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Safeguard Cracks Open The Bubbly As It Launches Its New Sunday Service

Published on: 11 Jan, 2016
Updated on: 11 Jan, 2016

Safeguard Coaches launched its new Sunday service from the town centre to the Royal Surrey County Hospital via Guildford Park, plus other extra journeys and reduced weekly and monthy fares, at an event on Friday (January 9).

Pictured at the launch, from left, Safeguard's managing director Andrew Halliday, Dray Court resident Joyce Steer, MP Anne Milton and the Mayof Guildford, Nikki Nelson-Smith.

Pictured at the launch, from left, Safeguard’s managing director Andrew Halliday, Dray Court resident Joyce Steer, MP Anne Milton and the Mayor of Guildford, Nikki Nelson-Smith.

Andrew Halliday, Safeguard’s managing director, told The Guildford Dragon NEWS: “We currently carry 800,00 passengers a year and we aim to raise that to one million.”

Guildford MP Anne Milton; the mayor, Nikki Nelson-Smith; councillors; supportors and friends of the bus company attended the launch outside Dray Court sheltered housing with some of the residents invited too. They all toasted Safeguard with a glass of bubbly.

Raising a glass to Safeguard Coaches.

Raising a glass to Safeguard Coaches.

In a speech, Mr Halliday outlined the changes Safeguard has introduced: that include the new Sunday service, the first on that route for 28 years; Park Barn to benefit from six buses every hour on Sundays compared to the previous three; additional weekday peak-time journeys, along with earlier journeys, particularly on Sundays.

The firm, which recently won Gold and Bronze at the UK Bus Awards, is reducing the price of weekly and monthly tickets bought online to as little as £10. Child and short journey fares will also be reduced, with a new 10-trip saver ticket launched.

Clutching one of his firm’s precious awards, Mr Halliday spoke about traffic congention in Guildford and said Safeguard hopes to play its part by encouraging more people to travel by bus. He acknowledged that some people will, of course, still want to use their cars, or cannot travel by bus, but their journeys will in turn be helped by those who do use buses.

Anne Milton MP at the launch event.

Anne Milton MP at the launch event.

MP Anne Milton thanked family owned Safeguard Coaches for its service to the people of Guildford.

The new Sunday service (that came into effect on January 10) was, in part, initiated by some residents of Dray Court who had noted the lack of buses through Guildford Park on Sundays.

One of the residents, Joyce Steer, who has lived there for eight years said: “Dray Court is a wonderful place and we are all looked after very well. We will benefit from the new bus service. It will be lovely to use the buses, especially to get out and about when summer’s here.”

A number of people ‘behind the scenes’ got the idea ‘moving’, one of them being alderman Bernard Parke. The Dragon knows he is very modest about the role he played, saying it was just a small one. And we respect his modesty.

In a letter to the Dragon, Mr Parke writes: “I was privileged to attend the launch of the new Safeguard service which will allow Guildfordians greater freedom of travel.

“In the past, many residents, especially those who are advanced in years, have found it difficult to visit friends and relatives who have unfortunately had to go into hospital. This new service will also help relieve the financial pressure and trauma of parking in the hospital car park.

“Safeguard Coaches has served us here for 90 years. It has survived by listening to the needs of the people it has served and has acted accordingly. By doing so it has gone from strength to strength – a lesson many should learn from.”

Click here for Safeguard Coaches’ website and details of all its services.

Safeguard's beautifully restored 44-seater 1950s heritage bus was on diplay at the launch. You won't see it on the new route, but it can be hired for wedding or other special occasions.

Safeguard’s beautifully restored 44-seater 1950s heritage bus was on diplay at the launch. You won’t see it on the new route, but it can be hired for weddings or other special occasions!

 

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test 3 Responses to Safeguard Cracks Open The Bubbly As It Launches Its New Sunday Service

  1. Dennis Harvey Reply

    January 11, 2016 at 10:31 am

    I had no idea that buses existed in Guildford on Sundays.

    Living to the south of the town, our buses end in the early evening Monday to Saturday.

    As a result I still need a car to go to the theatre etc.

    Sunday will still need a car to get to the hospital.

    I am very happy for the small population living close to the bus station, but the rest of us not living on the estates won’t be served.

  2. Shirley and Brian West Reply

    January 16, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Well done Andrew and crew for a great launch to your new Sunday service and thank you for our invite to a well attended rainy Friday morning.

    You are a give a great service to the Guildford community.

  3. Brian Holt Reply

    January 16, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    Buses cannot operate on Sundays if there is not sufficient support from the public in that area.

    There are wages to pay, and it’s likely with most bus operators that they have to rely on drivers doing overtime on Sundays.

    Then there is fuel cost and when you have any buses out on the road, you need a mechanic in the depot or on call in case of punctures etc.

    Big bus operators will need a yard man to fill the buses with diesel at the end of the day and someone has to clean it.

    These are some of the expenses it cost to operate even one bus.

    People south of the town must prefer to use their cars, or they do not go out on Sundays.

    This side of Guildford elderly people, university students, hospital staff do not have cars and need buses.

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