ABELLIO SURREY SERVICE CHANGE RELEASE

Abellio Surrey has announced planned changes to bus services in the county from 31 December 2016, for commercial and operational reasons.

It intends making changes to two services run on a commercial basis.  Service 446 (Woking to Heathrow Terminal 5) is to be withdrawn between Staines and Heathrow and service 461 (Kingston to Staines) is to be withdrawn between Addlestone and Staines.

At the same time, Abellio has sought to be released from county council contracts for nine services that are subsidised by the council, none of which are part of the ongoing Local Transport Review.

These are: 81 Woking-Barnsbury Estate (Sundays only), 436 Woking-Brooklands (Sundays only), 458 Kingston-Staines, 514 Kingston-Addlestone, 515 Kingston-Guildford, 555 Heathrow-Hersham, 556/557 Woking-Chertsey/Sunbury and 663 Walton on Thames to Esher High School.

A spokesman for Abellio said: "This decision has not been taken lightly. Although substantially downsizing our operation, it is designed to secure a sustainable future for Abellio Surrey so that we can continue to deliver a quality service to the majority of our passengers.”

Mike Goodman, Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning at Surrey County Council said: "We tried to find a solution with Abellio but now our focus is on trying to make alternative arrangements to cover the services that have been affected by their decision."

The county council intends during the autumn to engage with the public on potential changes to services currently run by Abellio.  Nearer the date of introduction of the changes, further information and new timetables will be available by visiting surrey.gov.uk/buses or abellio.co.uk

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Note: Attached are further details of those Abellio bus services that, subject to final agreement on support from January 2017, are to be changed or withdrawn and those that are to continue in their current form.

 

SERVICES THAT WOULD CONTINUE TO BE RUN BY ABELLIO

39A/B/C Woking area shoppers services

40 Ripley-Woking shopper service

81 Woking-Barnsbury Estate (Mondays to Saturdays)

400 Walton-Shepperton-Charlton-Staines

438 Staines-Royal Estate

441 Heathrow-Staines-Englefield Green

513 Downside-Esher-Kingston

566/567 Staines-Egham-Virginia Water

570/571/572/574 Spelthorne area shoppers services

637 Byfleet-Weybridge-Salesian School

690 Worpleson-Brookwood-Winston Churchill and St. John Baptist Schools

814 Molesey-Esher High School

 CHANGES TO CONTINUING SERVICES PROPOSED BY ABELLIO

446 Woking-Staines-Stanwell Moor-Terminal 5 – to be withdrawn Staines to Terminal 5

461 Kingston-Walton-Weybridge-Addlestone-St Peter’s Hospital-Staines – to be withdrawn Addlestone to Staines, but with a replacement service 459: Walton-Vicarage Fields Estate-Walton Hospital-Walton Station-Weybridge-Addlestone-St. Peter’s Hospital

564 Whiteley Village-Hersham-Walton Hospital-Walton-Vicarage Fields-Xcel Leisure Centre – to be withdrawn between Walton and Xcel, but replaced at Vicarage Fields by new service 459 (above)

SERVICES FROM WHICH ABELLIO WILL WITHDRAW

81  Woking-Barnsbury Estate (Sundays)

436 Woking-Sheerwater-West Byfleet-Byfleet-Brooklands (Sundays)

458 Kingston-Esher-Hersham-Walton-Shepperton-Staines

514 Kingston-Thames Ditton-Molesey-Hersham-Weybridge-Brooklands-Addlestone

515 Kingston-Thames Ditton-Esher-Cobham-Ripley-Guildford

555 Heathrow-Ashford-Sunbury-Shepperton-Walton-Hersham

556 Woking-Sheerwater-Woodham-New Haw-Addlestone-Chertsey

557 Woking-Sheerwater-West Byfleet-New Haw-Addlestone-St. Peter’s Hospital-Chertsey-Shepperton-Sunbury

663 Walton-Hersham-Esher High School