More than 6,600 passengers have used one of Surrey’s first community bus services since its launch six months ago.
The Cobham Chatterbus, which is funded by partners including Surrey County Council, Chelsea Football Club Foundation and Elmbridge Borough Council, is designed to help local residents get to the shops, work, schools and train stations along the route.
The service, which runs six days a week, is a 16-seat minibus which runs from Leatherhead to Weybridge via Cobham, Brooklands and Painshill.
The initial success has even surprised the Chairman of Cobham Community Bus CIC Sir Gerald Acher, he said: “The Chatterbus has won a firm place in Cobham’s heart and it is used by the members of the whole community, all of us are astounded at how successful it has been.”
Mike Goodman, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, said: “It’s fantastic to see the Chatterbus doing so well as it’s a great transport link for the community. Our approach is all about working with others for the benefit of residents and I’m sure this type of service could work really well in other areas of the county too.”
Mary Lewis, Surrey County Councillor for Cobham, said: “Our transport team has worked tremendously hard to make this service become a reality and this bus just shows how something as simple as transport can make such a difference to people’s lives.”
The council caught up with some users of the service and got their views on why they use it and how it helps them, see the video below.