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Arriva Southern Counties is a bus operator in Londonmarker, Surreymarker, West Sussexmarker, East Sussexmarker, Kentmarker and Essex in Englandmarker. 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, 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 Maidstonemarker.


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 Shoeburynessmarker, Renown Rayleigh rail stationmarker North Shoebury, Thorpe Baymarker, Bournes Green, Southchurchmarker, Southendmarker, Leighmarker, Hadleighmarker, Thundersleymarker This route is operated with low-floor buses.
4 Southend Travel Centre Landwick Police Lodge Southchurch, Bournes Green, North Shoebury, Great Wakeringmarker The 4 does not run on Sundays as service 4A runs instead (see below).
4A 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" Southend Travel Centre Lakesidemarker bus station Leigh-on-Sea, Hadleigh, Thundersley, New Thundersley, Pitseamarker, Basildonmarker, Basildon Hospital, Chadwell St Marymarker, Graysmarker, South Stiffordmarker, West Thurrockmarker 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 Maidstonemarker Sandhurstmarker Linton, Staplehurst, Sissinghurst, Cranbrook, Hawkhurst This route previously continued from Hawkhurst to Battle and Hastings.
6 Maidstonemarker Tunbridge Wellsmarker Paddock Wood, Pembury
6/7 Grain Hoo School Schooldays only.
6A Belfairs, Woodcutters Leigh rail stationmarker North Leigh Service operated during peak hours and Tuesdays only.
7 Shoeburyness, Renown Rayleigh rail station North Shoebury, Thorpe Bay, Southchurch, Southend, Prittlewellmarker, Southend Hospital, Rochfordmarker, Golden Cross, Ashingdonmarker, Hockleymarker Runs past Shoeburyness Renown to Great Wakering Church and Little Wakeringmarker Corner on Mondays to Saturdays. Due to be operated by Low floor buses in August 2009.
7 Maidstonemarker Tunbridge Wellsmarker Hadlow, Tonbridge
8 Downswoodmarker Maidstone Hospitalmarker Maidstone, Gatland Lane
8 Shoeburyness, Renown Rayleigh rail station North Shoebury, Thorpe Bay, Southchurch, Southend, Prittlewell, Southend Hospital, Rochford, Golden Cross, Hawkwellmarker, Hockley Due to be operated by Low floor buses in August 2009.
8 Maidstone Hospitalmarker Downswoodmarker Barmingmarker, Fant, Maidstone, Madingford
9 Shoeburyness, East Beach Rayleigh rail station North Shoebury, Cambridge Town, Thorpe Esplanade, Southend, Prittlewell, Nobles Green, Eastwoodmarker
9 Maidstonemarker Bearstedmarker Vinters Park, Grove Green
9 Allhallows Hoo School Schooldays only.
10 Pagleshammarker Eastend, Plough and Sail Pub Rayleigh High Street Canewdonmarker, Ashingdon, Lower Hockley, Hullbridgemarker Service runs on Wednesdays only. (Hail and ride throughout.)
10 High Halstowmarker Hoo School Schooldays only.
11 Lower Stokemarker Hoo School Schooldays only.
12 Maidstonemarker Tenterdenmarker Langley Heath, Sutton Valence, Headcorn, Biddenden Only Maidstone - Headcorn on Sundays.
13 "...the sutton shuttle..." 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 Maidstonemarker Armstrong Road Forest Hill
17 Southend Travel Centre Eastwood, Tesco Cliffs Pavilion, Westcliffmarker, Southend Hospital, Prittlewell Service runs on Thursdays only.
18 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 Greenmarker Mid-Kent Shopping Centre, Maidstone Mondays to Fridays only.
19 Maidstonemarker Bearstedmarker Grove Green Mondays to Fridays only.
23 Maidstonemarker Benovermarker Tovil, East Farleigh, West Farleigh, Yalding
26 Maodstone Goudhurstmarker Tovil, Hunton, Yalding, Laddingford, Collier Street, Marden
27 Maidstonemarker Goudhurstmarker Loose, Marden Positioning journeys for route 26.
28 Guildfordmarker Knsphill Stoughton, Worplesdon, Pirbright, Brookwood
29 "the twenty-nine" Southend Travel Centre Belfairs, Belgrave Road Prittlewell, North Leigh
33 Shoeburyness, Blackgate Road Southend, Fossets Park North Shoebury, Bournes Green, Southchurch Service runs on Mondays only.
