Ryde Bus Garage pictured in 1982. Picture courtesy of Richard Newman.
THE Isle of Wight Bus and Coach Museum is on the move after buying its own building — a closed bus garage.
Contracts were exchanged last week between the museum trustees and the Go Ahead property board for the former Southern Vectis bus depot in Park Road, Ryde.
The pre-war building will be adapted to house the collection of buses, coaches and associated memorabilia ready for the 2015 season.
The long-awaited news was revealed by museum chairman Steve Cook to members and volunteers attending the charity’s annual meeting in Newport on Saturday (17).
However, for this season, the leased Newport Quay building, a former timber and grain store, will continue to house the collection while Ryde depot is made suitable for its new role.
Mr Cook said: "The acquisition marks the culmination of 18 years’ hard work on the part of past and present committee members.
"The museum was lucky to lease the Newport building from the council 18 years ago although it had always hoped to secure a building of its own.
"Finding a covered location with headroom for double-deckers had been no easy task."
For more on this story, please see the Isle of Wight County Press on Friday, May 23.