BUS operator Salisbury Reds, who are planning a Vintage Bus Day on Sunday 5th January to mark the end of more than 70 years of bus operations at Salisbury bus station and fundraise for the hospital’s Stars Appeal, have confirmed that a modern New Bus For London will be available on routes in the city.
Salisbury Red’s operations manager Andrew Sherrington says that it will be a rare opportunity to see a New Bus For London outside of the capital city: “Introduced by Transport For London in February 2012, the open rear platform is designed to evoke memories of the classic Routemaster bus. It will be fantastic to see this modern example of bus design, with its latest green diesel-electric hybrid technology, running through Salisbury alongside the oldest bus, an 1939 Bristol K5G.”
Between 10am and 4pm, families will be able to travel on a selection of old vehicles on four special routes passing the city’s park and ride sites to the bus station and make donations as they travel free to support the charity. Souvenir programmes will also be on sale to boost the fundraising total.
Go South Coast, part of the Go Ahead Group which owns Salisbury Reds and other bus and coach operations in Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight, has pledged to double the final total raised for the Stars Appeal.
Over 10 vintage and historic buses are expected from across the country. More information and updates on the Vintage Bus day can be found by visiting www.salisburyreds.co.uk or from bus station staff.