MOLE Valley bus users are being urged to help safeguard their most-cherished routes by responding to a consultation as Surrey County Council seeks to review its public transport provision in the borough.
The authority has extended the deadline for comments on its Local Transport Review until February 6, with 2,400 representations already registered by residents since its launch in September
When completed, the document will propose changes to bus routes in Mole Valley, among other districts, and if ratified by the council’s cabinet will come into effect in September next year.
County councillor Tim Hall, chairman of the Mole Valley local committee and member for Leatherhead and Fetcham East, is a regular user of route 465 and travels by bus to meetings at County Hall.
The Conservative member said the county’s public transport users had an opportunity to make their voices heard about their favourite transport services by responding to the consultation.
He said: “It’s vital that local bus users and residents respond and tell those doing the review what services they value and what services would be used in Mole Valley in the next decade.
“It’s important that all bus users, contribute their views.
“By doing so we will have the best possible services that suit the needs of all residents and travellers.”
Surrey County Council said the purpose of the review is to “seek ways of supporting and providing effective public transport while controlling costs and making efficiencies”.
It has a statutory responsibility to provide bus services and concessionary fares, and said it hopes the review can “find new solutions rather than propose simple reductions” to services.
Overall 29 million passenger trips are made each year on Surrey’s buses, 15 million of which are made on the 147 routes funded by the county council.
Mr Hall added: “In the previous review Mole Valley benefited by better services and more passenger-designed routes and timetables, so it is vital residents put forward their views.”
A council spokesman said: “The council currently spends around £8.9 million a year subsidising public buses, one of the highest spends in south-east England.
“The aim of the transport review is to make savings while maintaining the services that residents rely on most, services that get people to work, hospitals, schools and supermarkets.
“To achieve this we need your views to help us to ensure we spend the budget on providing the services you need the most.”
To respond to the consultation, visit www.surreycc.gov.uk/transportreview or call 0300 200 1003.