Competition in Surrey
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DIRECT competition between Surrey independent Tillingbourne Bus and National Bus subsidiary Alder Valley has broken out between Guildford and Cranleigh in Surrey.
The two companies have agreed not to object to each others' applications for services on the corridor, following failure to agree on a transfer of services from Alder Valley to Tillingbourne as recommended in the Guildford-Cranleigh bus service last year.
Negotiations following the study have led to agreements on the transfer of some operations to independents Safeguard Services and Blue Saloon Coaches in the Guildford city area and alterations between Tillingbourne and London Country in the area between Guildford and Dorking, where Tillingbourne is operating a "villager" minibus service.
But failure to make an agreement on the Guildford to Cranleigh routes means there will be competition on the road despite the fact that Surrey County Council is withdrawing all subsidies from services in the area. Alder Valley previously received subsidy for the services it is now prepared to continue commercially.