Hartley-Kent: Bus services (2023)

423 at Chantry Avenue (June 2006)

Double deck 423 at St John's Lane (June 2006)

1950s Guy Special bus at Hartley Court in 2004

Hollands Bus in Longfield and its later home in Guildford.

451 Bus

490A at Gravesend, 1952

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423 at Market Street, Dartford, 1950

The black and white photos are published with the kind permission of Alan Cross, and are copyright

There following bus services operate in or near Hartley. Click on route number for further details:







New Ash Green


Church Road

Arriva/Kent Top


New Ash Green


Church Road

Arriva/Kent Top


New Ash Green


Ash Road



New Ash Green

Sevenoaks Wildernesse School

Ash Road

Kent County Council


New Ash Green


Church Road

Lewis Travel


New Ash Green


Church Road

Clarkes of London




not via Hartley

Kent County Council

Contact addresses:

Telephone 0870 6082608 (7am - 9pm)

Mann's Travel (operator of buses on behalf of KCC)
3 Barrack Row, Gravesend DA11 0RT
(01474 358194)

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Kent County Council
Passenger Transport Unit, Gibson Drive, West Malling, Kent ME19 4QG
(08458 247247)

Clarkes of London
Kangley Bridge Road, Lower Sydenham, London SE26 5AT
(020 8778 6697)

Support for bus services
The Monday to Saturday daytime journeys on routes 423 and 489 are run commercially, but the other routes are subsidised by Kent County Council, who puts the service out to tender. As of January 2005 the running costs were:


Cost pa


Passengers (daily avg)


K14/K15 (Mon - Sat)





K14/K15 (Sun)





489 (5.10pm journey)










423/489 (Mon - Sat)





423/489 (Sun)





Source: Freedom of Information Request. Figures are for the year ended 7 December 2004.

Concessionary Fares
People aged 60 and over, or those with disabilities are entitled to apply for the Kent Countywide Bus Permit, which allows bus travel free of charge after 9am. If you live in Hartley or New Ash Green, you will need to apply to
Sevenoaks Council. Those living in Longfield need to contact Dartford Borough Council (the Dartford site is much more helpful about the exemptions that apply).

Bus Usage
In the Parish Plan survey, 17% of households use the bus at least monthly, 52% of households without a car use the bus, but only 6% of those who do.

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Scheduled bus services in Hartley have been around less than a century. Before then people would have to make their own way to Dartford and Gravesend. The local councillor in the early 20th century, George Day, used to walk to council meetings in Dartford from North Ash Farm. Those who did not own horses would have to walk to Dartford or Gravesend. With the coming of the railways many chose to walk to Longfield to catch the train to Gravesend.

Before buses the nearest equivalent was the local carrier. Interviewed in 1939 Mary Ann Packman of West Yoke said while there were small shops in West Yoke and Fawkham, "but when new clothes or boots were wanted it meant a 9 mile walk to Dartford or Gravesend. Later there was a carrier who went to Gravesend once a week to fetch parcels and papers and who carried passengers also. The first of these was Mr Stephen Hills, and he drove a donkey and cart (listed in 1891 census as living in South Ash). His successor was a lady, Miss Brooks, who drove a horse and van. The fare was 1 shilling (5p) return, so that travel was not as expensive as one might imagine. Mrs Packman remembered how excited she would be as a child when her mother dressed her in her Sunday best preparatory to setting out on a journey to that most delightful of places, a town" (Norris Willatt, Dartford Chronicle 1939).

When Charles Ellerby came to Hartley in 1912 he remembers another carrier, Mr Lovell, who went to Gravesend twice a week - "fourpence (1½p) I think it was for the privilege of a hard seat and packed with live poultry, wire-netting and roofing felt, dead rabbits and sacks of potatoes. Or Mr Lovell would take your shopping list and bring back the goods - overall charge of one penny per shop (I think)".

