The bookable bus service introduced by GO Coach in conjunction with Sevenoaks District Council that started on April 14 will be continued and run for the foreseeable future, with extended hours from 6 a.m. to 19.30 p.m. Monday to Friday and 7 a.m. -7 p.m. on Saturdays.
The service provides journeys of up to 7 miles in most of the SDC area .Other routes in the Sevenoaks
area remain suspended. This service is open to all, but the current government guidelines state that it should only be used for essential journeys. The directive to use a car rather than public transport has obviously limited its current usage. With the gradual lifting of restrictions we should expect this service to grow and it is now being increasingly used by more shoppers and we expect this to be a growing trend. Journeys to Pembury, Farnborough and Orpington hospitals can also be booked via this service.
GO Coach are collecting data on current usage and this will come in useful in planning future routes. It is possible that the longer term future of local transport will all be by bookable services and will include new taxi-style buses that will come into service when social distancing issues have been resolved.
To make a booking or get further information check go-coach.co.uk or call
01732 463 964 or firstname.lastname@example.org
GO have other services running on the outskirts of the SDC area, details are on their website or by phone.
Arriva buses continue to operate using a more limited timetable, and you can call them on 0344 800 44 11. You can also plan journeys using www.traveline.info. They don’t have a phone contact but you can always get a friend or neighbour to help if you haven’t got access to the internet.
The Committee are seeking clarification from Government on the £5 billion planned expenditure to improve rural bus services that is due to come up at a July spending review! The aim to provide affordable, accessible transport for all, to jobs, education, health and other services in KCC’s Growth without Gridlock may well need to be revised or reconsidered alongside Sevenoaks District Council’s aim to be Carbon Zero by 2030.