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Arriva Southern Counties
A Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer, a type common to Arriva Southern Counties.
Parent Arriva
Founded Various
Headquarters Invicta House
Service area London
West Sussex
East Sussex
Service type Bus
Routes 16 (London Buses)
99 (non-London Buses)
Total: 109
Stations Pentagon Bus Station, Sevenoaks Bus Station and Maidstone Chequers Bus Station
Fleet Over 700
Fuel type Diesel
Web site Arriva bus UK website
An Arriva Southern Counties Dennis Dart SLF Plaxton Pointer II in Sevenoaks bus station.

Arriva Southern Counties is a bus operator in London, Surrey, West Sussex, East Sussex, Kent and Essex in England. It is a regional division of Arriva.



The company was originally founded in 1986 when the National Bus Company sold Maidstone & District (M&D) to its management through a holding company called Einkorn. On 14 April 1995, Einkorn Ltd (with M&D, M&D Advertising and New Enterprise) was bought by the British Bus Group[1], which had bought Kentish Bus (one of the successor companies of London Country Bus Services) the year before and Londonlinks in 1988. British Bus renamed Einkorn Invictaway, and used it as the management services company for all three businesses. Invictaway was previously the name of the Maidstone & District commuter services to London, which were renamed Green Line at the same time.

In July 1996 British Bus was taken over by the Cowie Group, which was renamed Arriva on 1 January 1998. Invictaway was renamed Arriva Southern Counties on 2 April 1998, and Arriva transferred London & Country (also owned by British Bus) to it. The subsidiary operating companies therefore became:

  • Maidstone & District:
    • Mainly became Arriva Kent & Sussex
    • Medway area became Arriva Medway Towns
  • Kentish Bus:
    • Mainly became Arriva Kent Thameside
    • Partly became Arriva Kent & Sussex
  • London & Country:
    • Became Arriva Guildford & West Surrey
  • LondonLinks:
    • Became Arriva Croydon & North Surrey

Current operations in the Southern Counties area are:

Many reorganisations of Arriva operations in South East England have followed since, and today the company also controls Arriva Guildford & West Surrey, Arriva West Sussex, and Arriva Southend. The Croydon & North Surrey subsidiary was largely transferred to Arriva London.

Arriva Colchester was sold in August 2004 to Tellings-Golden Miller, although with Arriva's recent purchase of the Tellings operations, Colchester has now returned to the group. The coaching subsidiary, New Enterprise Coaches (Tonbridge), inherited from Maidstone & District, remains in operation.

The company offices have been based since its founding at "Invicta House" in Maidstone.


Arriva's bus routes are generally identified by a route number. Many of the routes serve Maidstone, the Medway Towns, or Tunbridge Wells. The routes include:

