GVVT celebrates buying its premises

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The Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust (GVVT) has completed the purchase of its premises at Bridgetown Bus Garage and will be celebrating at an open weekend on 10-11 October – with strict conditions in place.

The building opened as a Glasgow Corporation bus depot in 1965 and has been latterly owned by City Property (Investments), an arm’s length operation of the local council.

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GVVT Chairman Steven Booth said: “This is such good news for the Trust. We have always thought that ownership of the building represented the best option for our long-term future and in doing so provides a secure home for the large collection of vehicles.

“It is a building made for looking after buses and other large vehicles. It is steeped in transport heritage as it represents the last bus garage in the city built by Glasgow Corporation. It is ideal for our purposes to continue the work we are doing and to develop our concept of creating a ‘working museum’ for visitors to enjoy.”

Around 130 buses and coaches including five owned by Glasgow City council are housed at the mus

eum. The building purchase was made possible by donations, grants and loans, including one from the Royal Bank of Scotland Social & Community Capital.

The purchase also offers security for the museum’s ‘Back on the Road’ social inclusion programme, which has been operating for more than 15 years helping those who are recovering from addiction problems allowing them to gain new skills to improve their chances of employment.


GVVT Chairman Steven Booth signs the papers to purchase Bridgetown Bus Garage, witnessed by the trust’s solicitor Ian Allan. PHIL HALEWOOD