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Arriva to stop running route 1 and 2 buses in Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells 285 service

By Luke May

Three bus services are being scrapped due to a "lack of passenger use".

Arriva is withdrawing the 285 service in Tunbridge Wells, along with route 1 and 2 buses in Sevenoaks.

The bus operator will stop running all three services on April 7.

An Arriva bus on Sheppey (6828993)
An Arriva bus on Sheppey (6828993)

Route 1 runs from Dunton Green to Sevenoaks, while route 2 runs from Kemsing and Seal to Sevenoaks.

Go-Coach is expected to start a replacement service in Sevenoaks for both buses.

An Arriva spokesman said: "Over the last few years, Arriva has employed a number of innovative approaches to try and revive the services, but the lack of passengers has left the routes no longer commercially sustainable. Go-Coach will be registering a replacement service on the old routes so passengers will still be able to travel."

Arriva did not say when a replacement service will start. The route 285 service runs between Hawkenbury and Tunbridge Wells and Ramslye to Tunbridge Wells.

According to Arriva, other operators serve the same route. It will end the same day as services in Sevenoaks.

Lauren Edmonds, marketing manager, Arriva Kent and Surrey, said: "We are constantly reviewing our networks and making changes to try and improve the customer experience.

"Unfortunately the usage of this service was not enough for us to run it effectively and so we have been left with no choice but to withdraw them. We wanted to make our passengers aware of these changes ahead of time."

Read more: All the latest news from Sevenoakes and Tunbridge Wells

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