Tunbridge Wells MP Greg Clark announced today that success had been reached in saving the 285 bus service which had been expected to end on the 1st April. The route, which shuttles between Hawkenbury and Tunbridge Wells Railway Station and Town Centre, is valued by the community in Hawkenbury as well employees at AXA Health’s International House office.
Greg Clark said “Following intensive discussions with officers of Kent County Council, bus operators, AXA, Berkeley Homes and Tunbridge Wells Borough Council I am delighted to announce that the 285 bus service will continue.
“I am very grateful to AXA and Berkeley Homes for agreeing to increase and bring forward subsidy for the service, and for the hard work of KCC and TWBC officers as well as the support of local councillors and residents who contacted me.
“The 285 service is a vital link for many people - young and old - and I was determined to do everything possible to save it.
“It was nearly lost because of declining passenger numbers so the clear message is if you value the 285 please use it!”