Community rally to pull a bus that’s under threat

Friends of the 597 and Windermere and Ambleside Lions urge whole community to come out and have fun pulling a bus


A community bus pull event has been organised on Saturday 25th April at 11am on Glebe Road, Bowness-on-Windermere. Set up by the Friends of the 597 and Windermere and Ambleside Lions Club the event is helping to raise money to keep the service going after its rural bus subsidy was cut by Cumbria County Council. People wishing to take part are being asked to try and raise £10 sponsorship each, but the event is free.


The days and amount of runs the bus does have been modified to bring down costs and a trial is being run to see how much keeping this service will cost. The bus is used by hundreds of residents including many of our elderly and the trial is being funded by a Windermere Town Council grant and fundraising.


Speaking on behalf of the Friends of the 597 Sandra Lilley of Windermere said “I’d love everyone to come down and enjoy this event. It’s only a small bus and we already have some strapping young people to take most of the weight! This is a very important service and we need the funds for this trial to see if we can run it long term.”


Gareth Bowman from Lakeland Commercials who took on the service after the subsidy cut commented saying “We are thrilled to be involved in this event, which will hopefully enable the popular 597 service to continue. The fantastic community spirit in Windermere is a credit to the town, and they have really taken the initiative to allow the route to remain open, which will aid all those who use the service both regularly and sporadically. Keep up the good work!”


Helping to organise the event is Lion Ben Berry who said “What could be more symbolic than pulling the bus that might be pulled from service? Everyone should come down and have fun and we can all smile as we pull this bus raising vital funds to keep it moving around Windermere.”


People wishing to take part should attend via the Facebook event here:

Or contact Ben Berry at

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