Surrey County Council has announced that Safeguard Coaches will be the new provider of Guildford bus route 18 serving Onslow Village. This follows the news that Arriva are closing their Guildford depot on 17 December 2021.
By a strange coincidence this will mean that Safeguard’s buses will return to Onslow Village 92 years to the day that they last served the area on 18 December 1929 after which a route swap with the Aldershot & District company took effect. Andrew Halliday, Managing Director of family owned Safeguard Coaches says that this must be a record for the same company to make a comeback to an area previously served!
From 18 December 2021 bus route 18 will be extended across Guildford to cover Weylea Farm, Bowers Farm Drive, Merrow Park and Bushy Hill replacing parts of Arriva routes 36/37 not covered by Stagecoach’s extended route 1 and new route 6.
From the same date Safeguard will also add route 3 Sundays/Public Holidays (funded by Surrey County Council) to its portfolio, complementing its Mondays to Saturdays operation.
In contrast to the many changes affecting Guildford’s bus network from 18 December 2021, Safeguard will be operating its 65-year old AEC Reliance – which first ran on the Company’s Westborough route in 1956 – on some of its services that day, including new route 18.
Details will be posted on guildfordbus.co.uk in due course and in the meantime are available from 01483 561103 or firstname.lastname@example.org.