No. From To Via Notes
1 Handicapped/disabled access Shoeburyness, Renown Rayleigh rail station National Rail North Shoebury, Thorpe Bay, Bournes Green, Southchurch, Southend, Leigh, Hadleigh, Thundersley This route is operated with low-floor buses.
4 Handicapped/disabled access Southend Travel Centre Landwick Police Lodge Southchurch, Bournes Green, North Shoebury, Great Wakering The 4 does not run on Sundays as service 4A runs instead (see below).
4A Handicapped/disabled access Southend Travel Centre Landwick Police Lodge or Shoeburyness East Beach Southchurch, Bournes Green, Great Wakering The last journey Monday to Saturday, and all Sunday journeys, go to Shoeburyness East Beach as a 4A service instead of Landwick.
5 "Basildon direct" Handicapped/disabled access Southend Travel Centre Lakeside bus station Leigh-on-Sea, Hadleigh, Thundersley, New Thundersley, Pitsea, Basildon, Basildon Hospital, Chadwell St Mary, Grays, South Stifford, West Thurrock One bus every 30 minutes goes to Basildon bus station, whilst one bus every hour goes to Lakeside via Basildon. No service on Sundays.
5 Maidstone Sandhurst Linton, Staplehurst, Sissinghurst, Cranbrook, Hawkhurst This route previously continued from Hawkhurst to Battle and Hastings.
6 Maidstone Tunbridge Wells Paddock Wood, Pembury
6/7 Grain Hoo School Schooldays only.
6A Handicapped/disabled access Belfairs, Woodcutters Leigh rail station North Leigh Service operated during peak hours and Tuesdays only.
7 Handicapped/disabled access Shoeburyness, Renown Rayleigh rail station North Shoebury, Thorpe Bay, Southchurch, Southend, Prittlewell, Southend Hospital, Rochford, Golden Cross, Ashingdon, Hockley Runs past Shoeburyness Renown to Great Wakering Church and Little Wakering Corner on Mondays to Saturdays. Due to be operated by Low floor buses in August 2009.
7 Maidstone Tunbridge Wells Hadlow, Tonbridge
8 Handicapped/disabled access Downswood Maidstone Hospital Maidstone, Gatland Lane
8 Handicapped/disabled access Shoeburyness, Renown Rayleigh rail station North Shoebury, Thorpe Bay, Southchurch, Southend, Prittlewell, Southend Hospital, Rochford, Golden Cross, Hawkwell, Hockley Due to be operated by Low floor buses in August 2009.
8 Maidstone Hospital Downswood Barming, Fant, Maidstone, Madingford
9 Shoeburyness, East Beach Rayleigh rail station North Shoebury, Cambridge Town, Thorpe Esplanade, Southend, Prittlewell, Nobles Green, Eastwood
9 Maidstone Bearsted Vinters Park, Grove Green
9 Allhallows Hoo School Schooldays only.
10 Paglesham Eastend, Plough and Sail Pub Rayleigh High Street Canewdon, Ashingdon, Lower Hockley, Hullbridge Service runs on Wednesdays only. (Hail and ride throughout.)
10 High Halstow Hoo School Schooldays only.
11 Lower Stoke Hoo School Schooldays only.
12 Maidstone Tenterden Langley Heath, Sutton Valence, Headcorn, Biddenden Only Maidstone - Headcorn on Sundays.
13 "...the sutton shuttle..." Handicapped/disabled access Southend Travel Centre Temple Sutton, Cokefield Avenue Sutton Road Smaller Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer II single-decker low-floor buses are used on this service.
17 Maidstone Armstrong Road Forest Hill
17 Handicapped/disabled access Southend Travel Centre Eastwood, Tesco Cliffs Pavilion, Westcliff, Southend Hospital, Prittlewell Service runs on Thursdays only.
18 Handicapped/disabled access Eastwood Woodcutters Pub Eastwood Woodcutters Pub Stroud Green, Hawkwell, Hockley, Ashingdon, Golden Cross, Stroud Green Circular service, runs on Fridays only.
18 Palace Wood/Allington Grove Green Mid-Kent Shopping Centre, Maidstone Mondays to Fridays only.
19 Maidstone Bearsted Grove Green Mondays to Fridays only.
23 Maidstone Benover Tovil, East Farleigh, West Farleigh, Yalding
26 Maodstone Goudhurst Tovil, Hunton, Yalding, Laddingford, Collier Street, Marden
27 Maidstone Goudhurst Loose, Marden Positioning journeys for route 26.
