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Kent Karriers – another way to travel..

You have probably heard that the Saturday, Number 13 bus may soon stop operating within Hollingbourne.  Unfortunately, this service has lost its KCC subsidy funding, as have many other bus services in neighbouring villages.

Did you know that you may be eligible to an alternative service called the Kent Karrier, which could be able to help you out with travel?

Kent Karrier is a dial-a-ride service.  It will take you from your home to set locations, such as the nearest town centre or supermarket.  Group bookings, airport runs and a shopping service are also available.

All services are operated with wheelchair accessible vehicles and experienced drivers will give you all the help you need.

Cost

You must join the scheme to be able to use it.  Kent Karrier have suspended their normal £5 a year membership fee until further notice.

You will be charged a small fare for each journey.

Shopper buses

  • Urban areas: £2
  • Rural areas: £3.50

Dial a rides

  • Maidstone: £1.80 for the first 2 miles, plus 90p per additional mile
  • North West Kent: £2.80 for the first 2 miles plus 90p per additional mile
  • Sevenoaks: £2.80 for the first 2 miles plus 90p per additional mile

Concessionary fare passes are not valid for travel on Kent Karrier services.  Carers or companions can also travel.  They don’t need to be members but companions will need to pay the journey fare and carers can travel for free.

Eligibility

To be eligible to join, you need to meet one or more of the following:

  • have a medical condition that makes travelling on public transport difficult
  • live in a rural area more than 500 metres from a bus route or railway station
  • aged 85+.

Apply

The quickest and easiest way to apply is to use the Kent Karrier online application form.

Or you can apply by post:

  1. download the Kent Karrier application form (PDF, 224.5 KB)
  2. print and complete the application form
  3. post it back to us.

The address is Kent Karrier Membership, Public Transport, Kent County Council, PO Box 441, Aylesford, ME6 9HJ.

Link https://www.kent.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/4761/Kent-Karrier-membership-Form.pdf

Link https://kentcc-self.achieveservice.com/en/AchieveForms/?form_uri=sandbox-publish://AF-Process-a4f1c9e0-8268-45c3-a8e2-17fdf657f07c/AF-Stage-78846bf0-83e2-40e9-96a3-a1a476de2f2f/definition.json&redirectlink=%2Fen&cancelRedirectLink=%2Fen&consentMessage=yes

If you have any membership questions please e-mail kent.karrier@kent.gov.uk or call 03000 41 35 67 to speak with a member of the Kent Karrier team.

Book a Kent Karrier

The information leaflets by district show you a timetable for your area, where you can travel and who to contact to book a journey.

Information by district

The link to the KCC website is https://www.kent.gov.uk/roads-and-travel/travelling-around-kent/community-transport/kent-karrier