1979 FAL 254V
1979 FAL 254V
1979 FAL 254V
1979 FAL 254V

Picking up an elderly couple from an isolated small-holding on West Leake Lane on the way to Loughborough

1979 FAL 254V
1979 FAL 254V
1983 YCH 731Y
1983 YCH 731Y

On Moor Lane Normanton on Soar after leaving for service from the newly built garage

1983 YCH 731Y
1983 YCH 731Y
1985 C611 MRR
1985 C611 MRR
1985 C611 MRR
1985 C611 MRR

Delivery of our new vehicle to the car park of The Plough Inn Sutton Bonington.

1991 H998 VRB
1991 H998 VRB

Robin Riley driving along Victoria Embankment Nottingham for the photo shoot for the NCC 1993 calendar.

1991 H998 VRB
1991 H998 VRB

Parked in Loughborough bus station on the 03 service to Loughborough Market.

2001 X584 GJU
2001 X584 GJU

Launch of the new Mellors vehicle at The Poachers Pub, Sutton Bonington.

2001 X584 GJU
2001 X584 GJU
2005 YNO5 ORG
2005 YNO5 ORG

Our first bus low floor disabled access vehicle, with a ramp rather than steps, at the bottom of Butt Lane Normanton on Soar.

Our History

 

In 1979, when the Rt. Hon. Kenneth Clarke QC MP for the Soar Valley constituency was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, the government was trying to deregulate bus services in order to encourage a wider variety of public transport in response to the withdrawal of commercial operator services from outlying villages and rural areas. It conceived the idea of allowing smaller buses to operate on a flexible local basis, using unpaid volunteers as management committees and drivers. Such a scheme could also act as a social lifeline, keeping local communities alive and thriving. Some authorities thought such an experiment would fail and took some persuading that volunteers could be efficient, organised and safe on the roads.

 

Nearly thirty four years later, instead of failing, our scheme has gone from strength to strength; our services and areas of operation have expanded and our drivers have been able to benefit from attending advanced training schemes. We celebrate the fact that a great many people, by dedicated hard work and commitment, have helped to relieve the disabilities of age and vulnerability and contributed to the quality of life of the whole community.