28 Guildford Knsphill Stoughton, Worplesdon, Pirbright, Brookwood
29 "the twenty-nine" Handicapped/disabled access Southend Travel Centre Belfairs, Belgrave Road Prittlewell, North Leigh
33 Handicapped/disabled access Shoeburyness, Blackgate Road Southend, Fossets Park North Shoebury, Bournes Green, Southchurch Service runs on Mondays only.
34/35 Guildford Camberley Woking, Bagshot or Frimley
42 Guildford Cranleigh Godaling, Dunsfold
44 Guildford Cranleigh Godaling, Dunsfold, Plaistow
44 Lakeside bus station Grays bus station Uplands Estate, Garrison Estate, Purfleet, West Thurrock Service runs on Sundays only, weekday and Saturday service provided by Ensignbus. Operated under contract to Thurrock Council.
50 Horsham Cranleigh
59 Maidstone Grafty Green Boughton Monchelsea, Chart Sutton, Kingswood, Ulcombe Saturday service operated by Nu-Venture Coaches.
64 Madingford Cornwallis Academy Downswood, Loose Schooldays only.
66 Headcorn Cornwallis Academy Grafty Green, Kingswood, Chart Sutton, Boughton Monchelsea Schooldays only.
70 Borough Green Maidstone Wrotham Heath, West Malling, East Malling, Larkfield Schooldays only.
71 mainline Handicapped/disabled access Maidstone Lunsford Park/Leybourne Lakes/Snodland Allington, Larkfield
72 Maidstone Kings Hill Larkfield, West Malling
77 Tunbridge Wells National Rail Kings Hill Tonbridge, Hadlow On Sundays, route 77 extends to Maidstone and includes a modified route 72 service.
79 Penenden Heath shuttle Penenden Heath Maidstone
82 Maidstone Parkwood Some journeys operate to/from Maidstone Hospital. Some journeys operated by Nu-Venture Coaches.
84 Maidstone Senacre Wood Shepway
85 Maidstone Hospital Senacre Wood Maidstone, Shepway Some journeys operated by Nu-Venture Coaches.
89 Maidstone Coxheath/East Farleigh Loose Some journeys extended to/from Maidstone Hospital. Some journeys operated by Nu-Venture Coaches.
91 Woking Knaphill Goldsworth Park On Sundays extends over route of service 28 to Guildford and evenings to Pirbright.
100 Chatham Rail Station National Rail St. Mary's Island Dockside Outlet, Universities
101 (the 101)Handicapped/disabled access Maidstone Gillingham Chatham Extends to Twydall via 182 on Monday to Saturday Evenings and Sundays.
105 Chatham Davis Estate
113 Handicapped/disabled access Chatham Chatham Gillingham, Darland Estate, Wigmore, Hempstead, Luton
114 Handicapped/disabled access Chatham Chaatham Luton, Hempstead, Wigmore, Darland Estate, Gillingham
116 Handicapped/disabled access Chatham Hempstead Valley Gillingham, Wigmore, Parkwood
120 Handicapped/disabled access Chatham Rainham, Otterham Park Chatham Hill Mondays to Fridays only.
121 Handicapped/disabled access Chatham Rainham, Otterham Park Gillingham, Medway Maritime Hospital Mondays to Fridays only
132 Handicapped/disabled access Chatham Hempstead Valley Jezreels, Rainham Mark, Rainham, Parkwood
133 Handicapped/disabled access Cliffe Chatham Cliffe Woods, Strood, Rochester
136 Handicapped/disabled access Chatham Gravesend Rochester, Strood, Higham, Chalk Some peak and evening journeys start and finish at Medway Maritime Hospital.
140 Handicapped/disabled access Chatham Earl Estate Rochester, Strood, Marlowe Park
141 Handicapped/disabled access Dockside Outlet Marlowe Park Chatham, Rochester, Strood, Earl Estate
142 Handicapped/disabled access Chatham Blue Bell Hill Rochester
145 Handicapped/disabled access Chatham Warren Wood Rochester
147 Tunbridge Wells West Malling Southborough, Tonbridge, Hadlow, Mereworth, Kings Hill
150 Lakeside bus station Basildon bus station West Thurrock, South Stifford, Grays, Socketts Heath, Stifford Clays, Orsett Hospital, Stanford-le-Hope, Corringham Service runs on Sundays only. Operated under contract to Thurrock Council.
151 St Mary's Island Halling Chatham, Rochester, Strood Monday to Saturday evenings only
