Community Transport Services
Mole Valley Community Transport (MVCT) has recently undergone a review of its service, and whilst it has been recognised that this is truly a valued and worthwhile resource, some recommendations have been identified to further improve and enhance the current service.
MVCT are piloting a ‘Shoppa’ service, which starts on Monday 2nd October 2017, for a six month trial period. This is a door-to-door service, which incurs a small, subsidised fare of £3.00 each way, this is good value for money, especially when compared to taxi prices, and the drivers will carry any heavy bags to the door, with a smile! The weekly schedule can be viewed here.
This new pilot also aims at encouraging social inclusion; residents will be able to travel with other like-minded people and enjoy a chat with other passengers on the journey. Due to vehicle licencing requirements, all passengers need to be members of the Dial a Ride service beforehand, and the current membership fee is £22.00 annually, which is less than 50p a week. Membership will give access to the ‘Shoppa’ service, Dial a Ride and other services, such as excursions, which will be available shortly. To apply for membership click Dial a Ride.
Buses4U currently operates a fleet of 30 vehicles in Mole Valley, Reigate and Banstead and Tandridge. Each vehicle can hold up to 16 passengers and are fully accessible to wheelchair users. Passengers book each journey through the ESRTP Travel Centre and one of the minibuses meets them at a pre-arranged location and time.
Call 01372 204540 to book a journey with Buses4U or click Buses4U.
Sadly, the Buses 4U Mole Valley Village Link Commuter Shuttle Service last day of operation was 31st March 2017. Despite considerable interest in the service and some 70 signed-up members, this has failed to translate in to enough people using it each day to make it viable once the 3-year financial support comes to an end on that date.
The East Surrey Wheels 2 Work scheme offers to lend a moped to anyone aged between 16 and 65 who would otherwise find it difficult to take up an offer of training or work through lack of affordable transport.
This service is not means-tested and is open to anyone with a firm offer of a job or placement. To find out more (including how to apply to borrow a moped) call 01883 732791 or click wheels2work. For those who are signing on, Job Centre Plus offers financial support with the first month’s rental.
The East Surrey Rural Transport Partnership (“ESRTP”) is a registered charity whose aim is to improve access to transport services in the east Surrey area, for those who because of age, physical disability, geographic remoteness or lack of available public transport cannot make the journeys that they need to undertake a range of day to day activities that most would consider to be normal. ESRTP prides itself on responding to local need and the ESRTP staff are always willing to discuss any transport difficulties you may have. Whilst they do not claim to have all the answers they emphasise that they are keen to work with local people to resolve transport problems.
ESRTP has a fully accessible minibus for hire, including driver, available to voluntary and community groups in the area for outings and excursions. Call 01883 732791 for Minibus prices and further details as to how to book