Shuttle bus service during essential water work at Chestfield
11 July 2017

People using bus services between Seasalter and Canterbury will get a helping hand this summer with South East Water and Stagecoach joining forces to fund a shuttle bus around essential roadworks that will block a busy road at Chestfield for five weeks.

Work starts on the £59,000 scheme to lay a 50 metre section of new water main in Chestfield Road on Monday 24 July, with the project expected to take until the end of August to complete.

That means the regular Number 5 bus route along Chestfield Road will not be able to operate along the normal route. The shuttle bus will allow Stagecoach to move passengers between Chestfield Road and the nearby Tesco store where it will meet the Number 5 buses heading in both directions just before their scheduled departure times.

“The road diversion via Thanet Way and South Street would have been too long for us to maintain the Number 5 schedule,” said Daniel Millis, Stagecoach Operations Manager for Canterbury and Herne Bay. “But by offering a shuttle and taking people to and from our service bus we can keep the schedule going.”

The shuttle will operate off-peak to serve all Number 5s from 08:59 Seasalter bound and 09:30 Canterbury bound though the first two Canterbury bound buses and the last Seasalter bus (19:15 from Canterbury Bus Station) will not be supported by the shuttle.

It will pick up at bus stops in Chestfield Road and the timetable for the shuttle bus will be displayed on every bus stop on Chestfield Road and is available online via the Stagecoach website.

Jeremy Dufour, Project Manager for South East Water, said: “We are very pleased to play our part in helping the community to keep moving while our essential work is being carried out. We know a lot of our customers in the Chestfield area rely on the buses every day.”