The Sevenoaks Vintage Bus, or “Big Red Bus” as it’s known in our house, is under threat
Sevenoaks Town Partnership have this morning (28th February 2019) sent a press release launching a Save the Vintage Bus Campaign.
It appears that Knole no longer wishes to grant the bus access for safety reasons and adding to congestion in the car park.
The Sevenoaks Vintage Bus has been operating over some bank and school holidays since 2013. It is a firm favourite in our house. It proves to be good value for money and provides a cheap day out when coupled with a picnic.
In the press release Sevenoaks Town Partnership writes:
Knole states that it does not currently permit coaches at weekends, Bank Holidays and school holidays and therefore suggested that the Vintage Bus stop in the High Street and passengers walked to Knole House.
However, the majority of people that use the bus are not able to walk the distance. Knole does not currently permit coaches at weekends, Bank Holidays and school holidays and is applying this to the Sevenoaks Vintage Bus.
Unfortunately, the current Knole management do not recognize the Vintage Bus (which is registered under the Public Route No. 7) as public transport and will not therefore promote on its website, which would encourage more people to use it and help to reduce car movement
They go on to say:
The Town Partnership believed that the Knole should review its management policies which appeared to be in favor of promoting car use rather than promoting use of sustainable public transport.
The loss of the Sevenoaks Vintage Bus would be very sad for the area
I myself use it several times when it is running. The conductors, who are all volunteers, are wonderful with children and adults alike. The commentary is always engaging – if you haven’t heard it – you must! The loss of the bus would be a great shame for the local community.
The aim of the Vintage Bus was to integrate Knole with the local community encouraging visitors from Knole to also visit the town centre and introducing public transport for those without cars or mobility needs to travel direct to the door of Knole.
We have a car but use the the Sevenoaks Vintage Bus, it’s cheaper than parking, better for the environment and is a great, fun day out for all generations.
If you would like to join the campaign to save the Sevenoaks Vintage bus please email National Trust Chief Executive, Hilary McGrady, Hilary.firstname.lastname@example.org and ask them to reconsider their travel management policies to encourage and support sustainable transport and the continuation of the Sevenoaks Vintage Bus with a plan to reduce car numbers and the negative environmental impact this is having on Knole Park and the market town of Sevenoaks.