Two threatened bus routes have been saved, good news for more than 280,000 passengers a year.

Operator Metrobus will take over the 409 to Croydon from East Grimstead and the 411 from Tatsfield to Redhill from June.

Surrey County Council transport portfolio holder Helyn Clack said the takeover would end uncertainty about the services, which will now run until spring 2011.

"I am pleased that we have been able to secure them without the need to make major changes," Coun Clack said.

"The county council has been working very hard to ensure that passengers are not inconvenienced in any way."

The routes will not change but there could be some minor timetable changes.

She said Metrobus would use modern low-floor buses, including some new double deckers on the 411.

In the meantime, the current operator Southdown PSV will maintain the services without change until June 1 ahead of the transfer to Metrobus.