The government has extended the trial bus fare subsidy scheme to the end of June.
Thanks to government support, the £ 2 maximum single fares apply on Arriva’s routes 7 and 402 connecting Southborough with Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells. (A list of route exceptions is at the end of the blog.)
Meanwhile, there is still no prospect of an improved route for cyclists trying to travel between Tonbridge and Tonbridge Wells.
The latest episode of the podcast, West Kent Talking, has just been published. It outlines the obstacles to efforts to get people out of cars and so alleviate the continuing road congestion that costs so many local people time and money.
There is apparently not enough funding available to build the segregated cycle routes that would encourage a big switch to cycling. Meanwhile the scheme to impose 20 mph limits on traffic speeds in Tonbridge in an effort to make streets safer got a mixed response from the public.
In this podcast, Martin Webber discusses the big local transport issues with the man responsible for the area’s roads, David Brazier of the Conservatives who’s Kent County Council’s cabinet member for Highways and Transport. David Brazier tells us why he thinks a cycle route within the existing A26 road width would be unsafe, while the idea of a new cycle route parallel to the A26 (on the fringes of farmland between Southborough and Tonbridge) would be unaffordable.
Plus you will hear from the Liberal Democrat’s Peter Lidstone, who is the cycling and walking champion in Tunbridge Wells. And finally listen to the ideas of Adrian Berendt, who works for the national group Campaign for Better Transport and who’s also vice-Chair of the Tunbridge Wells Town Forum. Adrian Berendt believes a new A26 segregated cycle lane is possible and would benefit the 7,000 children who attend schools along the A26 in the St. John’s area.
You can listen on Apple Podcasts or use this link to Spotify podcasts:
The following Arriva routes are excluded from the £2 single fares:
|286 Coleman’s Hatch – Tunbridge Wells|
|531 Noah’s Ark – Weald of Kent School|
|582 Tunbridge Wells – Hugh Christie Technology College|
|771 Weald of Kent School – West Malling|
|772 Weald of Kent School – Hadlow|
|773 Hayesbrook School – West Malling|
|774 Bennett Memorial School – West Malling|
|775 Bennett Memorial School – Kings Hill|
|776 Tunbridge Wells – Hadlow|
|77X Weald of Kent School – West Malling|