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Transport

Edenbridge is electric! Charge your car at Market Yard Car Park

Four 7kWh charging points for electric vehicles are now available for use at Market Yard Car Park, Edenbridge.  

The Town Council is delighted to be part of a partnership project through Kent Parish Networks to install charge-points, with funding from Kent County Council, a government grant and a contribution from the Town Council CIL funds (money we have received from developers.)

As one of the car parks the Town Council owns, Edenbridge councillors identified Market Yard as a suitable site to install the charge-points. The electric points are slow-charging – ideal for residents or visitors wanting to top up their charge, or for those wanting to charge a full battery overnight. It’s great to see that some residents and visitors have already been using the chargers, which went live mid-January.

The cost per kWh for users is 50p and the charge speed is 7kWh per hour. Payment is through a mobile app, which users can access by scanning a QR code.

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Community News Transport

Change to Edenbridge bus route

As Edenbridge Hospital has closed and services moved to the new Edenbridge Memorial Health Centre, on Four Elms Road, there are changes to Metro Bus routes 231 and 233. Journeys which currently terminate in Edenbridge Hospital grounds will be revised to operate a loop, via the relief road and up Edenbridge High Street to terminate at the Post Office.


Some minor timetable changes have been introduced as a result of the above, and also to improve the arrival time of the final morning journey at Bennett Memorial School.

Hard copies of the new timetable are also available from the Council office.

For more information about bus services, visit www.metrobus.co.uk

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Transport

Free all day travel in August

For older and disabled person bus pass holders in Kent and Medway
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Consultations Transport

Railway ticket office closures – have your say

On Wednesday 5 July 2023, transport watchdogs London TravelWatch and Transport Focus launched public consultations on behalf of rail operators across the country to consider how tickets are sold and to improve customer service.

The consultation runs until 26 July 2023.

The proposal aims to better support passengers by moving colleagues out from behind traditional ticket offices windows, which would close, onto station concourses where customers need them most, making them more visible and accessible.

The aspiration is that colleagues would move to roles that cover a broader range of customer needs in the future – from travel and fares advice to accessibility assistance – following engagement with both colleagues and the unions.

These potential plans support wider moves to modernise the railway, put customer service at its heart and would offer a more varied and interesting role for colleagues.

No final decisions have been made as the industry is currently at local public consultation stage.

No stations that have staff today will become unstaffed and station opening hours would remain the same.

The proposal for Edenbridge Town Station, which is operated by Southern Railway, is to close the ticket office and to provide ticket assistance instead. The times would remain the same (Weekdays 06.30 am to 1.05 pm; Saturday 07.00 am to 1.35 pm; Sunday closed).

To view the proposals in more detail and to find out how you can comment, please visit the Southern Railway website.

You can also check proposals for other stations and find out how to comment by visiting the respective operator websites below.

As this public consultation is being carried out by Transport Focus and London TravelWatch, GTR (Southern, Thameslink, Great Northern and Gatwick Express) cannot take your feedback directly. The only way to ensure your response is accepted is to complete the consultation by emailing or writing to Transport Focus or London TravelWatch. 

For Edenbridge Town station or other Southern operated ticket office, email your response to: southern.consultation@londontravelwatch.org.uk

Or write to:

Freepost RTEH-XAGE-BYKZ
London TravelWatch
PO Box 5594
Southend-on-Sea
SS1 9PZ

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Community News Transport

Free Bus Weekend – 24/25 June

Bus passengers across Kent and Medway will be able to travel completely free over the weekend of 24 and 25 June, thanks to a collaboration between Kent County Council and the bus companies, paid for with funding from the government.

This initiative has been coordinated to support the Kent Big Weekend, organised by Visit Kent which is promoting more than 70 tourist attractions across the county with many offering free or reduced cost entry.

The Free Bus Weekend is funded by the Department for Transport through Kent’s Enhanced Bus Partnership Schemes.

Passengers can just turn up and travel for free on any bus within Kent and Medway up to 8pm on both days and it is hoped that as well as supporting the Kent Big Weekend, this initiative will encourage more people to use buses again following the pandemic, to discover new places, visit friends or family and to help reduce the number of cars on Kent’s roads.

So why not leave the car at home, hop on a bus and discover new places!

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