An online petition has been set up to re-instate the 333 Bus service between Faversham and Sittingbourne once the public start to use public transport again after Lockdown III.
The petition has been set up by Labour Swale Borough Councillor for St Anne's Julian Sanders.
Arriva axed the 333 bus route between Faversham and Sittingbourne from Monday 4th January because, it claimed, it was being underused during the pandemic. If it is not re-instated communities along the A2 like Bapchild, Teynham, Norton and Ospringe will have fewer buses and at some stops none at all because the remaining buses take a different route. Cllr Saunders cites "more passengers using local buses to travel between these growing communities will help reduce congestion and pollution".
As one member of the public said on social media “Arriva should make this a temporary discontinuation, This service was well used before the pandemic and it is a very short-sighted move.The only reason it is not being used at the moment is due to the COVID restrictions and the Government’s request that public transport is only used as an absolute necessity. Another said "it is a crucial service for some school children and the elderly. I also use it to get to work at Faversham Hospital, but now I have to use the [Stagecoach] Canterbury service which leaves half hour earlier, meaning i have to set off for my shift 90 minutes before my start time".
If you wish to support the petition to get the service re-instated please visit: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/bring-back-the-333-bus.