34/35 Guildfordmarker Camberleymarker Woking, Bagshot or Frimley
42 Guildfordmarker Cranleighmarker Godaling, Dunsfold
44 Guildfordmarker Cranleighmarker 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 Horshammarker Cranleighmarker
59 Maidstonemarker Grafty Green Boughton Monchelsea, Chart Sutton, Kingswood, Ulcombe Saturday service operated by Nu-Venture Coaches.
64 Madingford Cornwallis Academy Downswood, Loose Schooldays only.
66 Headcornmarker Cornwallis Academy Grafty Green, Kingswood, Chart Sutton, Boughton Monchelsea Schooldays only.
70 Borough Greenmarker Maidstonemarker Wrotham Heath, West Malling, East Malling, Larkfield Schooldays only.
71 Maidstonemarker Lunsford Park/Leybourne Lakes/Snodland Allington, Larkfield
72 Maidstonemarker Kings Hillmarker Larkfield, West Malling
77 Tunbridge Wellsmarker Kings Hillmarker Tonbridge, Hadlow On Sundays, route 77 extends to Maidstone and includes a modified route 72 service.
79 Penenden Heathmarker Maidstonemarker
82 Maidstonemarker Park Wood Some journeys operate to/from Maidstone Hospital. Some journeys operated by Nu-Venture Coaches.
84 Maidstonemarker Senacre Wood Shepway
85 Maidstone Hospitalmarker Senacre Wood Maidstone, Shepway Some journeys operated by Nu-Venture Coaches.
89 Maidstonemarker Coxheath/East Farleigh Loose Some journeys extended to/from Maidstone Hospital. Some journeys operated by Nu-Venture Coaches.
91 Wokingmarker Knaphillmarker Goldsworth Park On Sundays extends over route of service 28 to Guildford and evenings to Pirbright.
100 Chatham Rail Station St. Mary's Island Dockside Outlet, Universities
101 Maidstonemarker Gillingham Chatham Extends to Twydall via 182 on Monday to Saturday Evenings and Sundays.
105 Chathammarker Davis Estate
113 Chathammarker Chathammarker Gillingham, Darland Estate, Wigmore, Hempstead, Luton
114 Chathammarker Chaatham Luton, Hempstead, Wigmore, Darland Estate, Gillingham
116 Chathammarker Hempstead Valley Gillingham, Wigmore, Parkwood
120 Chathammarker Rainham, Otterham Park Chatham Hill Mondays to Fridays only.
121 Chathammarker Rainham, Otterham Park Gillingham, Medway Maritime Hospital Mondays to Fridays only
132 Chathammarker Hempstead Valley Jezreels, Rainham Mark, Rainham, Parkwood
133 Cliffemarker Chathammarker Cliffe Woods, Strood, Rochester
136 Chathammarker Gravesend Rochester, Strood, Higham, Chalk Some peak and evening journeys start and finish at Medway Maritime Hospital.
140 Chathammarker Earl Estate Rochester, Strood, Marlowe Park
141 Dockside Outlet Marlowe Park Chatham, Rochester, Strood, Earl Estate
142 Chathammarker Blue Bell Hillmarker Rochester
145 Chathammarker Warren Wood Rochester
147 Tunbridge Wellsmarker West Mallingmarker Southborough, Tonbridge, Hadlow, Mereworth, Kings Hill
150 Lakeside bus station Basildon bus station West Thurrockmarker, South Stiffordmarker, Grays, Heath, Stifford Clays, Orsettmarker Hospital, Stanford-le-Hopemarker, Corringhammarker 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
155 Maidstonemarker Chathammarker Aylesford, Wouldham, Rochester
164 Chathammarker White Road Estate
165 Chathammarker Princes Park Luton
166 Chathammarker Lords Woodmarker Luton
167 Chathammarker Lords Woodmarker Luton, Princes Park Monday to Saturday evenings and Sundays only.
172/173 Chathammarker Earl Estate Rochester, Strood, Salters Cross
176 Lower Gillingham Walderslademarker Gillingham, Medway Maritime Hospital, Chatham, Weeds Wood Operates between Lower Gillingham and Chatham only and by Nu-Venture Coaches on Sundays.
