Following on from my last message on the bus routes previously operated by Excetera
REF 479 SERVICE
I am delighted to advise that an operator has now been found to take over bus service 479 Epsom-Leatherhead-Guildford. This service will recommence tomorrow Saturday 16 March. Officers from our Strategic Transport Group have concluded arrangements with well-established bus company Arriva Kent & Surrey, who will operate on Mondays to Saturdays to the same timetable as used by Buses Excetera until last Monday, minimising the impact on bus users. This service sees over 300,000 passenger journeys per year and is used by students travelling to several schools, including Rosebery, St. Andrew’s Ashtead, Therfield, Howard of Effingham and St.Peter’s Merrow.
At 10am on Monday 11th March, the County Council was informed that for financial reasons, Buses Excetera was unable to run any further bus services. There had been no previous indication that this was to occur. The company ran two all-day services on Mondays to Saturdays and six public services specifically for various schools and colleges. None of these services were provided under contract to the council, being run on a commercial basis.
Local Bus Team in Strategic Transport Group therefore rapidly engaged with schools and colleges to keep them appraised and then obtained alternative suppliers, such that all the school/college journeys were covered on Monday afternoon and going forward with usual routes and timetables, with minimum disruption.
The current position regarding the services is as follows:
28 Guildford-Worplesdon-Pirbright-Brookwood-Knaphill-St. Johns-Woking (Mondays to Saturdays): Will recommence to the usual timetable from Wednesday 13 March, operated by Falcon Buses43 Cranleigh-Shamley Green-Wonersh-Bramley-Shalford-Godalming College: Now operated by Safeguard Coaches
45 Busbridge-Rodborough School: Now operated by Safeguard Coaches
479 Epsom-Ashtead-Leatherhead-Fetcham-Bookham-Effingham-East Horsley-Clandon Cross Roads-Guildford (Mondays to Saturdays): Officers are assessing potential expressions of interest from other operators, with the intention of getting this key service used by the whole community, restored in the near future. Further information when available
617 Banstead-Tattenham Corner-Epsom-St. Andrew’s School: Now operated by Cardinal Buses
618 Walton on the Hill-Tadworth-Burgh Heath-Tattenham Corner-Langley Vale-Epsom-St. Andrew’s School/Therfield School: Now operated by Go Ahead London General
619 Lower Kingswood-Tadworth-Preston-Tattenham Corner-Epsom-St. Andrew’s School/Therfield School: Now operated by Cardinal Buses
668 North Cheam-Ewell-Stoneleigh-West Ewell-Longmead-Epsom-St. Andrew’s School: Now operated by Go Ahead London General