Changes to Bus Timetables

The bus timetable changes are changing!

The details are at https://www.arrivabus.co.uk/kent-and-surrey/floating/changes-to-bus-times-in-the-gravesend-and-dartford-areas-from-2nd-september-2018/

but the main points to note are:

  • There will be no changes to the actual numbers of buses but a lot of times will change.
  • Many 423 buses to and from Bluewater and Dartford will run 10 minutes later than at present.
  • Minor adjustments to the times of some 489 Gravesend buses but no changes at the Longfield and New Ash Green end.
  • New contracts from Kent County Council mean that:

Sunday 433 and 489 buses will now be run by Arriva, not Go-Coach, but with no changes to the timetable.

Evening buses to and from Dartford, Bluewater and Gravesend will now be run by Red Route, not Arriva, with the same timetable.

Some roadside timetables have already been changed to show the new times, entirely or in part, but others have not so people need to be careful if relying on them.  The new Arriva timetables are available on their website (with a bit of an effort because they are well hidden and with the exception of the Sunday 433 timetable) but they completely ignore the Red Route evening buses.  There is nothing on the Red Route website yet but the information can be found on the Traveline website.

Calling All Dog Owners

DOG OWNERS – PLEASE DISPOSE OF POO BAGS RESPONSIBLY

Over the winter months the number of used poo bags being discarded inappropriately (in hedgerows and trees, on verges, and throughout our woodlands) has increased dramatically.  A member the Woodlands Group recently removed over 200 from the badgers’ sett in Nine Horse Wood.  This is not acceptable.   If you are a dog owner, you are responsible for clearing up after your pet and putting the bagged poo into one of the many bins provided.  Most of us do this, but there is a small (but very significant) minority who don’t.  If you are one of those, your behaviour is giving all dog owners a bad name and is leading to unsightly contamination throughout the village.  Thankyou to all those who behave responsibly and who also find this disgusting habit intolerable.

Bus Service Changes – Revised and Reduced Timetable

433 New Ash Green to Darenth Valley Hospital and Bluewater will no longer run.

423 New Ash Green to Dartford will be diverted via the Hospital and Bluewater

489 New Ash Green to Gravesend will have a revised timetable with a reduction in morning journeys. Peak journeys will not serve Southfleet. Increased Saturday frequency.

To view the revised weekly timetables click the relevant route number and for the Sunday timetable click here

Power cuts – Priority Support

Do you or someone you know need extra support during a power cut? Although power cuts don’t happen very often when they do they can be worrying. UK Power Networks is the electricity network and it provides a ‘Priority Services Register’ for people who might need extra help in a power cut. Older people, families with very young children, and people with specific medical conditions are among the many people who are eligible to register for free support. You can find more details and register by visiting ukpowernetworks.co.uk/prioritysupport or calling 0800 169 9970.

Ring 105 for electricity problems

A national phone number 105 has been launched if you need to report or find information about a power cut in your area.

Key points to note about this service are:
·         Dialling 105 will put customers through to their local electricity network operator – the company that manages the cables, power lines and substations that deliver electricity into homes and businesses in their area.
·         105 is just one of the ways that customers can contact their electricity network operator. They can also contact them by phone or via their website, and most network operators are on social media too.
·         105 is a free service for people in England, Scotland and Wales.
·         Customers can call 105 no matter who they choose to buy electricity from.
·         Customers can also call 105 if they spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put anyone in danger. If there’s a serious immediate risk, they should call the emergency services too.

But if you see problems with street lighting in New Ash Green, contact the Residents’ Society or Village Association first.