withdrawal of the 42/42A, 56 and 39/39A services.

In its place would be new services and changes to existing commercial services along most sections of the routes.

For the 39/39A service, people will be able to use the Stagecoach LOOP and service 34.

A new service 48 would be introduced serving Sherwood Gardens and Dumpton.

Service 9 would be diverted via Monkton and Minster providing hourly services to Ramsgate and Broadstairs as well as services to Canterbury in the opposite direction in place of the existing 42/42A service.

Stagecoach service 11 will continue to provide a service from Monkton and Minster to Westwood Cross.

Cliffsend would have access to service 34 on the Sandwich Road and service 34 would also serve the Nethercourt Estate.

Minor adjustments to the commercial network and other subsidised services are planned to mitigate withdrawal of the 56 service.

In addition, a new 37 service would replace the majority of the route and provide a service from Broadstairs via St Peters, Westwood Cross and QEQM to Margate.

KCC cabinet member for transport Mike Whiting said: “These proposed changes take advantage of the fact that much of the routes concerned are already covered by commercial bus services.

“We have worked closely with Stagecoach to develop ideas that enable us to save money whilst limiting the amount of major impacts on bus users.”

This consultation will run for four weeks from today (November 22) until December 19 with changes coming into effect in April if agreed.

There will be two consultation drop-in events:

  • November 29, 1pm to 3pm at St Peter’s Church Hall, Broadstairs, CT10 2TR
  • December 3, 2.15pm to 4.15pm at Minster Neighbourhood Centre, Ramsgate, CT12 4EA

Full details of the proposals, route maps and timetables showing proposed changes, details of the consultation drop-in events and questionnaire are available at kent.gov.uk/thanetbusconsultation

Summary of impact if proposed changes went ahead

Service 39
  • Nixon Avenue will no longer be served. Passengers can access LOOP services on Margate Road or service 34 on Allenby Road. In most instances this would mean no more than a 5-minute walk.
  • Newington Road (between Margate Road and Bush Avenue) will no longer be served. Passengers can access service 34 in Bush Avenue/Stirling Way or the LOOP on Margate Road. In most instances this would mean no more than a 5-minute walk.
  • Northwood Road (between The Silvers and A256) will no longer be served. Passengers can access service 9 from The Silvers or service 34 on A256. In most instances this would mean no more than a 2-minute walk.
  • Dumpton Sherwood Gardens direct links to Westwood Cross are lost however LOOP services are available along Ramsgate Road and the replacement service 48 connects to the LOOP on Ramsgate Road and at Ramsgate Station.
Service 42
  • Cliffsend will no longer receive a direct service through the centre of the village. Service 9 can be accessed on Canterbury Road West (10-minute walk) and service 43 on Sandwich Road (5-minute walk).
Service 56
  • East Kent Retail Park will no longer be served directly but can be accessed from Westwood Cross Bus Hub. This would mean no more than a 5-10 minutes’ walk.
  • College Road between the College Road roundabout and Milmead Road will not be served. Passengers can access service 34 and new service 37 on the A255 St Peters Road or service 32 on Milmead Road. This would mean no more than a 5 minutes’ walk.
  • Devonshire Gardens will no longer be served. Passengers can access service 8 and LOOP on Northdown Road or revised service 38 on Eastern Esplanade. This would mean no more than a 5 minutes’ walk.
Consultation into Thanet bus changes was last modified: November 22nd, 2018 by Thom Morris