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Original Article Courtesy of The Isle of Wight County Press
SINCE 2011, the FYTbus has been providing a vital transport lifeline to the residents of the West Wight.
A team of 35 volunteers are enabling around 18,000 passenger journeys per year to be delivered on two routes in and around Freshwater, Totland and Yarmouth.
The FYTbus was conceived by local residents Michael Craig and Adrian Harris, who planned the logistics, raised funds and learned all they could about running a bus service. They worked hard to gather a group of volunteers, drivers, passenger assistants, garage staff and office staff.
FYTbus offers two bus routes and the number of passengers has steadily grown over the last three years to between 1,500 and 2,000 a month.
The service helps local residents to visit shops and attend medical appointments and the hail and ride service means passengers can be collected from home and dropped off close to their destination. There are also excursions, the most popular of which are shopping trips to Newport
From left, Adrian Harris, Michael Craig, John Daniels and Christine Seamen, with the IW Council chairman, Cllr Ian Ward.