Chatham Pentagon bus station

Pentagon Bus Station
Location Pentagon Shopping Centre,
Chatham, Kent
United Kingdom
Coordinates 51°23′02″N 0°31′32″E / 51.38380°N 0.52559°E / 51.38380; 0.52559Coordinates: 51°23′02″N 0°31′32″E / 51.38380°N 0.52559°E / 51.38380; 0.52559
Owned by Medway Council
Opened 1970[1]
Closed 10 October 2011
Arriva Medway Towns ALX400 bodied Volvo B7TL within Pentagon Bus Station. Taken in 2010 when the station was still active.

Pentagon bus station was the main bus interchange in Chatham, Kent, South East England. It was an integral part of the Pentagon Shopping Centre. Before its closure in 2011, 80% of local services started, terminated or passed through the Centre.[2]

As part of the redevelopment plans for central Chatham, the Pentagon bus station was replaced in October 2011[3][4] by the Chatham Waterfront bus station on Globe Lane, adjacent to Military Rd. Space previously used by the bus station will be used to expand the Pentagon Shopping Centre.[5] The new bus shelters have been designed to have living roofs (mainly sedums).[6]

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

In order to move the station from the Pentagon centre, Medway Council had to purchase the lease for the site back off Arriva Southern Counties, which was due to hold the lease until 2018.[7] Arriva held the right to use the site as it had taken over Maidstone & District Motor Services, 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.[8] As a result of the inquiry, M&D were required to undertake to provide equal access at reasonable rates and conditions.

In late 2013, Medway Council planned to turn the disused station into a car park for its employees [9] but as of 2015 all entrances have been fenced off.

See also


  1. "Chatham bus station opens in 'wrong place'". BBC News. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
  2. "The Guide, Summer 2011" (PDF). Pentagon shopping centre. Retrieved 12 December 2011.
  3. "Chatham bus station plan gets go ahead". thisiskent. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
  4. "Chatham Waterfront Bus Station". Medway Council. Retrieved 12 December 2011.
  5. "Pentagon Centre Brief". Medway Council. Retrieved 13 December 2011.
  6. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-05.
  7. "Medway Council row over Chatham bus station lease". BBC News. 15 September 2011. Retrieved 13 December 2011.
  8. The supply of bus services in Mid and West Kent
  9. "Pentagnon Bus Station image". Flickr. 27 August 2013. Retrieved 16 March 2015.

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