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Little Relief for Bus Users in South Maidstone

December 17, 2013 1:01 AM

Brian ClarkAt last week's Kent County Meeting at Sessions House Councillor Brian Clark raised concern with the continuing problem with buses in South Maidstone. Three months on from the beginning of term time, parents are still having real problems with the quality of service along the A229 Corridor.

Brian asked the Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, David Brazier, "firstly what measures will be in place to prevent the situation from reoccurring, and secondly, while some progress has been made since September; how South Maidstone morning bus provision can be made truly fit for purpose?"

David Brazier said that broadly, KCC and the bus service providers work together to ensure capacity on each route is sufficient. Brian and parents remain unconvinced. "Bus capacity in South Maidstone has been far from 'broadly sufficient', we are still having problems today - the cabinet seems completely detached from the problems parents and pupils are facing on a daily basis"

David Brazier also stated that at the start of the academic year, "it is not possible to be entirely accurate about the numbers that will wish to travel until a few days into the first week", Brian countered that parents are being failed by KCC.

Afterwards Brian said "This is not rocket science, at the beginning of term I joined parents at a bus stop to witness bus, after bus, after bus, passing by completely full. This problem continued for weeks There was a complete breakdown. Parents have made decisions on which schools to send their children based on bus provision - they are being let down. I do not think lessons are being learned and I feel with such a level of denial and swingeing cuts on the way, this situation can only get worse going forward."