ALL ABOARD: Chatterbus supporters Surrey County Councillor Mary Lewis (Con, Cobham), Anne Yeates, Elizabeth Sharman, Ian Nelson and Mike Slade stand at a Chatterbus stop at The Old Plough pub in Stoke D’Abernon
DETAILS of a new bus service which will link Leatherhead and Fetcham to Cobham and beyond have been released.
Organisers believe the Cobham Chatterbus will be the only service in the country to be run by the community for the community but to a published timetable where normal travel concessions can be used.
The service is set to launch on April 7 and the timetable has now been released for users to begin planning the journeys they will take.
The C1 route, running during the week, will start at 7.15am from Lockhart Road and Tartar Road in Cobham to take passengers to Cobham and Stoke D’Abernon railway station, running up to 7.35pm and including stops in Oxshott, Brooklands and Weybridge.
The weekend-only C2 route will include Leatherhead and Fetcham before following on to the usual weekday route, beginning at 9.07am and finishing at 6.03pm.
Chatterbus committee chairman Sir Gerald Acher said: “We are delighted that all our plans are falling into place and that Chatterbus will be serving the community where it is needed most.”
The bus will be the first commuter service between Cobham town and the station, catching morning rush hour trains at 7.37, 7.57 and 8.27am.
In the evening, services will meet trains from Waterloo at 5.11, 5.41, 6.15, 6.45 and 7.25pm.
At weekends, the C2 will give public transport access for the first time on a Saturday to Leatherhead Leisure Centre direct from Cobham, and in the other direction will call at Painshill Park, Brooklands Museum and Mercedes Benz World.
Committee member Anne Yeates said: “Chatterbus was set up in response to the identification of Elmbridge as ‘transport poor’.
“Inadequate transport is limiting access to a wider choice of shopping, entertainment, recreational attractions and sports facilities as well as opportunities for employment, training and even access to state benefits, causing real hardship in some cases.”
Chatterbus is appealing to businesses which could benefit from the route to sponsor the service.
For more information and to view the timetable in full, visit www.chatterbus.org.uk
A long overdue service for Effingham is now also being considered by Effingham Parish Council in their Neighbourhood Plan