Retired double-decker bus to be transformed into a homeless shelter

This redundant double-decker bus is to be made into a homeless shelter Credit: BPM

A double-decker bus due to be scrapped is to be transformed into a homeless shelter.

The vehicle, which has been donated by National Express after 19 years of service, will be put in locations in central Birmingham to help tackle homelessness.

The redundant double-decker - currently located in Stratford-upon-Avon - will be given a £50,000 facelift, paid for by donations.

All 75 seats will be ripped out and replaced with beds to accommodate nine rough sleepers. A food preparation area, eating space, private consultation room, toilet and shower will also be included.

The project has been created by members of Birmingham's Rotary Club.

We adapted it slightly as we wanted it to be mobile and we wanted to do it in Birmingham because of the sheer number of rough sleepers in the city. There are so many services on offer to help the homeless in Birmingham, but this will be the only mobile shelter we know of.

Luca Buratti, Rotary Shelter Bus project

Renovation work will take around six weeks, the double decker will then be brought back to the city for use as a shelter.

Trustees behind the Rotary Shelter Bus project will soon meet with Birmingham City Council officials to discuss the project.

This redundant double-decker bus is to be made into a homeless shelter Credit: BPM

We were delighted to be able to offer Rotary Shelter Bus one of our redundant vehicles to enable them to convert it into a homeless shelter.

National Express spokesman

Previously, redundant vehicles were donated to local schools who went on the convert the buses into classrooms, libraries and activity centres.