Does the route you choose matter. And what are these routes?
Yesterday's researches suggest that we want Maidstone East which has a train every half an hour from London Victoria ...
But getting to Maidstone West has a huge advantage.
So, IS THIS THE ANSWER?
Instead of alighting at Maidstone West Station, you get off at the previous stop, Maidstone Barracks station.
Leave the station, turn tight and walk down Buckland Hill, take the well hidden footpath, cross the river Medway and the A229 and, sooner than you think, you will be at Maidstone East and your 506 Park & Ride bus stop!
And he might be able to do it for about £70.
Or he might not!
When we have suffered on this trip by rail,
Must give us pause. There's the challenge
That makes Calamity of so long a trip:
For who would bear the Whips and Scorns of fares,
Journey planner's wrongs, the proud man's Contumely**,
The pangs of interchange time, the train’s delay,
The confusion of Offers, and the Fears
That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
When he himself might his Quietus make
And simply choose to take the car?
And yes, chum David went by car - and who could blame him? Our railway system is becoming too complicated, too challenging for the average passenger to understand. The fares system is, in the minds of the "ordinary" member of the public, simply a lottery. How many potential off-peak passengers are now so confused that they don't even consider the train?
and who could blame them?
And the best that Google Transit can offer for a "reasonable" arrival.