KENT County Council received about £100,000 from the developers of Ryarsh Brickworks to improve public transport links between Ryarsh and West Malling.
The council proposes to use it on improvememts to the 58 bus service. However, there are concerns that the “improvements” look set to deprive large numbers of Malling people of their only direct bus route to Maidstone Hospital and local shops.
KCC says it wants to use the money to increase the frequency of the existing number 58 bus timetable, but it is proposed that it runs only to New Road, when it would travel back into West Malling. This would leave passengers all along its current route, who want to travel to Maidstone Hospital, having to pick up other connecting bus services, all of which involve a trip into Maidstone town centre and out again.
County Councillor Trudy Dean said: "The 58 bus provides the only direct route to Maidstone Hospital for a whole string of villages between Wrotham Heath and Aylesford. It also provides the only bus which runs through the old centre of East Malling via Clare Lane, and Mill Street.
“I'm told there are no notices on the bus itself, so it's possible not many people are aware of the potential loss of this service.”
If you will be affected please email Dan Bruce at [email protected] with your views.