Reading buses to have a ‘buggy zone’

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The first two rows of forward-facing seats on the right hand side have been replaced by a buggy zone with three flip-up seats, while the wheelchair space no longer has flip-up seats.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.

“This arrangement considerably increases the available space without reducing the seating capacity by too much,” says Reading Buses CEO James Freeman.

“We gave very careful thought before carrying out the conversion as it does cost a considerable amount of money.

“Buggy 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.”