There are two developments that are likely to impact the Guildford Bus System.
Arriva have announced that they are withdrawing from serving the Guildford area and closing their bus garage on St Mary’s Rd. Surrey County Council (who control Bus Services not GBC) have agreed with Stagecoach to operate a modified version of the Arriva Routes.
The changes are:
Arriva Service A will cease
34/35/134/135 - Taken over by Stagecoach with increased service on Saturdays. All journeys numbered 34 or 35
36/37 - Withdrawn – See Stagecoach services 1 and 6 below.
47 - Taken over by Stagecoach
53 - Taken over by Stagecoach with increased service on Saturdays
63 - Taken over by Stagecoach
91 - Taken over by Stagecoach with increased service on Saturdays and Sundays
Stagecoach launch modified or new services
1 (Guildford) - Extended daily from Guildford town centre to Epsom Road and Merrow (Bushy Hill Drive) to partly replace Arriva services 36/37. This will give a through service across Guildford to the station, hospital, and university.
6 - New daily service from Guildford town centre via London Road, Burpham and Glendale Drive to Merrow Park, to partly replace Arriva services 36/37
Stagecoach also appear to be negotiation to be acquired by National Express so bus colours in Guildford could be subject to change.
The recent Government paper on ‘Bus Back Better’ see link below asked for local authorities to propose plans to improve Bus Services within an environment where councils have more control as proposed in the ‘Bus Back Better’ paper. Surrey County Council have agreed a Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) for submission to the government.
The BSIP will act as a key component to secure part of the £3bn funding allocated to Bus Back Better by Government to improve services. Funding obtained will depend on how the Department for Transport judges the ambition contained in the BSIP submitted by each local authority. Key Points of the BSIP as presented to Surrey County Council are detailed below:
The full Draft BSIP is below
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