Thursday, 21st March 2013
Mini bus for Mount Alvernia
A new mini bus has been purchased for the daily operation of services to Mount Alvernia following representations about the need for a bus service to Mount Alvernia, as many who visit the residents are elderly themselves.
The Ministry for Public Transport together with the Gibraltar Bus Company Ltd made the announcement yesterday, the Minister responsible for Public Transport Neil Costa said: “My Government is fully committed to the renewal of the aging fleet of the Bus Company with ECO Friendly Buses, as previously announced in Parliament.”
“Due to delays of spares of one of the older mini buses, it has been necessary to purchase this new Ford Transit Minibus which has been in service on the Mt Alvernia route and Both Worlds route since March 4,” he adds.
Last year the Bus Company made arrangements to introduce bus route No 7 and an existing bus was used pending the acquisition of a new vehicle.
The Mini Bus was purchased from local dealer Lucas Imossi Motors Ltd and its emissions conform to EU Regulation 80/1268/EEC, as amended.
It has undergone some modifications to meet the logistics of the service and is equipped with seat belts for the safety of passengers.
Speaking about the new bus the Minister for Equality and Social Services, Samantha Sacramento said: “The route is used by some residents but mostly by their relatives and visitors, many of whom now visit more frequently. It also helps members of staff, given that there is very little parking available at Mount Alvernia.”
“The initial route was reviewed and extended following consultation between the Ministry for Transport, the Gibraltar Bus Company and the Care Agency. We have received nothing but positive feedback since the introduction of this much needed service which is now enhanced with the provision of a brand new bus,” she adds.