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Surrey keeps Epsom and Ashford hospital bus services running

Surrey County Council has worked with Transport for London (TfL) to keep the 166 bus between West Croydon and Epsom Hospital running and to ensure the 216 service continues to serve Ashford Hospital.

Cabinet Member for Transport Mike Goodman (pictured) said: “There’s a vital need to fund these services in Surrey to help people get to and from hospital – it’s what our communities rightly expect us to do.

“We know just how important these buses are to people’s daily lives, which is why we’ve worked with TfL to invest the money that ensures they continue to run, whether that’s to help people go for a medical appointment, get to school or do shopping.

“It means we’ll be investing around £130,000 annually to ensure the 166 bus continues operating between Banstead and Epsom Hospital and the 216 carries on running from Staines to Ashford Hospital as normal.”

Claire Mann, TfL’s Director of Bus Operations, said: “We welcome Surrey County Council’s offer to part fund these services, and are very happy to work with them to continue running these important hospital routes.”

The 166 and 216 routes can be found on the county council’s website.

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