Anstey Park to host bus rally and running day

By Farnham Herald in Local People

ANSTEY Park will again provide the venue this year for the Alton Bus Rally and Running Day.

Recognised as one of biggest events of its kind in the UK, this year’s event takes place from 10am to 5pm on Sunday, July 16, and entry is free.

As in previous years, the event will field an extensive static display of around 140 buses and coaches of all shapes and sizes from a variety of eras and operating areas. They will feature alongside a big display of other types of vehicles, ranging from classic cars and lorries to motorcycles, vans, emergency service and military vehicles.

They will be supported by trade stands selling a wide variety of transport-related items and catering outlets.

Running from 10am-5pm, an extensive network of free bus services will operate throughout the day from Anstey Park to Alton town centre and railway station, to link up with mainline trains and the Mid Hants Watercress steam line, to Medstead and Four Marks railway station and the surrounding villages and towns. These services are based on the routes operated by Aldershot & District, Alder Valley, Hants & Dorset, Southdown, Wilts & Dorset and other independent operators in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

There will be free on-site parking for cars, and a frequent bus service from Alton station to the park, as well as services to Alton from Basingstoke, Fareham, Winchester, Guildford, Aldershot and Farnham.

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