Kings Hill to Tonbridge School Bus Changes

KCC, in partnership with bus operators, has introduced a revised timetable for the start of the new school year.

As well as renumbering the services to make it easier to identify which bus offers shorter journeys to your child’s school, timings have been revised to better meet school start and finish times and to speed up services.

As well as the core route 77, services at school times will be renumbered into a simpler common series 771-776 with a new express bus (which omits Tonbridge town centre) numbered 77X.

The details for each school will be as follows:

Weald of Kent and Tonbridge Grammar schools

The same number of departures will serve these schools as are provided today. There will be one fast bus in each peak period (77X) which will run via Cannon Lane, bypassing Tonbridge Town Centre, giving shorter journey times to and from Kings Hill and missing some of the traffic delays.

One morning bus (771) will no longer serve Cage Green which also shortens the time to school from Kings Hill.

Hillview School

In the mornings, there will be one fast bus (77X) which will run via Cannon Lane, bypassing Tonbridge Town Centre, giving shorter journey times to and from Kings Hill and missing some of the traffic delays.

One morning bus (771) will no longer serve Cage Green which also shortens the time to school from Kings Hill.

In the afternoons, on Mondays to Thursdays, one bus will operate earlier at 15.30 (771) to better meet the school finishing time.

There would be no change to the early Friday afternoon bus on route 77 at 14.08.

Judd School

In the mornings, the direct bus will continue unchanged, together with the Autocar 205 bus which runs via Paddock Wood. In the afternoons, bus 205 will continue, as will a range of other services with stops along the A26 and from Tonbridge Station.

The bus on route 77 will still cater for the 10.15 Monday morning start time.

Hayesbrook School

In the mornings, the direct bus will continue unchanged but numbered as route 773.

In the afternoons, on Mondays to Wednesdays, the earlier bus from Hillview School (771) will serve Tonbridge Station at 15.37 providing a more suitable journey time home.

On Thursday afternoons, a range of other services along the A26 and from Tonbridge Station will still be provided.

The early Friday afternoon bus leaving Tonbridge Station at 14.15 (route 77) will also still be provided.

Tunbridge Wells

The 06.49 bus to Tunbridge Wells would start from Hadlow instead. However, the faster 06.51 service, which almost all Kings Hill students use, would continue unchanged although numbered as 774.

The new bus timetables will be as follows:

Kings Hill to Tonbridge Buses: Final Timetables
ARR ARR ARR ARR NV NV Auto ARR ARR NV
776 775 774 772 772 771 205 77X 773 77
West Malling High Street 0651 0655 0703 0719 0722 0908
Kings Hill ASDA 0658 0703 0711 0725 0727 0728 0914
Kings Hill Bovarde Avenue 0701 0709 0717 0728 0733 0732 0916
West Malling Airfield Estate 0710 0718 0726 0737 0742 0741 0920
Mereworth Filling Station 0716 0725 0730 via 0746 0748 0923
Hadlow Square 0718 0725 0726 0733 0737 Paddock 0753 0757 0930
Tonbridge Estridge Way 0727 0736 0737 0745 0745 Wood 0801 0808 0937
Higham Lane Tile Barn Cnr 0730 0732 0738 0746
Higham Lane Red House 0732 0734
Shipbourne Road 0736 0738
Cage Green, Pinnacles 0739 0741 0741 0749
Tonbridge Castle 0748 0750 0753 0750 0758 0800 via 0820 0943
Tonbridge Station 0753 0755 0758 0756 0804 0806 0817 Cannon 0824 0946
Brook Street, Judd School (0754) (0756) (0759) 0822 Lane 0825 (0948)
Haysbrook School 0826
Deakin Leas (Lavender Hill) 0801 0809 0810 0815
Kings Road, Hillview Sch 0811 0812 0812
Hectorage Rd, Hillview Sch 0803
Weald of Kent School 0805 0813 0818 0816
Southborough Common 0802 0804 0807 0956
Skinners School 0812 0814 0817 1006
Bennett Memorial School 0823 0826
Tunbridge Wells Station 0821 1013
NV NV ARR Auto ARR NV ARR ARR ARR
77 771 771 205 77X 772 776 774 775
Tunbridge Wells Station FRI NOT FRI 1531
Bennett Memorial School 1545 1545
Skinners School, Beltring Rd 1539 1555 1552
Southborough Common 1550 1605 1605
Kings Road, Hillview Sch 1408 1530
Weald of Kent School 1410 1532 1550 1554 1600
Deakin Leas (Lavender Hill) 1412 1534 1553 1556 1602
Haysbrook School
Brook Street, Judd School 1550 (1557) (1612) (1609)
Tonbridge Station 1415 1537 1559 1555 via 1605 1558 1613 1613
Tonbridge Castle 1419 1542 1603 Via Cannon 1610 1606 1621 1621
Cage Green, Pinnacles Paddock Lane 1616 1612 1627
Denbeigh Drive Wood 1614 1629
Higham Lane Red House 1617 1632
Higham Lane Tile Barn Cnr 1620 1618 1633
Tonbridge Estridge Way 1425 1549 1616 1607 1623 1621 1634 1636
Hadlow Square 1433 1600 1622 1613 1629 1627 1640 1642
Mereworth Filling Station 1438 1604 1627 1619 1635 1644 1646
West Malling Airfield Estate 1442 1609 1633 1634 1624 1640 1650 1652
Kings Hill Bovarde Avenue 1449 1616 1640 1640 1631 1647 1658 1700
Kings Hill ASDA 1453 1620 1644 1643 1635 1651 1702 1704
West Malling High Street 1501 1628 1650 1643 1659 1708
Times in brackets are at the A26 Springwell Road stops.
ARR: Operated by Arriva NV: Operated by Nu Venture Auto: Operated by Autocar
Kings Hill to Tonbridge School Bus Changes was last modified: July 31st, 2019 by Thom Morris