New 431 Bus from Sevenoaks to Orpington

Your webmaster attended a public meeting at Knockholt this evening, chaired by Cllr Nick Chard of Kent County Council. Phil Lightowler, KCC’s Head of Public Transport, explained that Arriva as a private company had decided to withdraw the 402 service between Dunton Green and Bromley from 24 July. Austin Blackburn, MD of Go-Coach, announced his new 431 service from Sevenoaks to Orpington. It is accepted by all that this is a poor replacement for the hourly 402 service.

Buses for Orpington will depart from Pratts Bottom at 1002, 1202, 1402 and 1602. The return buses will leave Orpington at 1030, 1230 and 1430. The 431 bus will operate only on weekdays. Holders of free bus passes can travel before 9.30 by paying £1. Passengers for Bromley will need to change at Green Street Green or Orpington High Street.Additional buses run on school days. See below for full timetable.

Letter from Jo Johnson 14.6.2017

Letter from Arriva 10.5.2017

431 Bus Timetable

Arriva 402 Bus Service, public meeting 22 June, 7pm

Following the announcement that the 402 will terminate at Dunton Green from July 24th, and a much reduced 431 timetable introduced, a public meeting has been arranged. KCC’s Senior Transportation Officer, Philip Lightowler and Austin Blackburn, MD of Go Coach will be there to explain the decisions made and answer any questions. The meeting will be at Knockholt Village hall on Thursday June 22nd at 7pm. All welcome.
Freda England, Clerk to Knockholt Parish Council

Biggin Hill Chapel “Hustings” 30 May

A few weeks ago some proposed changes to Biggin Hill Chapel were passed by the Council. Some people are continuing to object to these proposals and a group has been formed, ‘Biggin Hill Chapel Action Group’. They had a first meeting two weeks ago, which was well attended. The second meeting is on 30 May 7.30 pm at the Biggin Hill WI hall, Lebanon Gardens, Biggin Hill and because all the candidates have been invited it technically has become a ‘hustings’

Biggin Hill Noise Tracking System Now Live

Cllr Lydia Buttinger has alerted us that Biggin Hill Airport’s track keeping system has gone live.  You can view this fairly easily by going to their website https://lbhacommunity.co.uk/.  If you click on noise complaint https://lbhacommunity.co.uk/noise-track/, you get to the track keeping system. If you scroll down to the bottom of the page, you will see a button “enter webtrak” and by clicking this, you will go to the tracking keeping system, which is this link http://webtrak5.bksv.com/bqh2.

From this point, you can see a map of the Borough and the various aircraft moving across the sky with Biggin Hill associated aircraft in red and green, denoting arriving and departing. By clicking on an aircraft, you can see the height etc and other detail but also from this screen, you can log a complaint if needed.

Arriva 402 bus service to be withdrawn from 23 July

Arriva 402

Leter from Arriva to Jo Johnson MP

Contrary to assurances (click image to enlarge) given by Arriva to our MP, Jo Johnson, it seems that Arriva is still planning to cancel the 402 service between Dunton Green and Bromley .

Peter Nicholls from London Buses tells us that “Arriva Kent and Surrey have advised us of their proposal to withdraw route 402 between Dunton Green and Bromley from 23 July 2017. The statutory consultation on the withdrawal of the Greater London section is here and I would invite you to respond by Friday 19 May 2017.”

Please respond to the consultation by 19 May!