153 [ [Hadlow] ] [ [Hugh Christie Technology College] ]
155 Maidstone Chatham Aylesford, Wouldham, Rochester
164 Handicapped/disabled access Chatham White Road Estate
165 Chatham Princes Park  Luton
166 Handicapped/disabled access Chatham Lords Wood Luton
167 Chatham Lords Wood Luton, Princes Park Monday to Saturday evenings and Sundays only.
172/173 Chatham Earl Estate Rochester, Strood, Salters Cross
176 Handicapped/disabled access Lower Gillingham Walderslade Gillingham, Medway Maritime Hospital, Chatham, Weeds Wood Operates between Lower Gillingham and Chatham only and by Nu-Venture Coaches on Sundays.
181 Handicapped/disabled access Chatham Weeds Wood Luton, Wayfield Operated by Nu-Venture Coaches on Sundays and extended to Walderslade.
182 Handicapped/disabled access Chatham Twydall Brompton, Gillingham
184 Chatham Alexandra Hospital Weeds Wood, Walderslade Mondays to Fridays peak times only.
185 Handicapped/disabled access Chatham Princes Avenue Walderslade, Lords Wood Monday to Friday peak hours only.
191 Handicapped/disabled access Chatham Grain Rochester, Strood, Wainscott Hoo, High Halstow, Allhallows, Lower Stoke
193 Chatham Cliffe Rochester, Strood, Hoo, Cliffe Woods Sundays only.
196 Chatham Grain Dockside Outlet, Neptune Estate, Wainscott, Chattenden, Hoo, Allhallows, Lower Stoke Mondays to Fridays only.
200 Hildenborough Hildenborough Station National Rail Monday to Friday peak hours only. Operated by New Enterprise Coaches.
204 Tonbridge Underriver Hildenborough Saturday service only. On Mondays to Fridays operated by Autocar.
207 Horsmonden Tunbridge Wells, Bennett Memorial School Yalding, East Peckham, Paddock Wood, Tonbridge Schooldays only.
210 Tonbridge Charcott Hildenborough, Leigh Saturdays only. On Mondays to Fridays operated by Autocar.
211 Tonbridge, Cottage Hospital Barden Park Molescroft Way. Operated by New Enterprise Coaches.
218/219 Handicapped/disabled access Tonbridge National Rail Higham Wood Trench Wood, Willow Lea
220 Addington Tunbridge Wells, Culverden Down Ightham, Tonbridge Schooldays only
221 Vigo Tunbridge Wells, Culverden Down Ightham, Tonbridge Schooldays only
225 Knights Park Heathfield Tunbridge Wells, Eridge Green, Crowborough Cross, Mayfield 1 journey on Friday and Saturday nights only.
228 Handicapped/disabled access Tunbridge Wells Crowborough Showfields, Eridge Green, Boarshead, Crowborough Cross, Jarvis Brook (clockwise).
229 Handicapped/disabled access Tunbridge Wells Crowborough Showfields, Eridge Green, Boarshead, Crowborough Cross, Jarvis Brook (Anti-clockwise).
231/233/237 Tunbridge Wells Edenbridge Penshurst, Bough Beech
233 Handicapped/disabled access Swanley Eltham Sidcup Transport for London service.
234 Tunbridge Wells Edenbridge Fordcombe Green, Cowden Mondays to Fridays only. Other journeys operated by Kent County Council Passenger Services.
256 Noak Hill, Tees Drive Hornchurch, St. George's Hospital Harold Wood, Ardleigh Green Service operated under contract to Transport for London using buses from Grays garage.
257 Hawkenbury Tunbridge Wells, South Park Culverden Down School, Tunbridge Wells Boys Grammar School Schooldays only.
267 Hawkhurst Bennett Memorial School Benenden, Cranbrook, Goudhurst, Horsmonden, Tonbridge, Southborough School days only.
277 Tunbridge Wells Sherwood  Some Monday to Friday morning journeys extended to/from Knights Park.
281 (The Town Centre Bus Link) High Brooms Rusthall Town Centre
287 Tunbridge Wells Pembury Sherwood, North Farm, Knights Park
297 Goudhurst Tunbridge Wells Brenchley, Pembury 1 journey Mondays to Fridays only.
306/308 Bluewater Sevenoaks Gravesend, Meopham, Vigo, Borough Green On Sundays operates Bluewater to Vigo only.
333 Maidstone Oare Detling, Sittingbourne, Teynham, Faversham
334 Maidstone Sheerness Detling, Sittingbourne, Iwade, The Meads, Minster
336 Leysdown Maidstone Warden Bay, Eastchurch, Minster, Milton Regis Tuesdays and Fridays only.
