David Evennett MP has been advised by TfL today that progress is being made on the proposed diversion of the 96 bus service to directly serve Darent Valley Hospital.
Responding to Mr Evennett’s letter of 8 June, the Head of Surface Transport Communications & Engagement, Beverley Hall, said discussions were taking place on “the possibility of route 96 using the successful ‘Fastrack’ bus lane in order for the route to serve the hospital without either a negative impact on performance or a requirement for additional resources.”
“There are a number of technical and financial logistics which need to be addressed, and these will be explored at [a] forthcoming meeting. We are working to expedite this process and at present I am unable to give any definitive timescales on these discussions.”
Evennett renews calls for 96 diversion
Story from 8 June 2011
David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has written to Transport for London again regarding proposals to divert the 96 bus route so that it calls directly at Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford (8 June).
At present, the 96 does not call directly at the Hospital; the only direct service from the Borough to Darent Valley Hospital is the 428, which goes via Erith, Slade Green and Crayford. Mr Evennett said:
“Many of my constituents are currently disadvantaged by the lack of direct routes to Darent Valley Hospital from our area. This simple change would be of real benefit both patients and visitors. I hope that this can be resolved soon”.