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The 96 bus route, serving Bexleyheath and Dartford, step closer to running to Darent Valley Hospital

PUBLISHED: 11:43 04 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:43 04 July 2017

Darent Valley Hospital

Darent Valley Hospital

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The announcement was made this morning

An agreement for a Bexleyheath and Dartford bus route to use a Bluewater bus lane could pave the way for the passengers to arrive at Darent Valley Hospital, campaigners hope.

Bexley council has successfully lobbied Transport for London and Kent County Council for the 96 double-decker bus to use the Fastrack bus lane which links the shopping centre with the hospital.

Council leader Teresa O’Neill said: “We 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.

“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.”

TfL is hoping to extend the bus route, which currently runs from Bluewater, through Dartford and Bexleyheath to Woolwich, and is currently in talks with Stagecoach.

A consultation on the potential extension is expected to arrive by early next year.

We have approached KCC and Stagecoach for comment.

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