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The Quality Bus Partnership

The Quality Bus Partnership brings together Swale Borough Council, Kent County Council and commercial bus companies. The partnership aims to encourage people to use public transport and:

  • help people get around easily
  • reduce the effect of traffic congestion
  • contribute towards Swale’s economy by encouraging more visitors
  • help improve air quality in Swale

The partnership’s aims

The Quality Bus Partnership aims to:

  • develop high quality, accessible, transport services in Swale for both able-bodied and disabled users
  • monitor and report on the quality and reliability of bus services
  • regularly review the existing bus network
  • help to develop traffic management schemes, giving buses priority over other road traffic
  • improve bus stops and passenger waiting facilities, including accessibility
  • explore the ways technology can help make travel easier as well as reduce congestion and pollution
  • ensure the impact of new developments, including housing estates, provide support for the public transport network

Our successes

So far, we’ve improved the infrastructure, including branding, on several bus routes, including the 333 and 349 as well as the Sittingbourne Town Network. We’ve also introduced a forum to discuss local bus services and customer comments.

We’ve also:

  • increased the number of clearways at bus stops, reducing obstructions by other vehicles, improving bus services
  • invested half a million pounds in new busses on services 333 and 334 through our partnership with Arriva and Kent County Council
  • introduced a service to Eden Village, Sittingbourne, supported through developer funding
  • improved services for Thistle Hill in Minster, on the Isle of Sheppey, funded by developer’s Section 106 contributions