181 Chathammarker Weeds Wood Luton, Wayfield Operated by Nu-Venture Coaches on Sundays and extended to Walderslade.
182 Chathammarker Twydallmarker Brompton, Gillingham
184 Chathammarker Alexandra Hospitalmarker Weeds Wood, Walderslade Mondays to Fridays peak times only.
185 Chathammarker Princes Avenue Walderslade, Lords Wood Monday to Friday peak hours only.
191 Chathammarker Grain Rochester, Strood, Wainscott Hoo, High Halstow, Allhallows, Lower Stoke
193 Chathammarker Cliffemarker Rochester, Strood, Hoo, Cliffe Woods Sundays only.
196 Chathammarker Grain Dockside Outlet, Neptune Estate, Wainscott, Chattenden, Hoo, Allhallows, Lower Stoke Mondays to Fridays only.
200 Hildenboroughmarker Hildenborough Station Monday to Friday peak hours only.
204 Tonbridgemarker Underrivermarker Hildenborough Saturday service only. On Mondays to Fridays operated by Autocar.
207 Horsmondenmarker Tunbridge Wells, Bennett Memorial School Yalding, East Peckham, Paddock Wood, Tonbridge Schooldays only.
210 Tonbridgemarker Charcott Hildenborough, Leigh Saturdays only. On Mondays to Fridays operated by Autocar.
211 Tonbridge, Cottage Hospital Barden Park Molescroft Way
218/219 Tonbridgemarker Higham Wood Trench Wood, Willow Lea
220 Addington Tunbridge Wells, Culverden Down Ightham, Tonbridge Schooldays only
221 Vigomarker 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 Tunbridge Wellsmarker Crowboroughmarker Showfields, Eridge Green, Boarshead, Crowborough Cross, Jarvis Brook (clockwise).
229 Tunbridge Wellsmarker Crowboroughmarker Showfields, Eridge Green, Boarshead, Crowborough Cross, Jarvis Brook (Anti-clockwise).
231/233/237 Tunbridge Wellsmarker Edenbridge Penshurst, Bough Beech
233 Swanleymarker Elthammarker Sidcup Transport for London service.
234 Tunbridge Wellsmarker Edenbridge Fordcombe Green, Cowden Mondays to Fridays only. Other journeys operated by Kent County Council Passenger Services.
256 Noak Hillmarker, Tees Drive Hornchurchmarker, St. George's Hospitalmarker Harold Woodmarker, Ardleigh Green Service operated under contract to Transport for London using buses from Grays garage.
257 Hawkenburymarker Tunbridge Wells, South Park Culverden Down School, Tunbridge Wells Boys Grammar School Schooldays only.
267 Hawkhurstmarker Bennett Memorial Schoolmarker Benenden, Cranbrook, Goudhurst, Horsmonden, Tonbridge, Southborough School days only.
277 Tunbridge Wellsmarker Sherwood Some Monday to Friday morning journeys extended to/from Knights Park.
281 High Broomsmarker Rusthallmarker Town Centre
287 Tunbridge Wellsmarker Pemburymarker Sherwood, North Farm, Knights Park
297 Goudhurstmarker Tunbridge Wellsmarker Brenchley, Pembury 1 journey Mondays to Fridays only.
306/308 Bluewatermarker Sevenoaksmarker Gravesend, Meopham, Vigo, Borough Green On Sundays operates Bluewater to Vigo only.
333 Maidstonemarker Oare Detling, Sittingbourne, Teynham, Faversham
334 Maidstonemarker Sheernessmarker Detling, Sittingbourne, Iwade, The Meads, Minster
336 Leysdownmarker Maidstonemarker Warden Bay, Eastchurch, Minster, Milton Regis Tuesdays and Fridays only.
337 Leysdownmarker Lakeside Warden Bay, Eastchurch, Minster, Milton Regis, Bluewater Certain Saturdays only.
338 Leysdownmarker Chathammarker Warden Bay, Eastchurch, Minster, Milton Regis Mondays only.
339 Leysdownmarker Hempstead Valley Warden Bay, Eastchurch, Minster, Milton Regis Thursdays only.
341/351 Sheernessmarker Sittingbournemarker Minster, Iwade, Milton Regis
346 Upminster Stationmarker Upminster Park Estate, Waycross Road Cranhammarker Service operated under contract to Transport for London using buses from Grays garage.
