Update February 2019

Thank you to everyone who took part in the consultation. The results were presented to the Environment and Transport Cabinet Committee on 17th January 2019. The webcast of this meeting is available to view and a copy of the Consultation Report can be download from the ‘Summary of Results’ section below.

A decision has been taken by the Cabinet Member for Planning, Highways, Transport and Waste to proceed with the changes as outlined in the consultation.

KCC’s Public Transport team have used the feedback from the consultation to identify key themes and concerns. These have raised with Stagecoach to see what amends could be made. Where they are able to make changes these will be reflected in the revised timetables, which will be available shortly.

Changes will be implemented from April 2019.


Original consultation text


Most bus services in Kent are run by private bus operators on a commercial basis. However, for the last 30 years, Kent County Council (KCC) has funded some routes which, while not commercially viable, have been considered important to the needs of the communities they serve.

We have worked hard to protect this funding, but as central government funding has continued to reduce, we have had to make savings, changing the way we work and spending less.

KCC has engaged with bus operators of funded services asking them to consider any opportunities where they can continue to provide KCC funded bus services without council subsidy.

Operators have presented KCC with proposals that will enable us to reduce spend, whilst protecting school services and ensure communities still have access to transport.

Two proposals from Stagecoach (services 42/42A, 56 and 39/39A) in Thanet and from Go-coach (services 404 and 405) in Sevenoaks are being considered. These would save KCC approximately £410k per year (£360k from Thanet proposals and £50k from Sevenoaks proposals).

This consultation relates to the proposals for services in Thanet from Stagecoach.

Have your say

Before any decisions are made, we want to hear your views on:

  • How the proposed revisions could impact you.
  • The assumptions we have made in the draft EqIA.
  • Any additional information that you think we need to consider about the proposed changes to the routes.

Before completing the consultation questionnaire, please read the consultation document, which is available to download from the 'Documents' section below.

Please tell us your views by completing the online questionnaire, which is available from the 'Respond' section below.

If you have any queries, please contact us via email on: public.transport@kent.gov.uk or drop in and talk to our team at any of the following consultation drop-in events:

  • 29 November, 13:00 to 15:00 at St Peter’s Church Hall, Broadstairs, CT10 2TR
  • 3 December, 14:15 to 16:15 at Minster Neighbourhood Centre, Ramsgate, CT12 4EA

Please note this consultation closes at 23:59 on 19 December 2018. 


Alternative Formats and Hard Copies

To request hard copies of any of the consultation documents, or for any other formats, please email alternativeformats@kent.gov.uk or call: 03000 421553 (text relay service number: 18001 03000 421553). This number goes to an answering machine, which is monitored during office hours.


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This consultation has now closed.


  • Opened
    22 Nov 2018 at 10:00
  • Closed
    19 Dec 2018 at 23:59
  • Response Published
    27 Feb 2019

Summary of Results



Consulting Organisation Type
  • Kent County Council
Consulting Organisation Name Kent County Council
District / Borough areas affected by the consultation
  • Thanet
Consultation Topic
  • General interest
  • Traffic, transport and roads
Consultation Methods
  • Online survey / questionnaire / forms
  • Other
Contact Details

If you have any queries, please contact us via email on: public.transport@kent.gov.uk