Bus company recalls vehicles following Winchester bus fire

Hampshire Chronicle: Picture by Tom Balme Picture by Tom Balme

A BLAZE that saw 45 people fleeing a bus has led to further concerns about the company’s vehicles.

Velvet buses has confirmed they have checked five buses of the same model to that of the number 67 that caught fire on route to Winchester from Alresford yesterday (January 13).

Velvet bosses are concerned the other vehicles may have similar faults.

Managing director, Phil Stockley, confirmed that extra checks were necessary to ensure no further incidents occurred.

“We’ve brought the others in to make sure everything is in working order to hopefully avoid any such incident happening again,” he said. We’ve put on another bus to replace the one damaged yesterday so that the service can continue.

“All buses are inspected every four weeks but we brought in the ones of the same batch to carry out additional checks.”

Mr Stockley confirmed no faults had been found and that no services had to be suspended while checks were carried out.

The vehicle quickly became engulfed in flames after the bus was evacuated at Martyr Worthy at approximately 7.45am.

No one was hurt.

Mr Stockley thanked his driver who tried to tackle the blaze himself with an extinguisher after he was alerted to the fire by a student on her way to Peter Symonds College.

“Mr Stubbs is a very experienced driver, one of the first when the company first started, and is a professional to the end.”

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