Anchor care homes West Hall and Moore Place were delighted to celebrate the launch of new community-run bus service Cobham Chatterbus.

Lady Joyce Acher cut the ribbon to officially start the Chatterbus service at midday on Friday 27 March, outside the main entrance of Waitrose in Cobham.

The Cobham Chatterbus will take to the streets at 7:15am on Tuesday 7th April, thanks to generous donations from local sponsors such as Anchor, Elmbridge Borough Council and Surrey County Council.

Miranda Morgan, home manager at Moore Place, commented: “I’m so pleased that Anchor is able to support the Cobham Chatterbus - it will be an invaluable asset to Moore Place staff and visitors, and the wider local community. I’m looking forward to a trip to Painshill Garden once the service is up and running!”

West Hall manager Kate Desmond added: “West Hall and Moore Place residents are lucky enough to have our own minibus, but others in the Cobham community are not so fortunate. This Chatterbus service will make it much easier for everyone to get out and about.”

Speaking about the Cobham Chatterbus, Cllr Mary Lewis said: “While Cobham is quite an affluent area, there are many who have no access to private cars, and we have been poorly served by public transport here in recent years. The new Chatterbus service will provide increased independence to those who don’t drive and respite to those who do.”

The Cobham Chatterbus is a unique service, run for the community and by the community - but keeping to a published Monday to Friday and Saturday timetable and accepting normal travel concessions.

The service will connect Cobham, Oxshott, Stoke D'abernon, Downside, Brooklands Retail Park, Weybridge, Leatherhead and Fetcham. Services will also operate to Cobham primary schools and Cobham station, easing school run traffic.

For more information about the Cobham Chatterbus, please visit www.chatterbus.org.uk.

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