337 Leysdown Lakeside  Warden Bay, Eastchurch, Minster, Milton Regis, Bluewater Certain Saturdays only.
338 Leysdown Chatham Warden Bay, Eastchurch, Minster, Milton Regis Mondays only.
339 Leysdown Hempstead Valley Warden Bay, Eastchurch, Minster, Milton Regis Thursdays only.
341/351 Sheerness Sittingbourne Minster, Iwade, Milton Regis
346 Upminster Station Upminster Park Estate, Waycross Road Cranham Service operated under contract to Transport for London using buses from Grays garage.
347 Handicapped/disabled access Sittingbourne Kemsley Milton Regis, Newman Drive
349 Sittingbourne Great Easthall Snipeshill, Murston
352 Rushenden Sheerness Queenborough Schooldays only.
360 Rushenden Minster  Queenborough, Halfway, Sheerness, Halfway
361 Sheerness Queensway
362 Rushenden Leysdown Queenborough, Halfway, Sheerness, Halfway, Sheppey Hospital, Minster, Eastchurch Operated by Kent Top Travel on Sundays.
365 Rushenden Sheerness Queenborough, Minster College, Halfway Schooldays only.
366 Leysdown Sheerness Eastchurch, Minster, Cheyne Middle School Schooldays only.
368 Leysdown Minster, St George's School Warden Bay, Eastchurch Schooldays only.
370 Lakeside bus station Romford rail station Chafford Hundred, South Ockendon, North Ockendon, Corbets Tay, Upminster, Hornchurch, Gidea Park Service operated under contract to Transport for London using buses from Grays garage.
375 Romford Passingford Bridge This is a London Buses route, contracted to Transport for London.
401 Handicapped/disabled access Sevenoaks Westerham Riverhead, Chipstead, Brasted School journey extended from Sevenoaks to Tonbridge, Weald of Kent School. Extended from Tunbridge Wells to Chartwell House on Sundays.
401 Hullbridge, The Anchor Pub Southend Travel Centre Rayleigh rail station, Thundersley Woodman's Arms Pub, SEEVIC College, Hadleigh Church School bus service, runs along part of route 1 once a day in the morning on college days only.
402 Belfairs School Bournes Green Leigh Elms, Westcliff Plough, Victoria Circus Queensway, Southchurch White Horse School bus service, runs along part of route 1 once a day in the afternoon on schooldays only.
402 Handicapped/disabled access Tunbridge Wells Bromley Tonbridge, Sevenoaks This route accepts TfL passes between Knockholt Pound and Bromley.
404 Edenbridge/Ide Hill Plaxtol Sevenoaks, Godden Green, Ivy Hatch, Shipbourne Mondays to Fridays only.
405 Handicapped/disabled access West Kingsdown Sevenoaks Otford Wednesdays only.
407 Greensward College, Hockley Shoeburyness, East Beach Ashingdon Schools, Golden Cross Post Office, Rochford East Street, Southend Airport Warners Bridge, Hobleythick Lane (for Southend Hospital), Civic Centre Victoria Avenue, Southend Travel Centre, Shoeburyness High School, Asda North Shoebury, Shoeburyness Renown School bus service, runs along part of route 7 once a day in the afternoon on schooldays only.
408 Thorpe Bay rail station Shoeburyness, East Beach Morning: Bournes Green, Southchurch White Horse, Woodgrange Drive Lifstan Way, Southend Travel Centre. Afternoon: Shoeburyness High School, Asda North Shoebury, Shoeburyness Renown School bus service, runs along part of route 7/8 once a day in the morning (first half) and afternoon (second half) on schooldays only.
414 Dartford Horton Kirby Wilmington, South Darenth School journey extended to Wilmington Hall School.
421 Sevenoaks Swanley Otford, Eynsford
423 Handicapped/disabled access Swanley New Ash Green Dartford, Fleet Estate, Longfield
424 Temple Hill Wilmington Hall School Dartford Schooldays only.
428 Handicapped/disabled access Bluewater Erith Dartford Transport for London service.
431 Otford Kemsing Dunton Green, Riverhead, Sevenoaks
432 Kemsing Otford Sevenoaks, Riverhead, Dunton Green
433 Bluewater New Ash Green Darent Valley Hospital, Longfield
452 Sevenoaks Chipstead Riverhead

