FRIENDS of King Alfred Buses (FoKAB) has confirmed details of the services it will operate in Winchester on New Year’s Day.

Whilst in keeping with the policy of recent years, the main Running Day will be on the May Day Holiday, Monday May 6, a smaller operation involving several King Alfred vehicles will again take place on Tuesday January 1.

This will maintain a long-established tradition and provide a service for the many supporters who would still like to travel on these historic buses on this day. As usual, the bus services will be centred on the Broadway and will operate between approximately 9am-4.30pm.

Also planned is a free vintage bus service to/from Southampton with Hants & Dorset Bristol Lodekka 1577 and departing at 9.45am and 2.45pm from Winchester Broadway to Southampton, returning from Southampton Civic Centre Road at 10.45am and 3.45pm.

Passengers from the Southampton area wanting an earlier arrival in Winchester should note that Bluestar Service 1 will operate a special service at normal fares. The first journey leaves Southampton Hanover Buildings at 7.25am, the next at 9.10am then hourly through the day. Stagecoach will run a Sunday timetable.

A full King Alfred timetable will be available and copies may be obtained in advance by post from: David Morgan, 34 High Street, Nutfield, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 4HQ, 01737 823436.

Price: £2 (Cheques payable to Friends of King Alfred Buses).

FoKAB is a registered charity dedicated to preserving King Alfred buses and coaches and the memory of King Alfred Motor Services which provided Winchester’s local bus services between 1920 and 1973. It has over 30 years’ experience of giving nostalgic rides on its fleet of 14 restored heritage buses.