New agreement clears way for number 96 to run to Darent Valley Hospital.

Residents living in the London Borough of Bexley look set to be able to travel by bus direct to Darent Valley Hospital after the Conservative run Bexley Council successfully lobbied Transport for London and Kent County Council to enable the number 96 bus route to use a section of the Fastrack bus Lane between Dartford and Bluewater.

The agreement means that the number 96 bus will be able to serve Darent Valley Hospital, which is used by patients from Bexley.

The announcement comes at the start of National Catch The Bus Week (3 July 2017) and the Conservative Leader of Bexley Council, Councillor Teresa O’Neil OBE, said:

“This is fantastic news for Bexley’s residents and a great way to celebrate National Catch The Bus Week.

Conservatives in Bexley have campaigned hard for the number 96 to stop at Darent Valley Hospital and this agreement paves the way for this to happen.”

Discussions will now take place with the bus operator Stagecoach and the Council will be working to secure a service to the Hospital as soon as possible.

Cllr O’Neill added: “Thousands of people from Bexley rely on using services at the Hospital but patients and their families have had difficulties travelling there without a direct bus service. The introduction of a direct service to the Hospital will be welcomed.”

One thought on “New agreement clears way for number 96 to run to Darent Valley Hospital.

  1. I use the 96 from Woolwich Arsenal to get home. No other bus is suitable. The last 96 leaves Thomas Street / Greens End at 0015 – long before the last DLR & Southeastern trains come into Woolwich Arsenal. This makes it very difficult for me to get home from an evening out “up town” eg seeing a West End show. Getting buses to run until after the last trains is important. There are plenty other options to get to Darenth Valley from Dartford, but it is slightly more convenient for some so I won’t begrudge the diversion. I’ll have to allow more time going to Bluewater as my 96 won’t be express from Dartford any more!


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