Dorking bus stop disruption leaves vulnerable people in Goodwyns isolated
ELDERLY and disabled people have been left isolated after a bus stop was taken out of action due to roadworks.
Residents in the Goodwyns area of Dorking have been forced to walk hundreds of yards further than usual to access bus services, forcing some to stay at home or call taxis.
The disruption is caused by water and telecommunications works taking place simultaneously in Goodwyns Road.
Resident John Rutley, 65, a retired Mole Valley District Council worker, says the problem has been going on for some time.
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"We've had no buses on the estate for two weeks and this is the third week," he said.
"Anybody who's disabled or elderly relies on the buses to come to the estate and they haven't been able to do that."
Mr Rutley says he knows of one disabled resident who has been unable to travel to the shops due to the disruption.
"She can walk around the estate and the gardens but that's it, she's getting very frustrated," Mr Rutley said.
"The winter before last when we had the snow the Surrey County Council decided in their infinite wisdom not to salt the bus route and we didn't have buses for three weeks."
Ron Howe, 71, of Rushett Drive, said: "It is blocking off one lane coming in, which I can see they had to do because of the amount of work, but we were told that they were going to work over the Easter holiday to get it finished.
"A lot of people are not very happy.
"The elderly people that usually just have to go round the corner to catch a bus now have to walk up the main road."
BT, which has been carrying out some of the works while water engineers also use the site, says it is Surrey County Council's (SCC) responsibility to provide access for residents.
An SCC poster at the bus stop stated buses would resume from April 14, but they had not and the works continued as the Advertiser went to press. SCC told the Advertiser the situation was not its responsibility.