Rail Link (Monday to Friday peak).

453 Dartford West Dartford Temple Hill
455 Dartford Valley Drive Greenhithe, Swanscombe, Northfleet, Gravesend
477 Handicapped/disabled access Bluewater Orpington Dartford, Wilmington, Swanley, Crockenhill This Route accepts TfL passes between Crockenhill, Crouch Farm and Orpington.
480 Handicapped/disabled access Valley Drive Dartford Denton, Gravesend, Northfleet, Swanscombe, Stone
485 Riverview Park  Wilmington Hall School Denton, Gravesend, Northfleet, Swanscombe, Horns Cross, Dartford, Dartford Heath Schooldays only.
489 Gravesend New Ash Green Pepper Hill, Longfield
490 Handicapped/disabled access Valley Drive Fleet Estate Denton, Gravesend, Northfleet, Swanscombe, Bluewater, Darent Valley Hospital Peak journeys extended to Dartford.
492 Handicapped/disabled access Bluewater Sidcup Dartford Transport for LOndon service.
495 Handicapped/disabled access Pepper Hill Kings Farm Painters Ash, Coldharbour, Perry Hill, Gravesend, Christianfields
497 Dartford Swan Valley Community School/St. George's School Stone, Horne Cross, Swanscombe Schooldays only.
498 Bluewater Kings Farm Waterdales, Perry Hill, Gravesend, Christianfields
499 Handicapped/disabled access Bluewater Riverview Park  Coldharbour, Perry Street, Gravesend, Denton
499 Gallows Corner, Tesco Rush Green, Dagenham Road Harold Hill, Noak Hill, Romford, Becontree Heath Service operated under contract to Transport for London using buses from Grays garage.
501 Handicapped/disabled access Maidstone London Road  Park and Ride. Monday to Friday peak hours only.
502 Riverhead Culverden Down School Sevenoaks, Tonbridge, Southborough Schooldays only.
503 Handicapped/disabled access Maidstone Willington Street Park and Ride.
505 Maidstone Maidstone Market Tuesdays only. Maidstone Market Free Bus.
506 Handicapped/disabled access Maidstone Sittingbourne Road Park and Ride.
522 Seal Tonbridge, Weald of Kent School Greatness, Sevenoaks Schooldays only.
532 Kemsing Tonbridge, Weald of Kent School Sevenoaks Schooldays only.
544 Sevenoaks Hugh Christie Technology School Schooldays only.
562 Dunton Green Weald of Kent School Riverhead, Sevenoaks, Hildenborough, Tonbridge Schooldays only.
570 Wrotham Maidstone Borough Green, Wrotham Heath, West Malling, East Malling, Larkfield Schooldays only.
571 Oakwood Park Schools Snodland British Legion Village, Larkfield, Lunsford Park Schooldays only (2 afternoon journeys).
572 Hildenborough Tonbridge (morning)/Weald of Kent School (afternoon return) Brook Street Schooldays only.
572 Kings Hill Maidstone Boys Grammar School West Malling, Larkfield, Aylesford, Allington, Maidstone Town Centre Schooldays only (mornings only).
573 Kings Hill Invicta Grammar School West Malling, Larkfield, Aylesford, Allington, Maidstone Town Centre Schooldays only.
575 Snodland/Kings Hill Maidstone/Maidstone Grammar School Lunsford Park, Larkfield, Maidstone Hospital, Barming, Oakwood Park Schools Schooldays Only (4 morning journeys, 1 afternoon journey).
576 West Malling (morning)/Kings Hill (afternoon) Vinters Park, Invicta Girls Grammar School/Maidstone Leybourne, Larkfield, Aylesford, Allington, Maidstone Schooldays only.
582 Tubridge Wells Hugh Christie School
615 Higham Lane Southborough, Cross Keys Schools Willow Lea, Tonbridge Schooldays only.
632 Hempstead Valley Hoo Marina Parkwood, Rainham, Chatham, Strood, Wainscott Schoolday mornings only.
633 Cliffe Rochester Grammar Schools Cliffe Woods, Strood, Rochester Schooldays only.
638 Borstal Thomas Aveling School Schooldays only.
647 Iwade Sittingbourne Community College Milton Regis, Chalkwell, Sittingbourne, Snipeshill Schooldays only.
653 Halling Rochester and Chatham Schools Cuxton Schooldays only.
657 Gillingham Rochester Schools Parkwood, Hempstead Valley, Lords Wood Schooldays only.
658 Lords Wood Rochester Schools Princes Avenue Schooldays only.
659 Wigmore, Queens Head Rochester Schools Parkwood, Hempstead Valley, Luton, Princes Park Schooldays only.
660 Walderslade Rochester Schools Lords Wood Schooldays only.
661 Rochester Grammer School Walderslade Village Schooldays only.
668 Chalk Rochester Grammar Schools Shorne, Higham, Strood, Rochester Schooldays only.
670 Strood Thomas Aveling School Earl Estate, Strood, Rochester Grammar School Schooldays only.
675 Lords Wood Chatham Princes Avenue Schooldays only.
676 Chatham Lords Wood Weeds Wood, Walderslade Schoolday afternoons only.
689 Chatham Hoo School Rochester, Strood Schooldays only.
692 Lower Stoke Rochester Schools Allhallows, Hoo, Strood Schooldays only.
700 Handicapped/disabled access Rainham Bluewater Parkwood, Wigmore, Chatham, Rochester, Strood, Earl Estate
701 Handicapped/disabled access Luton Bluewater Wayfield, Lords Wood, Princes Park, Chatham, Rochester, Strood, Earl Estate
703 Maidstone Bluewater Lunsford Park, Snodland
704 Tunbridge Wells National Rail Tonbridge National Rail Southborough Tuesdays and Thursdays only.
705 Tonbridge, Rail Station National Rail Bluewater Sevenoaks Tuesdays and Thursdays only.
707 Coxheath Romford Market Loose, Park Wood, Maidstone, Larkfield, Snodland, Lakeside Shopping Centre First Saturday of month only.
711 Hempstead Romford Parkwood, Rainham, Twydall, Gillingham, Chatham, Rochester, Strood, Earl Estate, Lakeside Shopping Centre First and third Saturday of each month only.
796 Chatham Grain Dockside Outlet, High Halstow, Allhallows Mondays to Fridays only.
A Fastrack Handicapped/disabled access Dartford Bluewater Joyce Green, The Bridge, Crossways, Greenhithe
B Fastrack Handicapped/disabled access Dartford, Temple Hill Gravesend, Garrick Street Darent Valley Hospital, Bluewater, Ebbsfleet National Rail

