The Big Burnley Bus Bash at Queensgate Bus Depot

The Big Burnley Bus Bash at Queensgate Bus Depot

The countdown is on to Burnley’s big free family day out of the summer, as one of East Lancashire’s leading bus operator throws open its doors for a very special fun and fundraising party.

The Burnley Bus Bash event will be at the Queensgate Bus Depot in Burnley, on Sunday 23 July 2017 between 10am and 4pm – and organisers are promising a packed day of family fun with something to amaze and entertain all the family, with live music and dancing to free rides through the bus wash!

Parent company Transdev is investing £4.5 million in a fleet of 30 top-of-the-range new buses for its Mainline network – the bus firm’s biggest-ever investment in Lancashire – and the first of the stunning new vehicles will take centre stage at the big Burnley event.

There’ll be live music and dancing, stalls, displays and a funfair, vintage bus rides between Burnley Bus Station and the Queensgate Bus Depot, and even a bar serving beer brewed specially for the occasion – and every penny raised will go to the bus firm’s adopted charity in 2017, Help for Heroes.

The event will also launch a new name in public transport for East Lancashire – The Burnley Bus Company – which will soon be a familiar sight on the area’s roads.

The Burnley Bus Company’s General Manager Steve Ottley says: “We’ve got something for all the family, from youngsters to grans and granddads – we’re really excited about the line-up for what promises to be the biggest and best family fun day in Burnley this summer!

“This great event is our way of saying thank you to the people of East Lancashire who travel with us every day.

“It’s also a chance to get up close and personal with the first of our 30 amazing new buses for our Burnley Mainline network – each packed with passenger-friendly features inspired by our far-reaching ‘Make My Mainline’ market research programme, which attracted hundreds of suggestions from our customers.

“There’ll be vintage buses to tell the story of decades of proud service to the people of Burnley and Pendle – and lots to keep the whole family entertained, from trips through the bus wash to chances to snap a selfie in the driving seat of one of our super new Burnley Mainline buses.

Many buses and coaches which served Lancashire over the years are now in preservation, and organisers of the Burnley Bus Bash event have lined up a selection of the Red Rose County’s finest to create a display reflecting the proud past and amazing future of transport in and around the town.

Tom Harrison

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