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Pentagon bus station is the main bus interchange in Chatham, Kentmarker. It is an integral part of the Pentagon Shopping Centremarker. As a result, 80% of local services start, terminate or pass through the Centre.

The Pentagon bus station is arranged as a two-lane, one-way, ring road around the outside of the Pentagon Shopping Centre at the upper level. The station has 18 bays, all on the inside of the road around the irregular 5 sided building. Buses access from street level via one street level ramp and exit via the same or a second ramp as appropriate.

The Pentagon bus station is leased by Arriva Southern Counties from Medway Council until 2018, by virtue of Arriva having taken over Maidstone & District Motor Services Ltd, the previous incumbent. Access to the station by other operators has been a cause of historical controversy. The issue was placed within the scope of a 1993 Competition Commission inquiry into The supply of bus services in Mid and West Kent . As a result of the inquiry, M&D were required to undertake to provide equal access at reasonable rates and conditions.

As of 2007 the second largest bus operator in the area, Nu-Venture, still chooses not to use the station, preferring Military Road directly outside the centre. A free Park and Ride service from Horsted operated by Nu-Venture also makes its Chatham stop in Military Road.

As part of the redevelopment plans for central Chatham, the Pentagon bus station will be closed down and replaced by an open-air bus station nearby. The bus station's space will be used to expand the Pentagon Shopping Centre.

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References

  1. Pentagon Shopping Centre Getting there
  2. The supply of bus services in Mid and West Kent
  3. Nu-Venture where to catch your bus
  4. Medway Authority site Park and Ride


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