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Bus-users' chance to fight for better services in Maidstone

Wednesday 11th July 2018

BUS-users in Maidstone will meet up for the second time to keep up the pressure on service providers for better public transport in the town.

The West Maidstone Bus Forum will be discussing issues including the recent changes to the town’s Park and Ride scheme; services to Maidstone East train station and live information feeds to bus stops.

The forum looks specifically at services in the area of Maidstone Hospital; Allington; Barming and Fant.

Transport campaigner James Willis, who founded the forum with bus campaigner Fran Smith (pictured), said: “This is an opportunity for bus-users to raise issues they have with the service and this is then used to lobby for change, which is achieving results.

“Personally, I feel if someone doesn’t fight for anything other than the car, what will happen to those who don’t drive and those of us who want an alternative, sustainable means of transport?”

He said the group, which first met in June, has been successful in negotiating with interested parties, which include the borough council, which provides the park and ride; the county council, which subsidises some services, and the bus companies Arriva and Nu Venture.

Arriva has already confirmed it will attend the next meeting at the Thomas Whyatt, London Road, at 6.30pm, on Monday, July 16. All are welcome.