Arriva axes 402 bus service before consultation ends

Your Webmaster has just received this email from Arriva (my emphases):

Arriva Bus Southern Counties has recently undertaken a major network review in order to improve resource allocation and punctuality across the entire network. As part of this review, patronage was assessed to ensure that resources and services are being scheduled on a demand led basis. The result of this activity has secured both improved punctuality and customer satisfaction in several areas.

Arriva has been operating the 402 service between Tunbridge Wells and Bromley via Sevenoaks for many years. The service was previously reviewed back in 2011 and was deemed to be below viable patronage levels at this time, however Arriva agreed to delay any cuts to the service and explore the calls for service demand, which were expressed during the consultation process. 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 from Sunday 23rd July, 2017. Arriva will retain and operate the 402 service between Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells.

Arriva will continue to consult closely with Kent County Council, as the council may decide to review whether the service meets their criteria for support as a socially necessary service.

PLEASE RESPOND TO ARRIVA before the statutory consultation ends on Friday 19 May 2017 by clicking here! You might also wish to write to your MP and local councillor.

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