A POPULAR youth bus has temporarily stopped its services as organisers work to replace the ageing vehicle.
The Rock Bus, owned by the Methodist Circuit in Wigan, travels around the borough at various venues, allowing youngsters aged eight to 17 to jump on board, where there are a range of activities, including computers, Wii consoles, games and a music centre.
But as the vehicle is deemed no longer fit for purpose, mainly due to problems with the bodywork, the Methodist Circuit has temporarily stopped the service.
Trustee members are now busy working out new ways of funding to replace the bus and resume services as soon as possible,
Rev Rachel Deigh, superintendent minister at Wigan Methodist Circuit, said: “The current Rock Bus is no longer fit for purpose so we, as the Methodist Church in Wigan, are pausing to reassess the work and to look for the best way forward.”
The bus began its life more than eight years ago as a church-based project aimed at removing children from the streets and tackling anti social behaviour.
Councillor Jim Ellis said he was disappointed the bus had temporarily ceased running, as it was a successful project in his Hindley ward and hopes a replacement will arrive soon.
He said: “After many years of faithful service, the bus has reached the end of its useful life. The problems with the bodywork have lead to this decision although I don’t believe the bus itself will be scrapped.
“The effect on youngsters left a deep impression on me and the project has been very successful in Hindley. It gives youngsters something to do and keeps them off the streets.
“So we should try and make an effort to get funding to put another bus on.”