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Update - March 2019.

Thank you to everyone who took part in this consultation.  A report detailing a summary of the feedback received is now available in the Summary of Results section below.     

This report and the updated EqIA will be considered by the Environment and Transport Cabinet Committee on 19th March, who will be asked to make a recommendation about whether to progress with the changes proposed or not.

For further information regarding this meeting, please click here.


Original consultation text


Last Summer, Kent County Council launched the Big Conversation to explore innovative and sustainable ways of providing transport to rural communities in Kent.

We have used the results of this consultation to develop a number of pilot schemes to test out the ideas.

We are proposing to revise the 59 service (Grafty Green – Maidstone) and the  13 service (Hollingbourne - Maidstone) operated by Arriva and Nu-Venture, to provide more frequent journey opportunities for the villages currently served.

In order to facilitate these extra journeys, these services would become feeder buses and they would no longer run all the way into Maidstone. Instead, they would terminate at Morrisons, Sutton Road where users could change onto high frequency buses into Maidstone or Tenterden.

Full details of this proposal can be found in the Consultation Document, which is available from the 'Documents' section below. 

To find out more about the Big Conversation and any of the other pilot schemes, visit

Have your say

We want to hear your feedback on our proposal. No decision has been taken yet and your views are important in helping us to make a final decision.

Please tell us your views by completing the online questionnaire via the link under 'Respond' below.

In the ‘Documents’ section below you will also find our initial Equality Impact Assessments (EqIA) for this project for you to read and comment on via the consultation questionnaire.

If you require any further information about the proposed changes before responding to this consultation, please contact us at or speak to us at one of our consultation drop in events:


Date Time Venue
Monday, 4 February 10:00 to 13:00 St Nicholas’ Church, Lower Street, Leeds, ME17 1RL
Saturday, 9 February 09:30 to 12:30 Kingswood and Broomfield Village Hall, Maidstone, ME17 3PX


Please note this consultation closes at midnight on 19 February 2019. 


Alternative Formats: If you need this questionnaire or any of the consultation documents in hard copy or an alternative format, please email 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 Jan 2019 at 10:00
  • Closed
    19 Feb 2019 at 23:59
  • Response Published
    18 Mar 2019


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