Surrey Heath responds to Local Transport Review consultation

SHBCSurrey County Council is currently carrying out a Local Transport Review and is asking for comments to its public consultation which closes on 2 February. The review could have implications for bus services, including community transport, to residents and businesses in the borough.

In response to the consultation Surrey Heath Borough Council seeks assurances that bus routes such as the Number 1 – which serves Old Dean and enables residents to access facilities, services and jobs within Camberley Town Centre and further afield – will not be adversely affected by any measures introduced through the Local Transport Review.

Surrey Heath’s rural areas are currently poorly served by bus transport. The borough council is also suggesting that as part of the review, discussions should be held with local bus operators on whether the commercial viability of existing services could be improved, rather than cutting services to these areas.

Additionally, the borough council’s response will highlight concerns that changes to community transport and to subsidised bus travel could have adverse impacts on older or vulnerable residents, including those who need assistance, who may need to access services on a regular basis.

Surrey County Council is currently carrying out a Local Transport Review and is asking for comments to its public consultation which closes on 2 February. The review could have implications for bus services, including community transport, to residents and businesses in the borough.

In response to the consultation Surrey Heath Borough Council seeks assurances that bus routes such as the Number 1 – which serves Old Dean and enables residents to access facilities, services and jobs within Camberley Town Centre and further afield – will not be adversely affected by any measures introduced through the Local Transport Review.

Surrey Heath’s rural areas are currently poorly served by bus transport. The borough council is also suggesting that as part of the review, discussions should be held with local bus operators on whether the commercial viability of existing services could be improved, rather than cutting services to these areas.

Additionally, the borough council’s response will highlight concerns that changes to community transport and to subsidised bus travel could have adverse impacts on older or vulnerable residents, including those who need assistance, who may need to access services on a regular basis.

Cllr Keith Bush portfolio holder for regulatory said: “Surrey Heath Borough Council is responding formally to the public consultation and I urge residents to do the same. The transport review aims to make savings while maintaining the services that residents rely on most and it’s vitally important to give your views.”

For more about the review, visit the Surrey Says Local Transport Review page.

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