IT’S nothing like your usual school bus.
That was the reaction after a team of workers from Blackpool created a limousine-style lounge inside a former Stagecoach bus.
Staff at The BusWorks, based on South Shore Business Park, Burton Road, Marton, have completed a three month project to transform the vehicle.
It will now start a new life for the Message Trust, which works with hard-to-reach young people in schools, communities and prisons in Greater Manchester as part of the UK-wide Eden Network.
The upgrade includes a multi-media entertainment area on the upper deck.
Stagecoach donated the bus to the Message Trust for the project to replace an older vehicle.
Other funds were raised through church organisations and community groups throughout the North West.
Managing director of The BusWorks Philip Higgs said: “We felt young people could be engaged by a bright and contemporary limo style vehicle whereas the upper deck features wifi computers, X-Box games consoles, a music room and even a nail boutique.
“The BusWorks has grown from small beginnings to employing 10 local people and the business supports the transport preservation charity, the Lancastrian Transport Trust.”
Julie Mason, who has project managed the bus for the Message Trust, added: “The BusWorks has been a genius in capturing our vision and delivering it.”
Following delivery, the bus has gone straight into regular use after its official launch earlier this week.
The BusWorks was set up in 2007 as a bus restoration and refurbishment centre and is part of a Community Interest Company (CIC).