Guildford bus operator Countryliner goes into administration
By mattcollison | Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 11:03
CONTRACTS with bus service provider Countryliner have been terminated after the company went into administration.
Coaches Excetera, Abellio Surrey and Stagecoach has taken over services run by Countryliner after it went into administration.
With effect from today (Wednesday October 10) Surrey County Council (SCC)has terminated all services the operator ran on behalf of the authority.
From today Abellio Surrey has taken over the 10 Guildford to Merrow via Boxgrove Park service and Stagecoach has taken over the 46 Aldershot to Guildford via Elstead route.
Coaches Excetera is running the 24 Guildford to Cranleigh via Birtley route and the 25 Guildford to Cranleigh via Gomshall service.
School bus passes and season tickets purchased from Countryliner, including weekly and monthly tickets, will be accepted by the new operators until their expiry, without further charge.
It is not yet confirmed which bus operator is taking over the 479 Epsom to Guildford via Leatherhead service, although SCC said Countryliner stated they will run the service for today (October 10).
Countryliner has been unavailable for comment since it was announced the company had gone into administration.
A SCC spokeswoman said: "With effect from Wednesday October 10 2012, Surrey County Council has terminated all contracts for the provision of local bus services that Countryliner runs on behalf of the authority.
"To safeguard the interests of the travelling public, alternative operators have been engaged from 10 October, to continue all the services with the current routes and timetables.
"From information received, the council feels that Countryliner is no longer in a position to run these services to the required standards."