Lorpington's Hospitals gain new bus links.

17 February 2004

The R2 service will now from run Biggin Hill Valley, Biggin Hill, Leaves Green, Keston, Keston Mark, Locksbottom - Princess Royal Hospital, Orpington Station, Orpington, Kent Road/ Cray Avenue Cross Roads, Amherst Road, Chislehurst Road and Petts Wood Station.

The new R8 service will replace the previous R2 route run from Biggin Hill- Church Road, Biggin Hill - Post Office, Main Road - Lebanon Gardens, Jail Lane - Single Street, Downe High Street, Green Street Green - Glentrammon Road, Orpington Hospital - Seven Oaks Road, Orpington - Walnuts Centre and Orpington Station.

London Buses Director of Performance, Clare Kavanagh said:

" I am pleased to be introducing better links in the Orpington area and the first bus service for Church Road and Aperfields Road in Biggin Hill. Local residents can now enjoy a reliable, bus services to the hospitals, railway stations and other local amenities."

Princess Royal University Hospital, Estates Director Graham Goddard said:

"The Trust is delighted with Transport for London's proposal to introduce new bus routes to serve Orpington and The Princess Royal University Hospitals. These new services are key to better access to our hospitals, and will enable the Trust to fulfil its planning commitment to provide alternatives to the use of private cars for hospital visitors."

New fully accessible buses will be available on the R2 and R8 from the spring.

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