A new on-demand electric bus service has been launched in Farnham by Surrey County Council.

The town's new ‘Surrey connect’ bus completed its first journeys on Monday.

Rather than being restricted by bus timetables, the accessible mini buses are available for travel for everyone, when they are needed. 

The new scheme is funded by Surrey County Council to improve access to sustainable travel in areas where there are fewer bus services.

A successful trial has already been completed in Mole Valley, with new Surrey Connect buses now being rolled out across Tandridge, Farnham, Cranleigh, West Guildford and Longcross too.

The services operating in West Guildford, Longcross and Tandridge also operate out of the area, to enable residents to get around more easily and access key areas including some local hospitals and train stations.

The new scheme is funded by Surrey County Council to improve access to sustainable travel in areas of the county where there are fewer bus services. The existing service in Mole Valley launched last year and has transported more than 20,000 passengers around the district.

Matt Furniss, Surrey cabinet member for transport, said: “We started this service in Mole Valley last year and it’s generated positive interest and helped residents travel around the area in a sustainable way.

"I am delighted that we are now able to offer this convenient, shared bus for residents who may be isolated due to their rural location or have had to traditionally be heavily car dependent.

“This on-demand service is open to everyone in the areas and could enable people of all ages to reach GP surgeries, attend hospital appointments, access further education and training or go shopping.”

Fares are charged based on how many miles are travelled starting from £2 for adults. Journeys can be booked at www.surreyconnect.org.uk or via the ‘Surrey connect’ app. 

Buses run Monday to Friday from 7am to 7pm and on Saturdays from 8am to 6pm. Journeys can be booked with 30 minutes notice or up to seven days in advance.