From the Hartley Census records, we find Henry Outred of Stocks Farm listed as a carrier in 1891, and Thomas Whiffin of Whiffins Cottage (now Orchard House), Church Road in 1901.

The earliest bus service was provided by Mr Hollands of Longfield, which was certainly running by 1923. The Dartford Chronicle of 27 November 1931 noted that locals were happy his "Grey Bus" had overcome opposition, because they remember he ran a bus service from Hartley to Longfield when the bigger companies weren't interested. The service was limited to one daily round trip leaving the Black Lion at 9.15 am and returning from Dartford at 12.30pm, with a couple of other buses running on certain days of the week. On Tuesdays and Saturdays the bus ran from Ash White Swan. Fares to Dartford were 1/3 (6p) from Ash and 1/- (5p) from Hartley. Mr Wells Thatcher in the parish magazine (Sept 1925) said Ronald Holland was a great favourite with passengers "but the chaff that flies about as he steers his way along the Ash Road makes it difficult for him to see ahead".

In 1925 competition came from Maidstone and District Buses who ran from Ash to Dartford (from 1 July 1925) and the Enterprise Bus which ran from Hartley Hill Cottage to Gravesend. All local services were taken over by the London Passenger Transport Board in 1934. They came to an agreement with Maidstone Bus which Gravesend services each should run. Initially this was not popular because the Longfield - Hartley fare rose from 2d to 3d (Dartford Chronicle 26.1.1934). The fare to Gravesend was 11d. 3d is the equivalent of about 60p today.

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LPTB introduced the route numbers we are familiar with today - the 423 (then from Longfield to Dartford) and the 489 from Gravesend to Ash and the 490A from Gravesend to Hartley Court - see September 1936 timetable.

Reorganisation in 1970 led to a new name appearing - London Country Buses, a subdivision of the National Bus Company. In the 1980s the government broke up the National Bus Company; London Country South East which had become Kentish Bus in April 1987, and was sold to the British Bus Company on 15 March 1988 (further info). British Bus was bought by Arriva (then called the Cowie Group) in 1996, who continue to operate most of the buses locally today.

The deregulation of the 1980s also allowed other operators to launch bus services. For a while Transcity Link of Sidcup ran buses on the 423 route, while in 1993 Red and Green coaches of Chislehurst ran a commuter bus (route 301) from Longfield to New Ash Green. Another company was Thames Weald (see article on the Independent Bus website) of West Kingsdown, who most ran services from Dartford to Essex, but also ran a school service from Hartley to Sevenoaks, and after deregulation they branched out into running additional evening commuter buses from Longfield to (as I recall) Hartley Social Club.

The routes themselves have undergone alterations over the years. For a short while the 423 and 489 were renumbered the 16 and 10 respectively. There have been experiments in routing the 489 via the Sainsburys in Pepper Hill and Waterdales in Northfleet, but it now runs on more or less its classic route. The 423 has undergone drastic changes, and now takes a most roundabout route to Dartford, via the Darent Valley Hospital, Bluewater and then via the Fleet Estate and Park Road. It now takes 50 minutes to get to Dartford, which is 6 miles by the shortest road route.

Fares have risen dramatically in recent years. In 1981 the fare from Longfield to Hartley was 36p. Now the single fare to Dartford and Gravesend from Hartley is now £2.60 and the fare to Longfield is £1.40.

Meopham Community Bus
This commenced between Meopham and Longfield on 25 February 1983, following the withdrawal of Maidstone and District's 311 route to Longfield. Low usage led to the route being curtailed at Longfield Hill in 1986. The route returned to Longfield in 1993, when Barclays Bank closed in Meopham, helped by a donation of £50 from Waitrose, where the bus turned round. A Sunday service to New Ash Green market in 1988 was unsuccessful, and survey evidence found that a Hodsoll Street - New Ash Green service would not be used, so that idea was dropped.

