Boughton Monchelsea Parish Council
Boughton Monchelsea is served by the number 59 / 89 bus.
From Monday to Friday, the bus leaves The Albion stop at 07.22 (07.41 during school holidays), 09.58 and 13.53. On Saturdays it leaves this stop at 08.02, 09.59 and 14.05. The 07.22 bus is a number 89 and travels into Coxheath first, before returning to Linton crossroads, then on into Maidstone. All other buses to and from Boughton Monchelsea are numbered 59.
The return journey (Monday to Friday) leaves the Chequers bus station at 12.32, 16.12 (term time only) and 17.47. On Saturdays it leaves the bus station at 12.43, 15.27 and 17.57.
The bus timetable can be found on the Arriva website
Following a recent consultation, KCC and Arriva have agreed to pilot running the 59 bus service as a feeder bus for 12 months. This had been planned to commence from June 2019 however this has been delayed due to the discovery of power cables directly underneath the proposed location of a new bus layby on Sutton Road. As there is currently no alternative location for the layby which is important to allow the feeder buses to wait for the commercial buses that operate from Maidstone Town Centre, the service cannot be commenced as planned. UK Power Networks will be relocating the cables but there is currently no date for when this will be complete. In addition to a new bus layby there will also be improvements to the current shelter facilities on Sutton Road, including the installation of Real Time information screens.
The 59 bus service will continue on its current timetable until the improvement work is complete however when the trial service begins, instead of running directly into Maidstone via the A229, the bus will stop at Morrisons where you will be able to catch the number 82 bus into Maidstone town centre. This means the bus can run twice as often. Concessionary travel passes will still be accepted and if you buy a ticket on board you will be able to use it on both buses without paying extra. The service will continue to be operated by Arriva and school journeys will not be affected. A new timetable will be available nearer the time. After a year, KCC and Arriva will decide whether the trial should be made permanent. Full details of the trial are available at :
KCC have launched a Bus Feedback Portal. This includes information about how to make a formal complaint or compliment about bus services and who to contact in the event that bus users experience problems. It also includes a feedback form for residents to let them know about their experiences of using buses and the quality of service provided.
KCC have advised that they will use the feedback they get to create a greater understanding of what types of problems bus users experience and to spot trends about the areas or on which services they arise. They will use this information to inform the conversations that they have with bus operators through their Quality Bus Partnerships or more generally and help improve things for bus users.
KCC is encouraging people to use the form to let them know about their experience of using buses and the quality of service provided. A link to the portal if provided below.