Fund gives green light to bus buys

WATBus Transport Manager Lynn McIntosh (left) receives the keys to one of the new buses from Rio Tinto Regional Economic Development Assistant Joanne Hannay.
WATBus Transport Manager Lynn McIntosh (left) receives the keys to one of the new buses from Rio Tinto Regional Economic Development Assistant Joanne Hannay.

A CHARITY waits for a bus and then three come along at once.

Community transport group WATbus has added three new vehicles to its fleet thanks to a £60,000 donation from the Rio Tinto Legacy Fund.

The service operates mini-buses across the region to fill transport gaps for communities. Last year it clocked up more than 116,000 miles and transported more than 30,000 passengers.

Rio Tinto has funded one new bus, two re-conditioned vehicles and driver uniforms, as well as new IT equipment.

WATbus Transport Manager Lynn McIntosh said: “Demand for our services is at an all-time high so these new buses couldn’t have arrived at a better time. Like everyone else, we’ve waited for a bus and now three have come along at once.”

Since the closure of Lynemouth smelter in March last year Rio Tinto has donated more than £520,000 to good causes through its Legacy Fund.