Operation Overdrive

The Medway Towns network was upgraded in a £10 million investment marketed as Operation Overdrive.

Maidstone Park & Ride

Arriva also operates Maidstone Park & Ride under contract to Maidstone Borough Council. The buses are yellow with a green stripe swooping down from the top of the back of the bus to the bottom of the front. The fleet comprises two DAF SB120 10.8m/Wright Cadets and 9 DAF SB200 11.8m/Wright Commanders. In September 2007 the Coombe Quarry Park & Ride site (route 504) was closed due to apparent budget difficulties. As a result, some of the buses were absorbed into the main fleet. This leaves no Park & Ride service for South Maidstone for at least 4 years.


The Fastrack logo

Arriva Southern Counties operate the Fastrack busway scheme in the Thames Gateway area of Kent on behalf of the Kent County Council and ProLogis. This network currently consists of two routes: Route A runs between Dartford and the Bluewater Shopping Centre, while Route B runs from Temple Hill near Dartford to Gravesend via Dartford. Since November 2007, Route B has connected with Eurostar at the new Ebbsfleet International railway station, and Eurostar passengers are allowed to use the route for free.[2] On February 11, 2008, Arriva started a new "m-tickets" scheme, where passengers are able to pay for bus tickets using their mobile phones. Initially, this will only be available on Route B, but if successful could be extended to other Fastrack routes and possibly even conventional Arriva bus routes.[3]


The main corporate Arriva livery is aquamarine for the body, with a cream "swoop" at the front and a white separator line in between, blue Arriva “circles” logos, and a thin yellow line at skirt level. There are many variations of the livery, such as:

  • Interurban livery – Aquamarine, with dark blue band to skirt level and cream “cow-horns” (a thined version of the champagne "swoop").
  • London livery - The original London livery was red, with champagne “cow-horns” as in the interurban livery, orange Arriva “circles” logo and a thin yellow line at skirt level. The new London livery is completely red, with the thin yellow line at skirt level and the Arriva “circles” in plain white.
  • Bluewater livery - No longer used, the Bluewater livery was allover blue, with a water shimmer effect. The services using this livery were replaced by Fastrack in 2006.

As well as this, many vehicles operating under different schemes run in different liveries, for example Fastrack and Maidstone Park and Ride.


The locations of Arriva Southern Counties's depots and the divisions which operate them are:

Former depots of Arriva Southern Counties were:

  • Gatwick (Copthorne) - easyBus (New Enterprise Coaches) (closed 5 December 2009)
  • Hawkhurst - Arriva Kent & Sussex (closed on 17 February 2008)
  • Horsham - Arriva Guildford & West Surrey (closed on 2 October 2009, operations sold to Metrobus)
  • Sittingbourne - Arriva Medway Towns (closed on 2 July 2006)
  • Tenterden - Arriva Kent & Sussex (closed on 9 May 2009)

Dartford and Grays garages are the only Arriva Southern Counties depots which do not have commercial services and only handle services contracted by TfL. Therefore, all the buses in the Dartford and Grays fleets have the London red Arriva livery rather than the traditional cream and aquamarine livery Arriva uses elsewhere in the United Kingdom and other countries.

Commercial routes previously operated from Dartford depot before the change to all TfL services are now operated from the closest depot at Northfleet. Grays depot switched to all TfL services after Arriva Southend withdrew both commercial routes 373 and 383 in the Grays area, partially replacing them by extending service 5 from Southend-on-Sea. Services 44 and 150, the remaining services in the Grays area, are operated under contract to Thurrock Council. The buses used for these routes were transferred to the closest garage at Southend, where they are now run from.

Dartford garage currently handles TfL routes 126, 160, 162, 233, 286, 428, 492, B12, B13 and B15. Grays garage currently handles TfL routes 256, 346, 370, 375 and 499.


