As first reported by Island Echo back in April 2013, the Scania double-decker bus owned and operated by the Island’s bus company burst into flames whilst traveling through Sandown. As the bus made its way along Avenue Road a fire broke out in the engine compartment, ripping through the rear of the vehicle. Thankfully, all passengers escaped injury.
Determined all was not lost, engineers at Southern Vectis’ Newport depot have spent the last 24 months rebuilding the vehicle whilst also converting it to an open-top bus to run on the Island Breezer routes.
All seasonal routes including the Downs Breezer and the Needles Breezer are running. In addition, there are additional buses running on Route 8 with a bus every half an hour from Newport to Sandown between Monday and Saturday, with a special day return fare of £7.