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For more information see: James Carley "The Meopham Community Bus" (Meopham, 1999)


Where does the 423 bus go? ›

The 423 bus (Heathrow Terminal 5) has 32 stops departing from School Road (C) and ending in Heathrow Terminal 5 (1). 423 bus timetable overview: Normally starts operating at 00:07 and ends at 23:36. Normal operating days: everyday.

Which Kent bus routes are being cut? ›

001 Farleigh Peter's Village to Malling School Service withdrawn Jul-22 Nu-Venture services 529 and 549 will replace the Farleigh Coaches 001 service from September. 11 Stagecoach Canterbury to Westwood Service withdrawal August 2022 School journeys and one return in the off peak will now be retained.

Are busses running in Kent? ›

Bus use in Kent, as with rest of the UK, has only partially recovered since the pandemic. Local use of buses is around 80% of pre-pandemic levels, with off-peak use being much less than this.

Is 423 a TFL Bus? ›

423 Bus timetable - Transport for London.

Is the 432 bus 24 hours? ›

432 bus timetable overview: Normally starts operating at 00:00 and ends at 23:45. Normal operating days: everyday.

Can I use my Kent bus Pass in London? ›

No. In London, the Freedom Pass is an Oyster smartcard that uses a different technology to the one elsewhere in England, so you will need to show your pass.

What is the life expectancy in Kent? ›

In Kent, males have a life expectancy of 79.6 years and females have a life expectancy of 83.3 years.

Can I use my Oyster card on Kent buses? ›

Oyster card Pay As You Go

They can be used on all National Rail services in London as well as all services operated by Transport for London, TfL, i.e. bus, tube, tram and DLR.

Can you pay by card on buses in Kent? ›

To help you travel with confidence, we're doing all we can for the safety and wellbeing of our customers and employees. That's why we're encouraging all customers to pay with contactless payment where possible. You can pay by contactless with your card or device on all our buses.

Do you have to pay to use busses in Kent? ›


Including daily, weekly and monthly tickets! You can check the ticket options for your particular journey using our ticket finder here. Although we accept cash payment, we are encouraging the use of contactless payment methods: Buy a monthly ticket on our website.

Is Arriva still on strike? ›

Following what Unite is calling an "eleventh hour" improved offer from Arriva, the strikes have been suspended.

Can you use Oyster on 555 bus? ›

Additional Information: London Travelcards and Oyster cards are not valid on this service.

Where does the EL2 bus go? ›

The EL2 bus (Becontree Heath) has 34 stops departing from Dagenham Dock Terminus (EL) and ending in Becontree Heath Leisure Centre (G). EL2 bus timetable overview: Normally starts operating at 00:05 and ends at 23:50. Normal operating days: everyday.

Can I use my Oyster card on the 465 bus? ›

You can use Oyster Plus to travel to Surbiton (after 09.30 Monday-Friday), also Thames Ditton and Hampton Court, but not Hinchley Wood. The card is valid on Transport for London bus services in the Surbiton area, including the K3 and 465 which run out into Surrey. They are not valid on Abellio Surrey buses.

How often does the 453 bus run? ›

453 bus operates 24 hours, 7 days a week.
453 bus Timetable.
DayOperating HoursFrequency
Thu24 hours6 min
Fri24 hours6 min
Sat24 hours7 min
Sun24 hours10 min
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Does 297 bus run 24 hours? ›

297 bus operates 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Does the 285 bus run all night? ›

285 bus timetable overview: Normally starts operating at 00:10 and ends at 23:50.

Can I travel anywhere in the UK with my bus pass? ›

Where can I use my bus pass? Your bus pass is valid for use on all registered Bus services within England, so if you are visiting other places you should be able to use your pass. It is not valid in Wales* or Scotland.

Do Over 60s travel free in London? ›

If you live in London, you can travel free on buses, tubes and other transport when you're 60, but only within London. In Wales you can get a bus pass when you reach 60. Enter your postcode to: apply for a bus pass from your local council.

