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Parking permits update:

Please be advised that the prices of some permits will be changing from 01 April 2018.  Find more information on our permits page or call our helpline on 01634 332 266 (Mon-Thurs, 8am-5.15pm, Fri, 8am-5pm).

From 1 April the Yearly Visitor Permits will no longer be available.


Statement from Richard Hicks Director and Deputy Chief Executive of Medway Council

We have removed the annual visitor permit as they were open to abuse and were often bought and sold on to others, which decreased the number of parking spaces available for residents.

A number of residents living in Controlled Parking Zones have raised concerns about being unable to park near their homes. We have listened to this feedback and it has been agreed that, although new annual visitor parking permits will no longer be available from 1 April, existing permits are still valid until they expire and residents will be able to buy daily permits for visitors.

We’ve increased the number of visitor vouchers residents will be able to buy each month from 20 to 50. We want to ensure residents have the opportunity to park as close to their homes as possible.

The price of Medway’s daily visitor vouchers are in line with neighbouring authorities.

Permit Exchanges

Permit exchanges only can be dealt with at: Travel Information Centre, Waterfront Way, Chatham.

Parking vouchers can be purchased at all Medway community hubs.

For more information regarding Penalty Charge Notices and permit enquiries refer to the parking and fines page or call our helpline on 01634 332 266 (Mon - Thur 8am - 5.15pm; Fri 8am - 5pm).

Online Permits

The launch of the online parking permit system has been delayed while we continue to speak with permit users and seek feedback from the community. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. More information can be found here.

Medway Council Car Parks Available in Freezing Weather Conditions

For information relating to car parks available in freezing weather conditions (pdf 73KB)

Pay and display charges

Pay and display parking charges will increase in Medway from 3 April 2017. Find out what the new charges are.

Easter Bus Arrangements

Please not the following changes for the Easter Holidays

Maundy Thursday - Thursday 29 March 2018

A normal Thursday service will operate:-


Railway Street, Chatham (by Alexandra Pub) will be closed from 8pm due to a mobile phone company works on a mast. This means that Chatham bound 101 and 176 will divert via Pattens Lane and City Way in to Chatham.  Chatham Rail station will not be served. Maidstone bound buses will stay on normal  route but will not be stopping at Maidstone Rail Station. Please proceed to Chatham Waterfront Bus Station.

140, 141, 151, 191, 700 services will not serve Chatham Rail Station from 8pm.

Good Friday- Friday 30 March 2018

A Sunday service will operate with the following changes:-

  • Service 132- A Sunday timetable will run with extra early journeys
  • Services 140/141- A Sunday timetable will run except the 0846 Earl Estate to Chatham will run 20 minutes earlier
  • Service 166- Sunday timetable with extra early/late journeys to connect with the 700.
  • Services 176/177- Sunday timetable with extra AM journeys
  • Service 700- Sunday timetable with extra early/late journeys

Easter Saturday- Saturday 31 March 2018

Normal Saturday timetable will operate.

Easter Sunday- Sunday 1 April 2018

Normal Sunday timetable will operate.

Easter Monday- Monday 2 April 2018

A Sunday timetable will operate except

  • Service 166- A Sunday timetable with extra early/late journeys to connect with the 700.
  • Service 700- Sunday timetable with extra early/late journeys.

From February 5 - Luton Road/A2 Chatham Hill roadworks - delays to bus services

From 5 February for a period of up to 18 months major gas main replacement is being undertaken at the junction of A2 Chatham Hill, and Luton Road. Roadworks will then progress down Luton Road to Luton High Street in stages over the coming months. The works which are required to be undertaken by Southern Gas Networks by the Health and Safety Executive due ageing gas mains.

There will be traffic controlled signals which will monitored by the roadworks contractors every day from 0700 to 2100, but delays are expected on a number of services for the duration. Please allow extra time for your journey where possible.

Delays are expected on the following services:-

Chatham Hill Services 

  • 120 Chatham – Rainham – Otterham Park
  • 132 Chatham – Rainham – Hempstead Valley
  • 176 Walderslade – Weeds Wood – Maidstone Road – Chatham – Gillingham – Grange Road – Hazlemere Drive
  • 177 Walderslade – Weeds Wood – Luton – Chatham – Gillingham – Grange Road – Hazlemere Drive

Luton Road Services 

  • 113 Chatham – Hempstead Valley – Wigmore
  • 164 Chatham – White Road Estate
  • 166 Chatham – Lords Wood 169 Chatham – Princes Park – Walderslade
  • 177 Walderslade – Weeds Wood – Luton – Chatham – Gillingham – Grange Road – Hazlemere Drive
  • 179 Chatham – Churchill Avenue – Walderslade

Arriva and Medway Council apologise for the inconvenience caused by these essential works.

Please download Arriva poster regarding the roadworks

For information on all roadworks in Medway visit the roadworks section of our website.

Dementia Awareness

In 2015, Medway Council, the Medway Clinical Commissioning Group, and Alzheimer's Society  launched the Medway Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) - a new initiative to get local business pledging toDementia Friends logo make their services more dementia friendly.

As part of this initiative, all Medway Council staff have been on a Dementia Awareness course, including all bus station staff. We have also worked with bus companies to promote and assist in a better understanding of dementia. Arriva have themselves been involved in Dementia Roadshows and are giving training to drivers as part of their continuing development.

For more details on Medway Council's initiative with DAA see our Medway Dementia Action Alliance news story.

You can also find more information on Medway Demenita Action Alliance on the Dementia Action website.

For information on how Arriva is making bus travel easier for customers with disabilities please Arriva's  website. This includes obtaining assistance cards which can be shown to drivers to help explain hidden disabilities.

Bank holidays

Chatham Waterfront Bus Station is open whenever buses are running, but some routes will have a more limited service on bank holidays (GOV.UK). Contact the bus operator in the first instance.

Connected Kent and Medway Smartcard

The Connected Kent and Medway Smartcard is a new way to pay for travel on certain operators' buses instead of cash. Find out more and apply for a card.

Discovery Ticket

Find out about the new Discovery Bus Ticket which will give you and your family unlimited bus travel across Medway, Kent and the South of England.


Page updated 11 January 2018