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A man from Durham has transformed his Fiat Seicento into a miniature school bus.

Chris Atkinson, a bus driver for Arriva, will travel from Scotland to Cornwall to help raise vital funds for The Special Care Baby Unit at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary.

The ‘bus’ is painted Arriva blue, with the matching checkered seats and even has a ‘Sorry Not in Service’ sign for when it’s taking a well-earned rest.

The charity is very close to Chris’s heart, as his son Kieran was born 3 months premature. Staff at the RVI provided lifesaving care to Kieran and he is now a healthy young boy


Witnesses sought after man knocked over by bus

Durham Police are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed an incident involving a bus, on Monday (July 28). A man suffered serious injuries after he was knocked over by a bus in Durham.

The incident happened just before 3pm when the 62-year-old was crossing North Road in front of the bus station. The man, from Hetton-le-Hole, was airlifted to the RVI hospital in Newcastle where he remains with serious chest injuries.

His condition has been described as stable.

GNAA lands outside Durham Cathedral airlift critically ill patient. Credit: GNAA

Stanley bus driver: "child thought I might be dead"

One of the drivers involved in the Stanley bus crash on Tuesday (June 3) has spoken about how one of the children on board thought he might be dead.

54-year-old Paul Stephenson of Annfield Plain was driving the Go North double decker. He was trapped for more than two hours.

Mr Stephenson has been discharged from hospital today (June 6). He sustained injures to his head and knee.

Classmates of tragic Matthew to be given counselling

Tributes at the spot where Matthew Hayes died Credit: ITV News

Classmates of Matthew Hayes will be offered counselling and support as they return to school today for the first time since the youngster's death.

The 12 year old was knocked over and killed by a bus while making his way home from Venerable Bede Church of England Academy on Friday.

Investigations are continuing to find out exactly how it happened.


Full Report: Bus drivers given training to help the blind

Buses provide a lifeline for many people who are blind or partially sighted and if driving is impossible, buses can be the only way to travel around.

However, catching a bus and knowing where to get off can be incredibly difficult and bus drivers are now being offered training to help them know how to help those boarding their buses.

Watch the full report from Julia Barthram below.

Bus company welcomes training to help visually impaired passengers

Nick Knox, Arriva North East, agreed to allow the RNIB to carry out training with bus drivers. The drivers met with blind and partially sighted people to hear the problems they face when they use buses.

Drivers also wore special glasses to simulate different visual impairments. It enabled them to find out for themselves how difficult it can be to board a bus, find a seat and get off at the right stop without help.

Bus drivers hear the problems of their visually impaired passengers

Linda Oliver, Engagement Officer for Guide Dogs, explains the problems that can face bus passengers who are visually impaired. Without help from the driver it can be impossible to know if they are boarding the right bus or getting off at the right stop.

Guide Dogs and the RNIB are calling for all buses to be fitted with audio visual announcements. Until that happens they are offering training to bus companies, so that drivers know the simple things they can do to help passengers who are blind or partially sighted.

Bus drivers get a taste of life for visually impaired passengers

A bus driver tries goggles which simulate tunnel vision Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Bus drivers in Newcastle have been given training to help them help visually impaired passengers. The training was organised by the Royal National Institute of Blind People after it discovered how many of its members struggle when using buses.

Bus drivers boarded buses to find out how difficult it can be with impaired vision Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The RNIB hopes to provide training and advice to all bus companies, to ensure that drivers know what kind of help they should offer. Buses are a lifeline for people with visual impairments but seeing the right bus coming, finding a seat and knowing when the right stop is can be very difficult.

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