There are over 700 vehicles in the Southern Counties fleet. The non low-floor buses are gradually being withdrawn from service. Below is a list of some of the most interesting vehicles, and sole survivors from previous fleets:

  • 1450 (GX55 LNF) Optare Solo M920 9.2m (Horsham depot) is a hybrid bus.
  • 1455 (YN53 ELU) Optare Solo M850 8.5m (Tunbridge Wells depot) is used for ESCC route 256.
  • 3018 (M520 KPA) Dennis Lance SLF 11SDA / Wright Pathfinder 320 (Tunbridge Wells depot) is the only remaining ex-London & Country Lance SLF in the Southern Counties fleet.
  • 3045 (F45 ENF) Leyland Lynx LX112L10ZR1R (Tunbridge Wells depot) is the only remaining Lynx, as 3041/3/49/65 (E885/7 KYW, H256 YLG & G45 VME) have all been transferred to the training fleet.
  • 3384 (M274 JPA) Dennis Lance SLF 11SDA / Wright Pathfinder 320 (Tunbridge Wells depot) is the only remaining ex-Southend Transport Lance SLF in the Southern Counties fleet. 3379 suffered severe fire damage.
  • 3730 (LF02 PVA) Volvo B7L / Wrightbus Eclipse (Guildford depot) was the Arriva "Bus of the Future". It was transferred to Arriva Shires & Essex after a short spell at Northfleet depot.
Double-deck, low-floor
Chassis Number Body type
DAF DB250LF 7 Wright Pulsar Gemini
Alexander Dennis Enviro400 8 Alexander Dennis Enviro400
Dennis Trident 2 7 Alexander ALX400 (10.5m)
DAF DB250LF 13 Alexander ALX400 (10.2m)
VDL DB250 4 East Lancs Myllennium Lowlander
Volvo B7TL 48 TransBus ALX400 (10.6m)
Double-deck, step-entry
Chassis Number Body type
Leyland Olympian 3 Alexander RL
Dennis Dominator 3 East Lancs Pyoneer
Leyland Olympian 4 Leyland 
Volvo Olympian 7 Northern Counties Palatine II
Leyland Olympian 12 Northern Counties Palatine
Volvo Olympian 28 Northern Counties Palatine
DAF DB250 3 Northern Counties Palatine II
Volvo Citybus B10M-50 12 Northern Counties Palatine
Single-deck, low-floor
Arriva Kent and Sussex 3176, (P176 LKL), a Dennis Dart SLF Plaxton Pointer SPD, in Maidstone Transport Centenary livery
Chassis Number Body type
Dennis Dart SLF 139 Plaxton Pointer
Dennis Dart SLF 54 Plaxton Pointer 2
Dennis Dart SLF 6 Plaxton Pointer SPD
Dennis Dart SLF 10 East Lancs Spryte
DAF SB120 49 Wright Cadet
VDL SB120 6 Wright Cadet
VDL SB200 9 Wright Commander
VDL SB200 12 Wright Pulsar
DAF SB220 9 Plaxton Prestige
Scania L113CRL 10 Wright Axcess-Ultralow
Volvo B7RLE 31 Wright Eclipse Urban
Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro Integral 3 (Integral)
Dennis Lance SLF 2 Wright Pathfinder 320
Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart 83 ADL Enviro200Dart
Single-deck, step-entry
Chassis Number Body type
Dennis Dart 8 Plaxton Pointer
Dennis Dart 6 East Lancs EL2000
Dennis Dart 2 Northern Counties Paladin
Dennis Lance 5 East Lancs EL2000
Volvo B6 7 Plaxton Pointer
Midibuses/ Low-floor
Chassis Count Body types
Optare Solo 1 Optare Solo
Optare Solo SR 6 Optare Solo SR
Dennis Dart SLF (8.8m) 5 Plaxton Pointer MPD
TransBus Dart SLF (8.8m) 12 TransBus Pointer MPD
Alexander Dennis Dart SLF (8.8m) 19 Alexander Dennis Pointer MPD
Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart (8.9m) 13 ADL Enviro200Dart
Midibuses, Front-engined
Chassis Number Body type
Mercedes-Benz Vario 9 Plaxton Beaver 2
Mercedes-Benz 515CDI 15 Optare Soroco
Mercedes-Benz 711D/811D 1 Plaxton Beaver
Optare MetroRider MR15/17 4 Optare
A New Enterprise Coaches coach, 2054 (M54 AWW), a Scania K113CRB coach with a Van Hool Alizée HE-II body
Chassis Number Body type
DAF SB3000 1 Ikarus Blue Danube 320
DAF SB3000 1 Ikarus Blue Danube 350
DAF SB3000 7 Plaxton Prima Interurban
DAF SB3000 5 Van Hool Alizée T8
DAF SB3000 1 Van Hool Alizée T9
Transbus Javelin 1 Plaxton Profile
Volvo B10M-62 1 Caetano Enigma
Volvo B7R 2 Plaxton Profile

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