Bus de­pot set to open in spring

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE -

Ar­riva is busy con­struct­ing a new bus de­pot in Tun­bridge Wells.

Based on the for­mer site of the West Kent Col­lege in King­stand­ing Road on the North Farm es­tate, it will ser­vice nine main routes and seven school ser­vices in the town with a to­tal of around 150 peo­ple ex­pected to work there.

En­gi­neer­ing teams have al­ready moved in, and of­fice build­ings, due to open this spring, are set to serve as a sec­ondary head­quar­ters for Ar­riva South­ern Coun­ties.

The move fol­lows the clo­sure of the bus com­pany’s pre­vi­ous de­pot in St John’s Road last Oc­to­ber.

That site, which had been home to Ar­riva and its pre­de­ces­sor com­pa­nies for 80 years is be­ing re­de­vel­oped as a care home.

The 48 buses pre­vi­ously based there have been in tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion at Can­non Lane, Ton­bridge while the works are un­der­way.

To cel­e­brate the end of con­struc­tion, Ar­riva is hold­ing a fam­ily fun day on April 1.

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