347 Sittingbournemarker Kemsleymarker Milton Regis, Newman Drive
349 Sittingbournemarker Great Easthall Snipeshill, Murston
352 Rushendenmarker Sheernessmarker Queenborough Schooldays only.
360 Rushendenmarker Minster Queenborough, Halfway, Sheerness, Halfway
361 Sheernessmarker Queensway
362 Rushendenmarker Leysdownmarker Queenborough, Halfway, Sheerness, Halfway, Sheppey Hospital, Minster, Eastchurch Operated by Kent Top Travel on Sundays.
365 Rushendenmarker Sheernessmarker Queenborough, Minster College, Halfway Schooldays only.
366 Leysdownmarker Sheernessmarker Eastchurch, Minster, Cheyne Middle School Schooldays only.
368 Leysdownmarker Minster, St George's School Warden Bay, Eastchurch Schooldays only.
370 Lakeside bus station Romford rail stationmarker Chafford Hundredmarker, South Ockendonmarker, North Ockendonmarker, Corbets Tay, Upminstermarker, Hornchurchmarker, Gidea Parkmarker Service operated under contract to Transport for London using buses from Grays garage.
375 Romfordmarker Passingford Bridge This is a London Buses route, contracted to Transport for London.
401 Sevenoaksmarker Westerhammarker 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 Collegemarker, 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 Tunbridge Wellsmarker Bromleymarker Tonbridge, Sevenoaks This route accepts TfL passes between Knockholt Pound and Bromley.
404 Edenbridge/Ide Hill Plaxtolmarker Sevenoaks, Godden Green, Ivy Hatch, Shipbourne Mondays to Fridays only.
405 West Kingsdownmarker Sevenoaksmarker 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 Schoolmarker, 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 stationmarker 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 Dartfordmarker Horton Kirbymarker Wilmington, South Darenth School journey extended to Wilmington Hall School.
421 Sevenoaksmarker Swanleymarker Otford, Eynsford
423 Swanleymarker New Ash Greenmarker Dartford, Fleet Estate, Longfield
424 Temple Hill Wilmington Hall School Dartford Schooldays only.
428 Bluewatermarker Erithmarker Dartford Transport for London service.
431 Otfordmarker Kemsingmarker Dunton Green, Riverhead, Sevenoaks
432 Kemsingmarker Otfordmarker Sevenoaks, Riverhead, Dunton Green
433 Bluewatermarker New Ash Greenmarker Darent Valley Hospital, Longfield
452 Sevenoaksmarker Chipstead RiverheadRail Link (Monday to Friday peak).
453 Dartfordmarker West Dartford Temple Hill
455 Dartfordmarker Valley Drive Greenhithe, Gravesend
477 Bluewatermarker Orpingtonmarker Dartford, Wilmington, Swanley, Crockenhill This Route accepts TfL passes between Crockenhill, Crouch Farm and Orpington.
480 Valley Drive Dartfordmarker 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 Greenmarker Pepper Hill, Longfield
490 Valley Drive Fleet Estate Denton, Gravesend, Northfleet, Swanscombe, Bluewater, Darent Valley Hospital Peak journeys extended to Dartford.
492 Bluewatermarker Sidcupmarker Dartford Transport for LOndon service.
495 Pepper Hill Kings Farm Painters Ash, Coldharbour, Perry Hill, Gravesend, Christianfields
497 Dartfordmarker Swan Valley Community School/St. George's School Stone, Horne Cross, Swanscombe Schooldays only.
498 Bluewatermarker Kings Farm Waterdales, Perry Hill, Gravesend, Christianfields
499 Bluewatermarker Riverview Park Coldharbour, Perry Street, Gravesend, Denton
499 Gallows Corner, Tescomarker Rush Green, Dagenham Road Harold Hill, Noak Hill, Romfordmarker, Becontree Heathmarker Service operated under contract to Transport for London using buses from Grays garage.
