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Changes to bus services

Bus service Information
703 As of 15 December the 703 service has stopped running. This is due to County Connect ceasing operations with immediate effect.



From 9 January 2017 there will be an amendment to Nu-Venture bus services 172, 173 and 175 which serve Chatham, Strood, Frindsbury Wainscott, and Lodge Hill.

The aim of the new timetable is to improve reliability, and punctuality to journeys across the whole service throughout the day..  

  • During off-peak periods on Mondays to Fridays, the new service pattern will continue to provide for hourly buses via Salters Cross/Rede Court Road (bus 172), hourly at Frindsbury (bus 175), half-hourly at Brompton Farm Road/Wainscott (buses 172/175) and hourly at Lodge Hill (bus 172 & 175 together with the existing ASD service 197 in the early morning and afternoon – this is unaffected).  This rearrangement gives both the 172 and 175 more running time in the Strood area, and - for the 172 - recovery time at the end of its route at Wainscott to ensure that buses can remain punctual.
  • Lodge Hill Chattenden will have 7 journeys to and from Lodge Hill Monday to Friday.  Saturdays will have 5 journeys in each direction with the 172 & 173.
  • Strood Watling Street will have 6 journeys into Chatham, and 5 journeys to Strood Monday to Friday, and Saturdays 5 into Chatham and 4 towards Strood with the 172.
  • Cooling Road will have 8 journeys to Chatham and 9 towards Liberty Park Monday to Friday, and 5 in each direction on Saturdays with the 175

The simplification of services will see the use of route numbers 174 and 192 disappear.

Please download the new timetable (109KB pdf file)

Timetable are available on our bus services page


As part of the government sponsored Thameslink Programme, Network Rail is rebuilding London Bridge mainline rail station to provide more space, improved connections to more destinations and more reliable services. The rail and tube station will remain open during the work.

Until 2018, there will be long and short term changes to train services as major track work takes place around London Bridge station. There will be enginnering work throughout this period that may affect your journey into and out of London, as well as around Kent, so check the Southeastern website.

For more details call their customer services team on 0345 322 7021 (calls are charged at a local rate and may be recorded) or Textphone 0800 783 4548 (for the hearing impaired)

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.


PlusBus is a discount price bus pass that you can buy with your train ticket at any National Rail station ticket office, or online. It can also be bought from self service machines at selected stations.

Within Medway PlusBus  gives you unlimited bus travel on Arriva and Nu-Venture around the whole area. There are no peak period restrictions, so you can hop-on and hop-off buses as much as you like all day.

For more details on Medway PlusBus please visit the PlusBus website.

Discovery Ticket

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