Epsom Buses has re-launched its provincial bus operations.
From June 28, local non- Transport for London (TfL) routes E5, E9, E10, E16 and 408 were re-branded ‘Epsom Buses Silver Service.’ The Mayor of Epsom and Ewell, Cllr Robert Foote, was present at the launch.
Epsom Buses was originally launched in 1986 by Epsom Coaches. The firm has re-launched with seven new and refurbished Optare Solos, which have been given the fleet numbers EB01-07. A dedicated team of drivers will work on the routes.
The services all radiate in and out of Epsom town centre, providing local links to Langley Vale, Stoneleigh and West Ewell not served by other routes. Each of the buses is named after a Derby Winner, further reinforcing the Epsom links, from a company that itself has been part of Epsom since 1920.
All buses accept cash and will continue to do so despite London Buses having gone cash free (see page 12).
Epsom Coaches Managing Director, Steve Whiteway commented: “I was here when we launched Epsom Buses in 1986 and well remember the impact it had then, establishing routes that are today very much part of the community.
“Although the tough economic climate and increasing traffic has taken its toll on the frequency of some services, our investment in this revised network along with our staff and new buses will ensure a reliable and high quality service, run for local people by local people.”