A double decker bus destined for the scrap heap has been saved and will instead be turned into a homeless shelter.

The bus, which is currently in Stratford-Upon-Avon, was in service for 19 years before it was donated by National Express, ITVreports.

It has 75 seats, which will be taken out and replaced with beds enough for nine rough sleepers, as well as a cooking area.

The price for such a renovation is £50,000 and will be paid for by donations from Birmingham’s Rotary Club.

The whole thing will take six weeks. When it is complete, it will be taken to Central Birmingham, to places particularly high in rough sleepers.

Rotary Shelter Bus Project’s Luca Buratti said:

 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.

The bus was very kindly donated by National Express and is currently parked up in Stratford.

It will soon be moved to Sheffield where the renovation work will be carried out. 

The Birmingham Rotary Club have been contacted for comment


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