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Saturday, 3 September 2016

Abellio Surrey announces bus cuts



Abellio Surrey have issued a press release on their website announcing cuts to their services in the Surrey area.



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  Service 446 (Woking to Heathrow Terminal 5) is to be withdrawn between Staines and Heathrow and service 461 (Kingston to Staines) is to be withdrawn between Addlestone and Staines.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

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

I would like to add that, Abellio is a subsidiary of Nederlandse Spoorwegen which is owned by the State of the Netherlands.

The Abellio London bus services which operate the London Bus routes remain unaffected because the London Bus routes are regulated by TFL.

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Image Attribution
By Au Morandarte from Chiswick/Romford, London, England - DSC01297Uploaded by Ultra7, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=30845508

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