An announcement of the last day of operation for Epsom's E16 bus route has been updated and the popular bus loop is now expected to continue past April of this year.

That's after Surrey County Council (SCC) updated a Transport for London (TfL) Service Permit Bulletin during the week.

The most recent statement in the bulletin read that SCC plan to "retender" the service to a new provider by late next month:

"Quality Line's LSP to operate route E16 will be cancelled from 3 April 2020 at the operators request.

"Surrey County Council are currently retendering service E16 and will be making an announcement at the end of February regarding the new operator."

Reference to the E16 route's "last day of service" was removed.

A  spokesperson for SCC told the Comet: 

"Service E16 which runs through Epsom, Stoneleigh and Worcester Park, as well as the E5, E9, E10 and 408 services, all currently operated by Quality Line are being retendered by Surrey County Council with the intended start date of Saturday 4 April – when Quality Line stops running the service.

"That means residents who use these services should see no disruption. Transport for London is updating its bulletin to reflect this."

The Comet previously reported that the line would close based on the original version of the announcement.

In the now outdated version of the transport bulletin, a spokesperson previously said that "the service will be withdrawn from 4 April 2020 - the last day of operation will be April 3, 2020."

The E16 route starts at Epsom Clock tower and moves via Stoneleigh to Worcester Park and back again in a loop.

The line runs from 7.20am-5.30pm (clockwise loop) and 9am-6.40pm (anticlockwise loop) during the week, with a slightly modified timetable during the weekends.