Transport

Decision on final phase of bus review

Surrey County Council’s Cabinet will make a decision on the final phase of a three-year bus review that has already seen passengers shape services while saving £2.5 million.

The review has been carried out in stages since 2010 to ensure buses are run where they are needed most, while saving taxpayers millions of pounds on rising subsidy costs.

On Tuesday, May 29 , the council’s Cabinet will consider a report on the third and final stage of the review covering Epsom and Ewell, Mole Valley, Guildford and Waverley. It follows a three month consultation with bus users and operators.

The recommendations* would save taxpayers up to £723,000 a year.

John Furey, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, said: “From the start we’ve been determined to put bus users at the heart of this review to ensure they could help shape the services they use. The response from people has been huge.

“Action needed to be taken because bus subsidies, which are paid for by the taxpayer, would have soared from £11 million in 2009, to £13 million this year. But this wasn’t just about savings.

“The review was an opportunity to go back to the drawing board and make sure buses are run where they are needed most, while reducing services where usage is less overall.”

At its meeting, the Cabinet will also decide whether to re-introduce a series of Sunday services that were requested by bus users during the consultation.

These include:
• Route 32 from Guildford to Dorking, every two hours
• Route 71 from Guildford to Haslemere, every two hours
• Route 93 from Dorking to Horsham, every two hours
• Route 479 from Bookham to Epsom, every 90 minutes

Combined these services would cost almost £53,000 per year.

ENDS

Media requiring more information can contact Surrey County Council senior media relations officer James Oxley at james.oxley@surreycc.gov.uk.

Notes to editors

* Recommendations include:

• Improvements to route 408, Epsom – Leatherhead – Cobham – Bookham
• Retention of a through link from Guildford – Godalming – Chiddingfold – Haslemere – Midhurst
• Increased Sunday service on route 20, Guildford – Normandy – Ash – Aldershot
• Extra buses on Saturdays for Newdigate and Leigh
• Maintain service levels to villages including Boxhill, Elstead, Compton, Witley and Hambledon.

View the report to Cabinet here

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