FoKAB Winchester vintage bus display

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Following the success of the King Alfred running day on 1 January 2020, the Friends of King Alfred Buses (FoKAB) has confirmed its plans for Saturday 19 September 2020 as part of Winchester’s Heritage Open Days.

Participation in Heritage Open Days has become an annual event for FoKAB and this year it aims to display as many as possible of its collection of rare and historic buses and coaches. This will take place at the Cattle Market car park in Worthy Lane, Winchester between 1000hrs and 1600hrs, and will consist of up to 12 vehicles, ranging in age from 1931 to 1970.

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To meet ‘Covid-secure’ requirements it will not be possible to offer free vintage bus rides or internal viewing of vehicles but instead FoKAB will run a cavalcade of vehicles starting from the Cattle Market at 1600hrs. It will pass through City Road at 1605hrs, the Broadway at 1610hrs then via St George’s Street to Romsey Road (1615hrs), Chilbolton Avenue (1620hrs) and finally Andover Road (1625hrs).  Individual vehicles will also circulate through the city centre every half hour or so during the day so as to be seen in their natural setting.

FoKAB reminds potential visitors that all timings are approximate and subject to traffic conditions, and that in line with all Heritage Open Days events available to visit in person, arrangements are subject to any coronavirus restrictions that may be put in place by national or local Government.

Seen at a previous display in 2013, FoKAB will show as many of its vehicles as possible during Winchester’s Heritage Open Days event on 19 September. RAY STENNING