Bromley 'losing connection to Kent' with cut to 402 bus service
PUBLISHED: 14:50 26 June 2017
The cut comes in next month
Passengers on board a bus which connects Bromley with parts of Kent are being warned it faces closure in less than a month.
The current operator of the 402 bus service, Arriva, is set to cut the service between Bromley and Dunton Green on July 23, after the number of passengers was deemed too low.
The cancellation will affect passengers in Green Street Green, Farnborough, Southborough and Bromley town centre.
The company first warned passenger numbers were too low in 2011, but agreed to delay cuts to the service to see if demand increased.
A spokesperson from the travel company said: “Sadly 6 years on, the service remains under-utilised between Bromley and Dunton Green, and the Sevenoaks Weald loop, and as a result is unfortunately not commercially viable; these parts of the route will cease to operate.”
Arriva will continue to run the service between Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells, but Bromley bus enthusiast Colin Evans was disappointed with the move.
Mr Evans, who lives minutes away from the start of the route, said: “It’s a real shame, a lot of elderly residents use the service, I suppose Arriva may not have been getting enough remuneration back from their bus passes.
“I love using buses to get to and from the countryside or other places, with this cut Bromley is losing an important connection to Kent, meaning fewer people will be able to get to our town centre in the future.”
In a statement, Kent County Council said the decision to cut the service was ultimately down to Arriva.
A spokesperson from KCC said: “To mitigate the impact which would otherwise leave communities with no bus service, we have been working with Go-Coach which is going to provide alternative services.
“The replacement bus services will require subsidy from KCC, which is a new commitment on an already pressured budget.
“For this reason, the replacement services will provide journeys that operate on Monday to Friday only – but do cover all of the main school journeys.”