|Parent||Arriva UK Bus|
|Service area|| East Sussex |
|Service type||Bus services|
|Hubs||Chatham, Maidstone, Tunbridge Wells|
|Operator|| Arriva Guildford & West Surrey |
Arriva Kent & Sussex
Arriva Kent Thameside
Arriva Medway Towns
Arriva Southern Countiesis a bus operator in Surrey, West Sussex, East Sussex, Kent, Essex, Hemel Hempstead, and Watford in England. It is a subsidiary of Arriva UK Bus.
In November 1986 the National Bus Company sold Maidstone & District in a management buyout to Einkorn Limited.In June 1988 New Enterprise Coaches of Tonbridge was purchased, followed in December 1991 by four buses and their associated Kent County Council services from Shearings, and in June 1992 Boro'line Maidstone.
In 1990 British Bus purchased the Cranleigh, Guildford and Woking based operations of Alder Valley followed in 1993 by Colchester Borough Transport and Southend Transport.
In April 1995 Einkorn was sold to British Bus,which had purchased Kentish Bus in July 1994 and Londonlinks in 1988. In August 1995 Einkorn was renamed Invictaway. Invictaway was previously the name of the Maidstone & District commuter services to London, which were renamed Green Line at the same time.
In July 1996 British Bus was taken over by the Cowie Group.Invictaway was renamed Arriva Southern Counties in April 1998, and Arriva transferred London & Country (also owned by British Bus) to it. The subsidiary operating companies therefore became:
Current operations in the South East area are:
Many reorganisations of Arriva operations in South East England have followed since and today the company also controls Arriva Guildford & West Surrey, Arriva West Sussex, and Arriva Southend. The Croydon & North Surrey subsidiary was largely transferred to Arriva London.
In 2001, the Crawley depot and operations were sold to Metrobus and the depot in Merstham was closed.
In August 2004 Arriva Colchester was sold to Tellings-Golden Miller, although with the December 2007 sale of Tellings-Golden Miller, Colchester is once again owned by Arriva, albeit not under the control of Arriva Southern Counties.In October 2009 the Horsham depot and routes were sold to Metrobus with 19 buses.
In March 2015, Network Colchester and Network Harlow operations were taken over from Tellings-Golden Miller, who at the time was an Arriva subsidiary. Both operation companies were rebranded Arriva Colchester and Arriva Harlow respectively.
The Medway Towns network was upgraded in a £10 million investment marketed as Operation Overdrive.
In April 2021, Arriva announced the Sheerness depot would close in July 2021, with routes 360, 361 and 367 being withdrawn and re-tendered by Kent County Council.All three routes are due to transfer to Chalkwell Coaches on Monday 12 July 2021.
Arriva also operates Maidstone park & ride under contract to Maidstone Borough Council.
Arriva also operates three Sapphire routes in Kent, 700 from Bluewater to Chatham, 101 from Gillingham to Maidstone via Chathamand routes 480 and 490 from Valley Drive to Dartford. The fleet includes Alexander Dennis Enviro400s.
Arriva Southern Counties operate the Fastrack busway scheme in the Thames Gateway area of Kent on behalf of the Kent County Council and Prologis. This network currently consists of two routes: Route A runs between Dartford and the Bluewater Shopping Centre, while Route B runs from Temple Hill to Gravesend via Dartford. Since November 2007, Route B has connected with the Eurostar at Ebbsfleet International railway station, and Eurostar passengers are allowed to use the route for free. On 11 February 2008, Arriva started a new "m-tickets" scheme, where passengers are able to pay for bus tickets using their mobile phones.
The main corporate Arriva livery is aquamarine for the body, with a cream "swoop" at the front and a white separator line in between, blue Arriva "circles" logos, and a thin yellow line at skirt level. There are many variations of the livery, such as:
As well as this, many vehicles operating under different schemes run in different liveries, for example Fastrack and Maidstone Park & Ride.
The locations of Arriva Southern Counties' depots and the divisions which operate them are:
Former depots of Arriva Southern Counties were:
Dartford and Grays garages were the only Arriva Southern Counties depots which did not have commercial services and only handled services operated under contract to Transport for London with all buses painted in red Arriva livery.
Commercial routes previously operated from Dartford depot before it became an all Transport for London depot were transferred to Northfleet. Grays depot switched to all Transport for London services after Arriva Southend withdrew both commercial routes 373 and 383 in the Grays area, partially replacing them by extending route 5 from Southend-on-Sea. Routes 44 and 150, the remaining services in the Grays area, are operated under contract to Thurrock Council. The buses used for these routes were transferred to Southend.
As at September 2014, Dartford garage operated London routes 160, 428, 492, B12, B13 and B15.Grays garage operated London routes 66, 346, 370, 375 and 499.
As part of a decision to consolidate all of Arriva's Transport for London routes, Dartford and Grays garages transferred to Arriva London on 1 January 2016.
As at December 2013 the fleet consisted of 900 buses and coaches.[ citation needed ] As at September 2014, 113 buses were dedicated to the Transport for London services.
Dartford railway station serves the town of Dartford in Kent, England. It is 17 miles 12 chains (27.6 km) down the line from London Charing Cross. Train services from the station are operated by Southeastern and Thameslink. Southeastern also manages the station. Dartford is a major interchange station in the North Kent region of the Southeastern network. Ticket barriers control access to the platforms.
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