Independent Transport Videos

Buses in Guildford

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The independent transport videos studios welcome you to this special two-part DVD programme, which features the buses in the Surrey town of Guildford. The first part celebrates the centenary celebrations of the family owned Safeguard Coaches at an event held at Guildford Cathedral on Saturday 16th March 2024. The second part looks back at the final days of the Arriva buses in service in Guildford during November 2021. The red and cream buses have been a fixture in Guildford for 100 years. Owned by the Newman family they operate three routes across the town. Service 3 to the Bellfields estate and services 4 and 5 to Park Barn and Southway. In 2024 the fleet consisted of 18 coaches, 16 local buses and two Heritage vehicles available for hire namely 644 HAA, a Bedford J2 / Plaxton Embassy coach and 200 APB, an AEC Reliance with a Burlingham B44F body. We begin our filming in the town centre where we see not only the Safeguard buses, but also the dominant operator, Stagecoach South as well as independents Falcon Coaches of West Byfleet, Compass Travel of Worthing and White Bus Company of Windsor. The busy Friary bus station gives us plenty of variety for you to enjoy before our cameras travel to Guildford Cathedral for the main event. In order to get to the cathedral, Safeguard Coaches provided three ‘Free Heritage Routes’ - Route ‘A’ from the bus station, Route ‘B’ from the Park Barn estate and Route ‘C’ from the Onslow Park & Ride site. Buses operating the routes included some from the London Bus Museum at Brooklands, namely RT4779, RF600 and the prototype AEC Regal IV, UMP 227. Friends of King Alfred supplied AEC Renown 595 LCG and Leyland Panther UOU 419H and the Dennis Society provided 178 (HOU 904), a Dennis Lancet in the livery of Aldershot & District. The routes proved so popular that Safeguard had to supply a number of extra buses to keep the crowds moving! All these buses are seen in action on this programme. Our day concludes with a ride to Onslow Park & Ride site on board Safeguard YJ60 LRO, an Optare Versa completing an excellent day, as you will see.

The second part of this DVD programme goes back to November 2021 just before Arriva Southern Counties pulled out of Guildford. Our cameras spent a rather wet and dismal day in the town capturing the buses in service. Arriva had quite an interesting allocation at Guildford, consisting of Mercedes-Benz Citaro, Caetano-bodied Dennis Darts and a number of Optare Versa single-deckers not unlike the ones operated by Safeguard that we also see on this programme. Stagecoach South is also present with a number of ALX400 double-deckers and ADL Enviro200 single-deckers. The day begins with a ride on a ‘Glide’ Park & Ride service from the Spectrum site on board Stagecoach battery-electric 29104 (LJ68 CZD), a BYD ADL Enviro200MMC-EV to the Friary bus station. Our filming locations include Onslow Street, Woodbridge Road, a brief visit to the Arriva bus depot at Leas Road, then further filming on Commercial Road and North Street. As well as the independents mentioned above we film an ADL Enviro200 from Reptons Coaches of Great Bookham also in the town. Our filming concludes with another ride on Stagecoach 29104 back to the Spectrum Park & Ride site.


Produced by - Independent Transport Videos
Duration - TBC minutes approx
Region - 0 (worldwide) PAL
Aspect Ratio - 16:9 Widescreen
DVD only
Released - April 2024

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