MP Clark at second bus depot launch

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Much like a bus service, two opportunities came along in succession for Greg Clark to use his ribbon cutting skills at Arriva’s new depot.

The Tunbridge Wells MP returned to Kingstanding Way, off North Farm, on Friday [April 20] to open the bus terminus, which replaces the St John’s Road facility.

It was his second time in two months at Arriva’s depot, as the Conservative visited on March 9 to ‘launch an updated bus network and new routes’.

This was the first official function at the Kingstanding Way centre and was reported as the depot’s launch.

On that same day, the MP, who doubles up as Business Secretary, opened a new zebra crossing on Major York’s Road.

After Friday’s engagement, Mr Clark said: ‘We are all absolutely delighted that Arriva decided to invest in Tunbridge Wells by building its new depot here.

‘Not only does it mean that we benefit in terms of improved local bus services but it also means more local jobs.

‘Arriva is also investing in the next generation by providing apprenticeship opportunities at the new depot.’

Local schools, councillors and community groups were also in attendance as Mr Clark unveiled a commemorative glass plaque to mark the depot open.

Guests were then given a tour of the facilities.

The bus company is holding a free Family Fun Day at the depot on May 27, which includes a gin bar, bouncy castle and penalty shootout.

Arriva has not stated whether Mr Clark will be attending the Family Fun Day.

Area Managing Director Oliver Monahan said: ‘The opening of our long awaited new depot marks the start of some brilliant service updates in the area.

‘We’re thrilled Greg could attend to launch the new site and it was great to have local councillors and stakeholders in attendance on the day.’

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