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

Halstead Open Gardens, Sun 11 June, 10.30-5

Beautiful gardens to explore, Art exhibition, Plant sale, Village flowerpot sculptures

Cream teas/barbeque/refreshments, Children’s play area & bouncy castle

Live piano jazz, Grand prize draw

Tickets: £6 in advance, £8 on the day, Free entry for under 16’s (must be accompanied by an adult), available locally from: Hancocks village shop, the Cock Inn, the Rose & Crown, the Village Ironing Shop, Halstead Community Primary School, the Three Horseshoes, Knockholt. Also available by emailing hog2017@outlook.com

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