More than 92 years ago Safeguard Coaches set up business in Guildford, the county town of Surrey – and today it is still setting the pace with an operation that runs both local bus services and private hire vehicles.
The multiple award-winning family business – and current UK Independent Bus Operator of the Year – has a modern fleet of 38 vehicles, the latest addition being a Plaxton Leopard coach, which joined their impressive line-up this week.
Andrew Halliday, Managing Director, commented: “Our aim is to provide a first-class service and to build on the reputation of a business that has been part of the Surrey transport infrastructure for the best part of a century, serving the people, schools and businesses of Guildford, Farnham, Woking, Weybridge, Godalming, Cranleigh and beyond.
“This is the second new Plaxton Leopard to join our fleet in the past year. Like its counter-part it is a 12.8m 70-seat coach, which we find ideal for school work, airport runs and day trips. The Leopard is a workhorse that combines style with performance and complements our fleet perfectly.”
Safeguard’s new Plaxton Leopard is built on a B8R Volvo chassis, powered by a D8K 7.7 litre, 350bhp EGR Euro6, in-line six-cylinder engine with a Volvo I-Shift automated transmission. It also has full air suspension, I-start duel battery system, Thermo King roof-mounted climate control system, Alcoa alloy wheels and disk brakes all round, plus an eight-camera CCTV system.