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Chelsea footballers help to launch community bus service

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Chelsea youth coach Jon Harley with (from left) academy players Jacob Maddox, Martell Taylor-Crossdale and Miro Muheim at the launch of the Cobham Chatterbus. Click image to download

Chelsea’s Premier League stars of the future have launched one of Surrey’s first community bus services.

England youth internationals Jacob Maddox and Martell Taylor-Crossdale, and Swiss youth international Miro Muheim were on hand to unveil the Chatterbus, which will run daily between Cobham and Weybridge.

Most of the funding to run the bus was provided by the football club and Surrey County Council while Elmbridge Borough Council, care firm Anchor, Cobham business Cargill and local churches and charities also contributed.

More details about the service, which will start operating on 7 April, can be found on Surrey County Council’s website and the Chatterbus website.

The county council’s Cabinet Member for Transport John Furey said: “It’s fantastic that Chelsea have joined us in getting behind this great community transport link.

“Our approach is all about working with others, whether they’re a famous football club, a business or a charity, for the benefit of residents and I’m sure this type of service could work really well in other areas of the county too.”

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