Can I use my OAP bus pass on National Express? ›

It's not valid for journeys within Scotland or Wales. Free travel is not available on tourist buses or coach services like megabus.com and National Express.

Where do the rich live in Kent? ›

Orpington's Beech Dell, where homes fetched an average of £3.5million, is Kent's most expensive street, while Parkfield in Sevenoaks, where houses fetched £3.4million, was the county's second most expensive road.

Where do rich people live in Kent? ›

  • Dartford. Farningham Hill Road, Farningham, Dartford DA4. ...
  • Sevenoaks. Phillippines Shaw, Ide Hill, Sevenoaks TN14. ...
  • Ashford. The Grove, Pluckley, Ashford TN27. ...
  • Thanet. Thanet Place Gardens, Broadstairs CT10. ...
  • Tunbridge Wells. Calverley Park, Tunbridge Wells TN1. ...
  • Medway. Boley Hill, Rochester ME1. ...
  • Gravesham. ...
  • Canterbury.
16 Jan 2021

Which is the best part of Kent to live? ›

Where are the Best Places to Live in Kent? Sevenoaks in Kent has topped this year's Times' best places to live in south east England listing. The coastal town of Deal makes it into the top five too.

Are buses free with Oyster card? ›

If you have a 16+ Zip Oyster photocard and live in London, you get free travel on buses and trams. If you live outside London, you get 50% off adult fares.

How far out of London can I use Oyster? ›

Here is a rail and tube map for Oyster use. No. Oyster cards are only useable within the TFL zones and down to Gatwick. No Oyster Card is a London specific product and can only be used on National Rail services in the Greater London area plus a few specific routes outside.

Are buses cheaper with Oyster? ›

The Oyster Card is a magnetic rechargeable plastic card valid for all of London's public transport. It not only simplifies the payment system, but it is also cheaper than paying for a single journey ticket every time you ride the Underground, bus, DLR or Overground.

Can I pay my bus fare with a debit card? ›

Contactless is a quick and secure way to pay for your ticket using a credit or debit card without needing to enter your PIN.

Can I use debit card for bus? ›

Commuters may use any of the following options directly for public transport fare payment: Contactless bank card (Mastercard, NETS Tap, Visa) or mobile wallet#, or.

Can I tap my phone on the bus? ›

Yes, You Can Tap Your Phone or Watch To Pay!

No problem! Use the credit card on your phone or watch for a convenient way to pay your fare. Make your payment through the credit cards that you've added to the mobile wallet on your phone or watch.

Can you still pay with cash on a bus in the UK? ›

You can pay on the bus with cash, contactless or a debit or credit card.

What can a Kent card be used for? ›

The Kent Card is a CHIP and PIN prepaid card. The direct payment is loaded onto your Kent Card. You manage this money and use it to purchase your support. You can use the card on the internet, the telephone or face to face.

What times can I use my bus pass in Kent? ›

Free off-peak travel on local bus services across England, between 9:30am and 11:00pm, Monday to Friday and all day at weekends and public holidays. Find out more about how you can use your pass.

Who took over Arriva? ›

Arriva was taken over in 2010 by Deutsche Bahn, the German state-owned rail and transport company. It is a multinational transport company, with its headquarters in Sunderland and was established in the 1930s. It is divided into three main components - mainland Europe, UK Trains and UK Bus.

What dates are the Arriva bus strikes? ›

Updated: 22nd October 2022

Furthermore, it has also been agreed that planned industrial action across Northfleet, Gillingham, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells will be suspended on Monday 24th, Tuesday 25th, Wednesday 26th & Thursday 27th October and all parties will now work together to progress the pay offer.

Who has bought Arriva? ›

Revenue€5.35 billion (December 2017)
Operating income€569 million (December 2017)
OwnerDeutsche Bahn
Number of employees61,845 (September 2018)
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Where does the 432 stop in Liverpool? ›

432 (Arriva North West)

The first stop of the 432 bus route is Morrisons (Stop A) and the last stop is Castle Street.