501 Maidstonemarker London Road Park and Ride. Monday to Friday peak hours only.
502 Riverhead Culverden Down School Sevenoaks, Tonbridge, Southborough Schooldays only.
503 Maidstonemarker Willington Street Park and Ride.
505 Maidstonemarker Maidstone Market Tuesdays only. Maidstone Market Free Bus.
506 Maidstonemarker Sittingbourne Road Park and Ride.
522 Sealmarker Tonbridge, Weald of Kent School Greatness, Sevenoaks Schooldays only.
532 Kemsingmarker Tonbridge, Weald of Kent School Sevenoaks Schooldays only.
544 Sevenoaksmarker Hugh Christie Technology School Schooldays only.
562 Dunton Greenmarker Weald of Kent School Riverhead, Sevenoaks, Hildenborough, Tonbridge Schooldays only.
570 Wrothammarker Maidstonemarker Borough Green, Wrotham Heath, West Malling, East Malling, Larkfield Schooldays only.
571 Oakwood Park Schools Snodlandmarker British Legion Village, Larkfield, Lunsford Park Schooldays only (2 afternoon journeys).
572 Hildenboroughmarker Tonbridge /Weald of Kent School Brook Street Schooldays only.
572 Kings Hillmarker Maidstone Boys Grammar School West Malling, Larkfield, Aylesford, Allington, Maidstone Town Centre Schooldays only (mornings only).
575 Snodlandmarker Maidstonemarker Lunsford Park, Larkfield, Maidstone Hospital, Barming, Oakwood Park Schools Schooldays Only (4 morning journeys).
576 West Malling /Kings Hill Vinters Park, Invicta Girls Grammar School /Maidstone Leybourne, Larkfield, Aylesford, Allington, Maidstone Schooldays only.
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 Cliffemarker Rochester Grammar Schools Cliffe Woods, Strood, Rochester Schooldays only.
638 Borstal Thomas Aveling School Schooldays only.
647 Iwademarker Sittingbourne Community Collegemarker 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 Woodmarker Rochester Schools Princes Avenue Schooldays only.
659 Wigmore, Queens Head Rochester Schools Parkwood, Hempstead Valley, Luton, Princes Park Schooldays only.
660 Walderslademarker 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 Stroodmarker Thomas Aveling School Earl Estate, Strood, Rochester Grammar School Schooldays only.
675 Lords Woodmarker Chathammarker Princes Avenue Schooldays only.
676 Chathammarker Lords Woodmarker Weeds Wood, Walderslade Schoolday afternoons only.
689 Chathammarker Hoo School Rochester, Strood Schooldays only.
692 Lower Stokemarker Rochester Schools Allhallows, Hoo, Strood Schooldays only.
700 Rainham Bluewatermarker Parkwood, Wigmore, Chatham, Rochester, Strood, Earl Estate
701 Lutonmarker Bluewatermarker Wayfield, Lords Wood, Princes Park, Chatham, Rochester, Strood, Earl Estate
703 Maidstonemarker Bluewatermarker Lunsford Park, Snodland
704 Tunbridge Wellsmarker Tonbridgemarker Southborough Tuesdays and Thursdays only.
705 Tonbridge, Rail Station Bluewatermarker Sevenoaks Tuesdays and Thursdays only.
707 Coxheathmarker Romford Marketmarker Loose, Park Wood, Maidstone, Larkfield, Snodland, Lakeside Shopping Centre First Saturday of month only.
711 Hempstead Romfordmarker Parkwood, Rainham, Twydall, Gillingham, Chatham, Rochester, Strood, Earl Estate, Lakeside Shopping Centre First and third Saturday of each month only.
796 Chathammarker Grain Dockside Outlet, High Halstow, Allhallows Mondays to Fridays only.
A Fastrack Dartfordmarker Bluewatermarker Joyce Green, The Bridge, Crossways, Greenhithe
B Fastrack Dartford, Temple Hill Gravesend, Garrick Street Darent Valley Hospital, Bluewater, Ebbsfleet

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 Councilmarker. 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.


Arriva Southern Counties operate the Fastrack busway scheme in the Thames Gatewaymarker area of Kent on behalf of the Kent County Council and ProLogis. This network currently consists of two routes: Route A runs between Dartfordmarker and the Bluewater Shopping Centremarker, while Route B runs from Temple Hill near Dartford to Gravesendmarker via Dartford. Since November 2007, Route B has connected with Eurostar at the new Ebbsfleet International railway stationmarker, and Eurostar passengers are allowed to use the route for free. 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.


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:
  • Hawkhurstmarker - Arriva Kent & Sussex (closed on 17 February 2008)
  • Sittingbournemarker - Arriva Medway Towns (closed on 2 July 2006)
  • Tenterdenmarker - 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 Kingdommarker 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-Seamarker. 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 DB250 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
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
Scaniamarker 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

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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