School Bus Services from the Autumn Term

Published: 15 July 2022

237 - Chiddingstone to Tunbridge Wells
This service will NOT run from September. This was a contracted service run by Go-Coach that was due to expire in April but KCC asked for the contract to be extended to the end of July. This contract will not be renewed.

631 - service to Chiddingstone School
This service is UNDER THREAT for September. Go-Coach is waiting to hear from KCC as to the future of this route.

235 - Tunbridge Wells to Tonbridge via Penshurst and Leigh
This service is UNDER THREAT from October onwards. KCC has withdrawn funding for services during the day that are run by Autocar, and this has meant that this school service is not viable. It has not been cancelled yet, but is under serious threat of cancellation.

230 - Tunbridge Wells to Tonbridge via Penshurst and Bidborough
This service will not run from September. KCC has withdrawn funding for services during the day that are run by Autocar, and this has meant that this school service is not viable. This service has been cancelled.

231 - Bough Beech to Tunbridge Wells
Metrobus say that this bus will run, but changes may still occur.

233 - Bough Beech to Tunbridge Wells
Metrobus say that this bus will run, but changes may still occur.

All families who are affected by these bus changes should email the following people and make it clear that you want KCC to provide the funding for these services. KCC has the responsibility to provide transport to school for children who attend their nearest suitable school. This does not include grammar schools and faith schools now. However, how will your children get to school? If the only option is for parents to take their children to school, there will be other issues, such as environment/pollution, traffic congestion, physical ability to drive there with possibly children at different schools, parents who work etc.

Margot McArthur margot.mcarthur@kent.gov.uk Your County Councillor, who will have the mandate to push your requests forward at KCC if you contact her. Also Deputy Cabinet Member for Integrated Children's Services.

David Brazier david.brazier@kent.gov.uk Cabinet Member for Highways & Transport KCC

Sue Chandler sue.chandler@kent.gov.uk Cabinet Member for Integrated Children's Services KCC

Roger Gough roger.gough@kent.gov.uk Leader of KCC

Please copy the Parish Council louise.clerk@chiddingstone.org