New bus times save Surrey council £1.7m in subsidies

Changes to bus timetables across Surrey which are expected to save the county council £1.7m in subsidy costs have come into force.

A number of services in Elmbridge, Spelthorne, Runnymede, Woking and Reigate and Banstead will be increased, reduced or scrapped altogether.

New services are also being introduced, some on a trial basis.

The changes are part of Surrey County Council's review of its bus service subsidies.

Airport service

The 426 between Staines and Woking via St Peter's Hospital and the 472 which runs from Byfleet via Woking are being withdrawn.

There are also five trial Sunday services which will run for six months to see if they are popular - the 420/460 Redhill to Epsom and Sutton, the 461 Kingston to St Peter's Hospital, the 458 Staines to Walton to Kingston, the 436 Woking to Brooklands and the 81 Barnsbury Estate to Woking.

There is also a new 51 service which offers direct links to Heathrow Terminal 5 and calls in at Chertsey, Staines, Addlestone, Weybridge and Byfleet.

Last year the council said it was putting £11m a year into subsidised bus services, with some return journeys costing the authority nearly £20 for one passenger.

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