Advent calendar - 4 December: The Harting Bus
…is our Member of the Month!
The Harting Bus is operated by Harting Minibus Community Interest Company and we are one of the oldest community transport companies in the country. We started in 1973 with a yellow bus called, “Daffodil” and we are about to take delivery of our newest bus, a 16-seater Fiat Ducato. We are also running a competition to name the new bus as we write – watch this space!
The Harting Bus provides scheduled runs to Petersfield, Chichester and Midhurst from our Parish of Harting on the Sussex / Hampshire borders and is a vital life-line to many in our villages. We also run excursions and day-trips to places such as Goodwood and to Brighton and Hove Greyhound Racing and lay on special Christmas Excursions to Supermarkets and Christmas Markets. The buses are used to take the senior school children to school in Petersfield during the term time, and, in doing so we save thousands of car journeys each year. Our buses are available for private hire to members of our Parish when they are not being used for our scheduled runs, school runs and excursions!
Everyone involved in The Harting Bus is a volunteer and last year our buses travelled over 21,000 miles. Our team of 30 drivers volunteered for over 1,600 hours and our volunteer maintenance crew spent over 400 hours ensuring our buses were safe and legal.