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Ride On A Vintage Bus As Safeguard Takes Over Route 18

Published on: 11 Dec, 2021
Updated on: 15 Dec, 2021

Take a trip on Safeguard’s 65-year-old AEC Reliance on various routes on Saturday, December 18.

In celebration of Safeguard buses taking over Guildford Route 18 and returning to Onslow Village after a 92-year break, its 65-year old AEC Reliance will operating duplicate journeys on Saturday, December 18.

Times are…

Route 18: round trip from Guildford bus station to Onslow Village. Departs from Stand 4 at 10.30am, journey time 24 minutes.

Route 18: round trip from Guildford bus station to Bushy Hill, departs from Stand 19 at 10.54am, journey time 54 minutes.

Route 3: round trip from Guildford bus station to Bellfields, departs from Stand 13 at 12.15pm, journey time 34 minutes.

Route 5: round trip from Guildford bus station to Park Barn, departs from Stand 12 at 1pm, journey time 32 minutes.

Route 4: round trip from Guildford bus station to Park Barn, departs from Stand 11 at 2.10pm, journey time 32 minutes.

Route 18: round trip from Guildford bus station to Onslow Village, departs from Stand 4 at 3.40pm, journey times 24 minutes.

One of Safeguard’s Optare Excel buses.

Safeguard also expects to have all three of its 2000-2003 Optare Excels in service on Routes 3, 4 and 5 during the day, and says: “Come and have a ride on these rare vehicles! Don’t just photograph, please ride and support us!”

A heritage bus ticket is £5 for adults, £2.50 children. Valid for one heritage bus round trip.

Tickets will be available from the service bus driver.

Safeguard Saver Day tickets are £4.50 adult, £2 children. Valid all normal buses (including Excels but not AEC Reliance) on Routes 3, 4, 5 and 18.

Discovery Day tickets are £9 adult, £7.20 children. Valid on all Guildford operators’ routes (including Excels but not AEC Reliance).

Cover of the excellent book, Safeguard Coaches of Guildford, by Laurie James. Now available for £10 a copy.

Copies of Safeguard Coaches’ 90th anniversary excellent book (published 2014) will also be on sale at Guildford bus station at the reduced price of £10.

Click here for Safeguard’s website with lots of further details about its routes and services.

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test One Response to Ride On A Vintage Bus As Safeguard Takes Over Route 18

  1. Anthony Collins Reply

    April 16, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    I was an evacuee from London living with a cousin in Westborough from 1939 to 1942 often which I returned home to go to secondary school.

    During my stay with her I accompanied her every Saturday to the town on a Safeguard bus.

    There was much speculation whether the Aldershot & District bus could go faster!

    The war resulted in bus tyres being used to their maximum extent judging from the canvas showing through their treads.

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