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HAVE YOUR SAY: Swanley to Orpington evening bus service could be CANCELLED under KCC proposals

PUBLISHED: 16:35 10 May 2016 | UPDATED: 16:36 10 May 2016

Arriva bus routes face the axe or changes due to financial pressures

Arriva bus routes face the axe or changes due to financial pressures

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The 477 is among the services which could change

Kent residents have just days left to have their say on changes to 17 bus services across the county.

In north west Kent, the 477 timetable could change, with some evening services totally cancelled.

The 477 bus service, which runs from Bluewater to Orpington, through Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford, Swanley, St Mary Cray and Orpington could be among the services to change.

KCC currently provides five round journeys on the route between Orpington and Bluewater on Monday to Saturday evenings, with one early morning journey between Swanley and Dartford also being funded.

Under the consultation plans, the morning journey will be replaced by Arriva, and evening services will continue between Swanley and Bluewater, but will end earlier.

There would be no evening service between Swanley and Orpington.

Kent County Council currently spends £6.4million subsidising 150 contracts across the county, and is looking to make £500,000 worth of savings on its contracts.

The council needs to mak savings of £80.8million this year.

KCC cabinet member for environment and transport Matthew Balfour said: “We have already made over £1 million of savings by working with bus operators to re-plan routes and through a greater use of community transport operators.

“We have made these changes without any noticeable impact on bus passengers. We have recently identified a further £250,000 worth of savings but we still need to reduce our spending by a further £500,000 in the next financial year.

“We continue to work with bus operators to explore different options for service provision and look for new sources of funding, but it is likely that some services and journeys at certain times and on certain days will change or have to be reduced.”

People can respond online at www.kent.gov.uk/busreview with the consultation set to close on Sunday, May 15.

The consultation document and questionnaire are also available in Easy Read and Word formats on the website or on request by e-mail alternativeformats@kent.gov.uk, or phone 03000 421553.

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