What number Bus goes to Blackrock? ›

These Bus lines stop near Blackrock: 4, 7, 7A.

What Bus goes to Amazon in Euclid? ›

The 31 is the first Bus that goes to Amazon Fulfillment Center - CLE3 in Euclid.

What number Bus goes to Kingsbridge? ›

The 160 bus (Kingsbridge) is a circular line with 19 stops departing from Bus Station, Kingsbridge. 160 bus timetable overview: Normally starts operating at 08:35 and ends at 14:00.

Where does the x1 stop in Liverpool? ›

Liverpool ONE Bus Station, St James Street (Hardy Street), Park Road (High Park Street), Aigburth (Lark Lane), Aigburth Road (Aigburth Vale), Aigburth Road (Chequers Road), St Mary's Road (Whitehedge Road), Speke Road (Mersey Retail Park), Speke Boulevard (Speke Hall Avenue), Speke Boulevard (Woodend Avenue), Runcorn ...

Where does the 41C stop? ›

41C (Dublin Bus)

The first stop of the 41C bus route is Berwick Walk, Stop 4843 and the last stop is Irish Life Mall. 41C (Abbeyvale Brackenstown Road - Marlborough Street) is operational during everyday.

How long does it take to get to New Brighton from Liverpool on the bus? ›

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Liverpool, The Metquarter and arriving at New Brighton, Cressingham Road. Services depart every 20 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 28 min.

Where does X25 Bus go? ›

X25 (RTA) The first stop of the X25 bus route is Dubai Outsourcing, Royal Bank Of Scotland - 02 and the last stop is Al Karama Bus Station - 02. X25 (Al Karama Bus Station) is operational during everyday. Additional information: X25 has 24 stops and the total trip duration for this route is approximately 45 minutes.

Where does the W8 Bus stop? ›

The first stop of the W8 bus route is Chase Farm Hospital / Main Entrance and the last stop is Picketts Lock Centre (E). W8 (Lee Valley Leisure Complex) is operational during everyday.

Where does the NX bus go? ›

NX (Bus Éireann)

The first stop of the NX bus route is Blackwater Abbey Stop 111071 and the last stop is Wilton Terrace Stop 135411. NX (Blackwater Abbey - Wilton Terrace) is operational during everyday. Additional information: NX has 18 stops and the total trip duration for this route is approximately 87 minutes.

How often does the 41c Bus run? ›

41C bus Schedule
DayOperating HoursFrequency
Wed7:00 AM - 10:45 PM20 min
Thu7:00 AM - 10:45 PM20 min
Fri7:00 AM - 10:45 PM20 min
Sat6:15 AM - 10:45 PM20 min
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Does Amazon have shuttles to work? ›

Amazon offers various transport options. Check out the routes below and find out more during our Interview Days. Amazon offers various transport options.

Can you buy Bus tickets on Amazon? ›

How do I book my bus ticket on Amazon? Go to Amazon Pay dashboard and click bus tickets booking option.

Where does the P13 bus go? ›

The P13 bus (New Cross Gate) has 49 stops departing from Streatham Station (SF) and ending in New Cross Sainsbury's. P13 bus timetable overview: Normally starts operating at 05:55 and ends at 23:05.

Where does the 76a Bus go? ›

76 - Tallaght to Chapelizod | Go Ahead Ireland.

Where does the 75A go? ›

The 75A bus (The Square Tallaght, Stop 4342‎→Dun Laoghaire Stn, Stop 2039) has 91 stops departing from The Square Tallaght, Stop 4342 and ending in Dun Laoghaire Stn, Stop 2039. 75A bus time schedule overview for the upcoming week: Starts operating at 6:00 AM and ends at 7:00 AM. Operating days this week: weekdays.


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