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Planes, trains and automobiles may all slow down on Christmas Day, but there is one part of the UK where a comprehensive bus service will be in operation.
Southern Vectis, part of The Go-Ahead Group, will run a comprehensive bus service across the Isle of Wight on December 25.
The island is one of the only parts of the UK to see normal transport run throughout the festive season, allowing residents to visit friends and family, get to work and those full of festive spirit to travel home safely.
The operator began running a few Christmas Day buses in 2008 and has gradually increased its services. Drivers sign-up for the festive shifts, and this year Southern Vectis was over-subscribed with drivers eager to don their Santa hats and festive jumpers before getting behind the wheel.
Andrew Wickham, Managing Director of Southern Vectis, said: “People on the Isle of Wight appreciate being able to get around on Christmas Day whether it’s to visit family, see friends or simply get out of the house for some fresh air. Passengers really appreciate the service, with many bringing sweet treats on board for our hard-working drivers.”
“Our services demonstrate the benefits of locally managed, commercial bus services which are able to react to meet the needs of local people. I pay tribute to my colleagues who work on Christmas Day to provide this essential service.”
Go-Ahead’s south coast operation will also run services in Southampton and across the region. Key routes - such as Southampton’s flagship Bluestar 1 – will be diverted to travel through smaller towns and villages. The popular Bluestar 18 will be extended to encompass local hospitals on their routes, ensuring that people with mobility issues, or lack of access to other vehicles, are able to visit friends and family in hospital, or farther afield on the big day. This same initiative will run on the M1 and M2 Morebus operations in Bournemouth and Poole, which will be extended to cover The Royal Bournemouth Hospital and Christchurch.
This article first appeared on www.focustransport.org
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