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New accessible minibus service for whole district launches Monday 3 April

Released on: 31 March 2017

The East Surrey Rural Transport Partnership launches a new accessible minibus service on Monday 3 April 2017, which will cover travel around the district and journeys to and from the Douglas Brunton Centre in Caterham. 

The service will be available from anywhere in the district from 9.15am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays. In addition, there will be a dial-a-ride service centred in the north of the district from Monday to Saturday, excluding bank holidays, 9.15am to 5pm weekdays and 9am to 4.15pm on Saturdays. 

Single journey fares for both services are: 

  • Up to 2 miles £2.50
  • From 2 to 5 miles £3
  • Over 5 miles £3.50

An annual membership fee of £25 is required for the dial-a-ride service and covers the use of both services. Residents are welcome to join the service anytime for a 12 month period. An application form can be requested from the booking office on 01883 732791. 

The booking office is open from 8.30am to 5.30pm weekdays. Residents can book up to 14 days in advance and must book by 5.30pm the day before, using either service. Bookings can be made calling 01883 732791. 

Both services provide a door to door service. All vehicles are fully accessible. All staff hold enhanced Disclosure and Baring service certificate from Surrey County Council and a full current MiDAS (Minibus driver awareness scheme) qualification. 

East Surrey Rural Transport Partnership will be launching an excursions leaflet, which will be sent out to customers. In addition, groups can charter transport for days out. 

For further information please call 01883 732791 or visit www.eastsurreyrtp.org.uk

Paul Barton, Chief Community Services Officer, said: “This new service will improve the community transport offered in the district and support those many residents who would otherwise not be able to easily travel around the area.”

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