Bus depot plan

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Plans are underway to acquire the former First depot in Harwich, Essex, as a classic bus storage and restoration centre. The EN Bus Group, which is behind the venture, is negotiating to sign a five-year lease on the building, which has space for around 10 vehicles.

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Chairman Wayne Bell, a driver for First Essex and owner of three preserved buses said: “It’s always difficult to find good storage for buses and this building is ideal. In addition it’s historic in its own right and there is a lot of interest locally. First have been very supportive.” The scheme is also backed by Harwich Historical Society.

First closed the depot in 2013 but continued to park buses on the forecourt. Anyone interested in becoming involved with the plans for the depot should contact Wayne on 07577 966692.