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Bus services in Guildford and Woking cut

July 11, 2022 1:15 PM
Originally published by Surrey County Council Lib Dems

People waiting at a bus stop (SandyRavaloniaina@ unsplash.com)Lib Dem Councillors have criticised Stagecoach over cancellations and cuts to key bus services in Guildford and Woking.

From today, the Services 1 and 2 in Guildford, will reduce to every 30 mins. From Monday 25th July, the 91 Service in Woking will reduce to 15 minutes during the day Monday to Saturday; evening journeys and the whole of the Sunday timetable will remain unchanged.

This follows a recent raft of cancellations to Stagecoach's bus services that have left passengers stranded and has been blamed on a shortage of drivers.

Will Forster, Leader of the Lib Dem Group on Surrey County Council has raised this issue in a question to the County Council for its meeting tomorrow.

Councillor Will Forster said:

"Surrey County Council has a role to play in supporting the bus network and is relying on providers such as Stagecoach to provide a level of service that will persuade residents in Surrey to abandon their cars in favour of public transport in a bid to cut harmful emissions from private vehicles."

"The Lib Dems and I know now that Stagecoach has made some temporary changes to its timetables in the hope that this will help address driver availability in the short term, but neither the Council nor Stagecoach seem to have a plan as to what to do if the current conditions in the employment market continue."

"These reductions in bus services are happening at the time when Surrey County Council is launching its new Local Travel Plan with an emphasis on walking, cycling and public transport. It needs to take a more proactive approach in helping to tackle what is likely to be a longer-term issue."