A ‘buggy zone’ has been created as part of a programme to convert some older buses in the Reading Buses fleet to give more space for buggies. .
Five vehicles are being re-seated to provide a separate space for buggies on one side, and a specified space for wheelchairs on the other.
The first two rows of forward-facing seats on the right hand side have been replaced by a buggy zone with three flip-up seats, while the wheelchair space no longer has flip-up seats. The work, carried out by Hants and Dorset Trim, costs 2,000 per bus.
â€œThis arrangement considerably increases the available space without reducing the seating capacity by too much,â€ says Reading Buses CEO James Freeman.
â€œWe gave very careful thought before carrying out the conversion as it does cost a considerable amount of money.
â€œBuggy users and standees can occupy the wheelchair space when there is nobody in a wheelchair using it. But because there is no seat, people are less likely to ‘take root’ there and refuse to move if a wheelchair user boards the bus.â€