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Blast from the past: Last surviving bus to be restored

Video. It carried thousands of passengers to and from work, dates back to before the war and used to be a familiar sight in the streets of Medway.

The Chatham Traction bus played a key role in our history and today, only one from the fleet survives. But thanks to a group of enthusiasts and a lottery grant, the bus will be restored. Nashreen Issa reports.

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On the buses for a taste of nostalgia

All aboard for a touch of nostalgia Credit: Stagecoach

Visitors to Eastbourne’sseafront will see a blast from the past today as Stagecoach launch aclassic bus service numbered route 110.

The new service will follow a circular route from the Sovereign Centre to the theatres via Eastbourne Pier and Terminus Road and will use a restored 1950 AEC Regal single decker and a 1967 Leyland PD2 double decker with an open rear platform.

The service, which will have a driver and a conductor, is part of Stagecoach’s year long celebration of the 110th anniversary of bus services in Eastbourne. The company has also pledged 10p from every ticket sale to St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

Task force to reduce trouble on the buses

The attacks have not resulted in any injuries - so far, but are being taken very seriously. Bluestar and First buses have reported trouble, with Bluestar forced to temporarily suspend services in the area due to the attacks, which have been carried out over the last three weeks.

Hampshire Police say they are taking the attacks very seriously and that they have made one arrest and expect to make further arrests shortly. A spokesperson said they urge anyone who has witnessed any crimes to contact them immediately.

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Dorset train fire - Network Rail statement

"We can confirm that there was a fire between the conductor rail and the shoe gear beneath the 05.55 train from Weymouth to London Waterloo earlier this morning.

"None of the 20 passengers or staff on board were injured in the incident and the train crew quickly extinguished the small fire.

"Emergency services were called as a precaution. The problem with the shoe gear was at the front of the train and as a precaution two passengers were moved to the rear coach of the train where the other customers were seated.

"A bus replacement service was put in place between between Dorchester South and Weymouth while the train was moved and normal services were running by just after 9am.

"We would like to apologise to our passengers for any inconvenience caused."

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