Passengers who use the Bexhill Community Bus service will soon have the chance to travel in style and climb aboard a luxurious new Mercedes Benz ‘Sprinter’ minibus,
The new bus is the volunteer-run organisation’s 13th vehicle since it began running a local bus service for the benefit of Bexhill residents in 1980.
The ‘Sprinter’ minibus cost over £60,000 and complies with the latest EU regulations on low-floor access for minibuses.
Manager of the Bexhill Community Bus, Ian Harris, says the new vehicle is a welcome addition to their fleet. “We are delighted with the new bus and it will go in to service as soon as it has received the appropriate signage and our drivers have undergone the necessary familiarisation, “ he said.
“The bus has a number of new features, the main one being the access step which is lower than our earlier vehicles and should make it much easier for our passengers.”
Bexhill Community Bus is a registered charity and is run entirely by around fifty local volunteers, which include drivers, conductors and office staff. It operates a timetabled service on 4 routes in and around Bexhill, providing a regular bus service to those parts of the town and outskirts that are not served by commercial operators Monday to Saturday throughout the year (except Bank Holidays).
Ian said many people don’t realise that the service is open to all. “It is a common misconception that the service is only available to senior citizens,” he said. “This is not so and the organisation would like to stress that it is available to everyone.”
The charity also offer a Private Hire service to local charities such as Day Centres and Friends of the Elderly.
Anyone who may like to get involved and become a volunteer, or for more information about the Community Bus including, timetables, history and photos of all its past vehicles, visit the website at: www.bexhillcommunitybus.co.uk