Details have been announced of investment and changes to the network by long-established Sittingbourne-based Chalkwell bus and coach company.

The local bus operator has purchased two double deck buses with wheelchair access to carry children from the Isle of Sheppey to schools in Sittingbourne. The buses will also have wifi so customers can access the internet while on the move.

When not in use on school journeys, the double deck buses will operate on Chalkwell’s local daytime network.  This will include the revised 324 shopping service to Canterbury and revised 339 service to Hempstead Valley.

Chalkwell also announce that from May 3 the 320/321 school bus services from the Isle of Sheppey to Sittingbourne will be more direct.  They will no longer serve Rushenden and Sonora Fields.

The 326 is to be extended on four journeys a day to serve Thistle Hill, Minster and Sheerness, providing islanders with the chance to catch a bus to Rainham, Gillingham, Medway Hospital and Chatham for the first time.

Chalkwell say the 7 service will discontinue in its current form, with other services covering the majority of points served.

The bus operator is advising residents of the Swanstree Avenue estate to use the 344/345 service to get to and from town.

Service 8 is being revised to maintain the service to Woodberry Drive and Vincent Road.

There are also minor timetable changes to the Saturday 326/327 as well as services 9/9K, 638 and 343.

Said Chalkwell Commercial Director Roland Eglinton:  “We are very pleased to be making this investment in our fleet and the changes to the 326 will provide better access from Sheppey to essential facilities including retail in the Medway Towns.

“Customers can purchase Adult Saver tickets from the driver for just £6 per day or £20 for 7 days.

“These tickets offer unlimited use on our Kent and Medway network.  Discounted Youth tickets are also available.”

He added that details of the network changes are on the Chalkwell website and timetables will be available in the coming weeks.