Mole Valley Life, or Dial a Ride as we still think of it, is available to residents. Registration as a member is required and for normal journeys you can then book a “bus” up to 7 days in advance, medical appointments up to 28 days in advance and paid employment up to 14 days in advance.
The cost is £4 for a single journey of up to 5 miles, £6 for a journey of up to 10 miles and then £6 plus 80p per mile up to 20 miles.
This transport service operates Monday to Friday 8.30 am – 5.00 pm, Saturday 09.00 am – 4.30 pm and Sunday 9.00 am – 2.00 pm.
However, “These disabled facilitated buses offer a request service redirecting from its route to your front door. Times can be flexible but not guaranteed, as buses will be stopping for several different people to go to several different locations.”
More information is available from the Helpline 0300 123 7749 between 9.00 am and 4.00 pm, closed 12.00 – 1.00 pm. Web site: https://molevalleylife.co.uk/
Buses4u is still around, but, it mainly operates in southern Mole Valley where earlier this year they changed timetabled bus services which then became very limited. Actually buses4u are differently known to us as they through the umbrella organisation East Surrey Rural Transport Partnership they are contracted to provide the buses and drivers for the Cobham Chatterbus now in it’s 5th year.
Unfortunately with the original old vehicles breakdowns had become a major issue and the buses are now leased from Enterprise. With a possible disruptive South Western Railways strike looming I am certain that Cobham Chatterbus will already be looking to adjust it’s bus services to Stoke d’Abernon and Cobham station which is a major stop on it’s route.
Not that I would advocate using it a friend has mentioned that it is possible to go by bus between St Helier hospital and St George’s hospital although the former is not mentioned in the timetable! Interestingly the 280 is a round-the-clock bus service which goes from Belmont station then past the possible site of the new hospital at Sutton.
Depending upon the time of day it is possible to go by train from Bookham station via Epsom to Sutton station and then connect with that bus.
Another routing is to take the train to Wimbledon and using a bus from there to St George’s hospital the journey time can be as little as an hour.
To complete the local transport picture the Bookham Help your Neighbours’ car scheme is available by contacting it on 07986 177234 between 09.30 am and 12.30 pm and there is the Leatherhead District Voluntary Car Service which must be booked through your GP surgery.