£5K cash boost for Hoppa bus service

A cash boost of £5,000 from Haslemere Town Council is helping Hoppa to continue to offer its vital community transport service in the town. The money will benefit Hoppa’s Haslemere customers, many of whom rely on the service to take them shopping and to access other vital, local services.

“We have supported Hoppa for many years through our annual grants scheme,” says Mayor Councillor Sahran Abeysundara from Haslemere Town Council. “Hoppa’s community bus service is highly valued by its customers in Haslemere. Changes in local health provision mean that it’s really important our residents can get to Frimley Park Hospital as local people suffering strokes are now taken there rather than the Royal Surrey. For those who can’t drive or use public transport, it’s Hoppa’s Ranger service that many turn to for visiting friends and family.”

Steve Forward, General Manager at Hoppa says: “Although our customers pay towards their journeys, we rely on support such as this grant from Haslemere Town Council to plug the gap. We’re a local organisation providing a highly valued service to local people so we’re grateful for the council’s recognition of what we do for the town. This grant directly helps local people.”

Hoppa provides a number of scheduled bus routes to popular destinations as well as the door-to-door Ranger service which customers book in advance.

All Hoppa buses are wheelchair accessible. Many of the service’s customers can no longer drive, have disabilities that prevent them from doing so or find that public transport does not operate in the places they need to go. A recent survey of Hoppa’s services, which also operate in Farnham, Godalming, Cranleigh and surrounding villages, showed that passengers rated the service highly, particularly the quality of customer care.

To use Hoppa, customers can call 01428 681701 or register at www.hoppa.org.uk.