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Safeguard expansion and Heritage Bus Rides in Guildford

Safeguard Excel

 

 

 

Safeguard’s Optare Excel X307CBT in Park Barn, Guildford in February 2019, before Arriva had withdrawn their competing route B. © Peter Osborn

  • December 18, 2021
  • 6:30 am - 11:30 pm

On Saturday 18 December 2021, Safeguard will replace Arriva on Guildford route 18 to Onslow Village (just 92 years after Safeguard last served the area), and the following day will take full possession of route 3, replacing Arriva's supported Sunday operation. That Saturday will see as many as possible of the classic Safeguard Optare Excels in service, as well as their preserved AEC Reliance 200APB, to mark the occasion. Members are encouraged to support the operation by riding on Safeguard’s routes.

The 65 year old AEC Reliance will operate a number of duplicate journeys alongside the main service buses on their modest local network. These duplicate journeys will be:

  • 18: 1030 Guildford Stand 4 – Onslow Village – Guildford (1054)
  • 18: 1054 Guildford Stand 19 – Bushy Hill – Guildford (1148)
  • 3: 1215 Guildford Stand 13 – Bellfields – Guildford (1249)
  • 5: 1300 Guildford Stand 12 – Park Barn – Guildford (1332)
  • 4: 1410 Guildford Stand 11 – Park Barn – Guildford (1442)
  • 18: 1540 Guildford Stand 4 – Onslow Village – Guildford (1604)

Those wishing to experience the AEC Reliance can do so for £5/adult (£2.50/child), which covers one return trip as listed above. The AEC can only be ridden upon purchase of one of these tickets.  Heritage Bus Rides flyer here.