Stagecoach has a new base in Surrey, having recently moved into new premises in Peasmarsh, just south of Guildford.
On Thursday, June 4, 2015, the Deputy Mayor of Guildford, Cllr Gordon Jackson, joined Regional Managing Director for Stagecoach, Andrew Dyer and the depot team to officially open the new bus depot site.
Speaking at the launch, Cllr Gordon Jackson said: “I am delighted to open this splendid facility, which will greatly assist Stagecoach in providing the excellent Park & Ride services and other local routes lin and around Guildford.”
The new facility, which was previously home to a venetian blinds business, became operational from Sunday, May 24, 2015. It is home to 31 buses and employs 72 staff. Nestled within an industrial estate, the new facility is comprised of a bus maintenance workshop, offices and staff rooms, including a control room to monitor the bus services across South Surrey. Land adjacent to the depot building will house the depot fleet.
Andrew Dyer said: “We’re committed to delivering the best services for our customers, and providing the best operating environment for our staff. The location of the new depot site will help to deliver bus services across the Guildford and South Surrey area, including the popular Guildford Park & Ride service.”
The new depot means promotion and a new challenge for Trevor Jones, who was previously based at Exeter as Assistant Operations Manager and has 26 years industry experience.
Moving from the more established Aldershot depot, Trevor was able to oversee the relocation of the South Surrey bus network from Aldershot and a previous operational base at Haslemere.
Trevor said: “One of my biggest challenges to date had been managing the transition to the new depot and assisting staff while they get used to the new facilities and duties. We have had great support from the team, and for the customers it’s been business as usual.”