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Friends of King Alfred appeals for new depot space

The Friends of King Alfred Buses (FoKAB) is in sudden and urgent need of new accommodation for many of its unique collection of Winchester buses and is appealing for help from anyone who can help.

 

Most unexpectedly, FoKAB has been asked to quit by the end of 2020 the location outside the city where many of its vehicles have been accommodated safely for the best part of 20 years. The heritage buses and coaches kept on the site will therefore have to find new undercover parking space if they are to remain available to be enjoyed by all as they have for the past 35 years. “This will not be easy,” it says, “given that quite a large space – or a series of smaller spaces – will be needed.”

 

An undercover site near Winchester is needed. Otherwise it warns that its carefully restored vehicles — the oldest dating from 1931 — would quickly deteriorate parked outdoors, even if such outdoor space were available. “To store them away from the city would seriously hinder or even prevent the ability to stage events recreating the days of King Alfred Motor Services in Winchester,” it says.

 

It is inviting anyone who can help either to email info@kingalfredbuses.org.uk or phone FoKAB secretary David Morgan on 01737 823436.

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