Safeguard supports NHS staff at The Royal Surrey Hospital with bus fare cut
With effect from Monday 8 October, family-owned and long-established Safeguard Coaches of Guildford will help NHS staff by introducing a flat fare of £1.00 single and £2.00 return on its 4 & 5 bus routes to and from the Royal Surrey County Hospital (RSCH). The fares are available to holders of a current NHS ID badge and represent a saving of up to 80p on either a daily single or return fare.
According to Andrew Halliday, managing director at Safeguard: “This special pricing for NHS staff underlines our commitment to drive down costs for passengers, encourage bus use to and from the hospital and thus reduce traffic congestion in Guildford. At the same time the price reduction will benefit a vital section of the workforce who provide an invaluable service to our community, particularly as we enter the Winter months of the year.
“The special fares work hand-in-hand with the timetable changes we made earlier this year to increase bus frequency to the Hospital, designed to support NHS staff shift patterns with additional journey opportunities in the early evenings and on Sundays. We increased the frequency of bus journeys between Guildford town centre and Park Barn to 10 an hour on weekdays, increased the bus service along Southway and Aldershot Road to the hospital to every 10 minutes at key times, and introduced a bus every 20 minutes on Sundays between the town centre and the Hospital.”
Darren Little, Head of Security, Car Parking & Sustainability, adds: “With increasing pressure on staff parking and unpredictable congestion on Guildford roads, we welcome this initiative by Safeguard Coaches, which not only encourages our staff to use public transport, but also lowers their commuting costs.”