ALRESFORD’S old minibus has been brought back into work to address a growing demand for the service.
New Alresford Town Trustees (NATT) took the plunge and ordered a new £58,000 Mercedes Sprinter minibus in March, as the old bus, having clocked up 102,000 miles and 5,000 journeys in eight years, had begun to show its age.
The older bus has now been refurbished and resprayed by Spraytek at Fareham and, according to trustee, Pam Stevens, “looks as good as new in a highway yellow paint with the Town Trust logo on the front”.
Some residents prefer the old bus so it has been in constant use and hired out for outings by the Wine Circle, Alresford Historical Society, Mothers Union, Ropley Fellowship and many other private events.
As well as providing a second vehicle for use within the community, the old bus will provide cover for any breakdown or servicing of the new vehicle that will be required in future.
Mrs Stevens added: “NATT Treasurer and chairman Robin Atkins is confident in recouping the refurbishment cost of £2,600 within the next 12 months, and hopes that the old minibus will last a further three years.”
However, while some hirers provide their own qualified drivers, “the main problem at the moment is a lack of volunteer drivers,” said Mrs Stevens.
• Anyone who wants to hire the minibus, or to find out more about becoming a volunteer driver, should call Pam Stevens on 01962 734861 or send an email enquiry to: email@example.com