From Wight to Zambia

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A Go-Ahead vehicle has completed its journey from the Isle of Wight to Lusaka in Zambia for use in training drivers to improve the safety of public transport journeys in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Irizar Century-bodied Scania, numbered 7175 when with the Southern Vectis fleet, was donated to transport charity Transaid, which provides driving and maintenance training across Africa. The coach travelled for over a month and covered 4,900 miles by road and sea. It reached the Lusaka International Training Centre (ITC) in Zambia in December and was officially unveiled at a launch event last month.

The Zambian government-backed training centre trains thousands of drivers a year; Transaid trained 1,435 drivers at the ITC between April 2020 and March 2021. Go-Ahead’s Managing Director for Business Development Martin Dean said: “We’re delighted to donate our second vehicle to the Lusaka Training Centre. Our work with Transaid is so important for us to help the wider transport community. Road traffic accidents are the third highest cause of death in Zambia and driver training is vitally important.”

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