Bridgeton Bus Garage Appeal

for Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust

£1885.00 + £332.50 Gift Aid = £2217.50
Donated to Bridgeton Bus Garage Appeal’s £100000.00 Goal


The GVVT is delighted to confirm that it has achieved its £100,000 target for the Bridgeton Bus Garage fundraising appeal which was launched earlier this year. This has provided us with the additional funding required to support our loan for the building purchase. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our appeal. We are still accepting donations which will be used to improve the building itself.

Bridgeton Bus Garage has been the home of GVVT since 2003. It enables the Trust to carry out its transport heritage and community outreach activities.


Without Bridgeton Bus Garage, the future of the GVVT activities and its contribution to the local community would be difficult. The garage has provided the ideal platform for the development of the Trust to what it is today. But purchase of the building would release the potential to expand what we do, what we can offer the community and help us achieve our aim of becoming a ‘working museum.’  


The Trust worked hard during 2018 on funding towards the garage purchase. It has secured commitment for a significant amount of the funding needed. The Trust will also contribute heavily from its own reserves. In addition, we are engaged in an ongoing campaign to raise capital from a range of funding bodies.  But we now need to make the final push to raise the remaining money to cover the funding gap. Our target is to raise £100,000. All donations, no matter how small are greatly appreciated to help us reach our target! 

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF BRIDGETON BUS GARAGE - Bridgeton Bus Garage is the last remaining bus garage built by Glasgow Corporation Transport opening in 1965. It represents a typical example of industrial architecture from that period. Moreover, it was made for the repair and maintenance of heavy commercial vehicles. A function it continues to provide, albeit the heavy commercial vehicles are vintage ones.  

* If the building is not purchased or there is money left over then the funds will be used for maintenance of the property

All funds raised will be passed to Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust irrespective of whether our appeal target is reached, not reached or exceeded. If funds are being raised for a specific purpose and, for whatever reason, this purpose is no longer valid, the funds will be transferred to the charity for general use.

The charity

The Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust was formed at the end of 2002 and is a registered charity (SC034066) managed by a committee of Trustees who bring a variety of complementary professional and practical skills.

The general objectives of the Trust are:

1. The restoration and preservation of historic passenger carrying and commercial vehicles, and

2. The promotion of the welfare and relief of the needs of addicts and thereby working towards the social inclusion of such individuals.

The Trust has since 2003 leased the former Bridgeton Bus Garage at 76-136 Fordneuk Street, Glasgow from Glasgow City Council. This was built for Glasgow Corporation Transport opening as a bus garage in 1965. It was closed by Greater Glasgow PTE in 1976 and was later used as a local authority internal transport depot. 

The garage was built as a bus garage and it is once again a bus garage. Whilst 1960s architecture is usually functional rather than decorative, the building deserves to be retained as a fine example of the building style of that period.

The garage is now well established as a heritage centre for buses and commercial vehicles. There are over 100 buses, coaches, commercial vehicles and fire appliances in the collection. Vehicles are usually owned by individuals or small groups and range from hulks rescued from scrap yards and awaiting restoration to fully restored and active examples. Vehicles from the collection participate in events within the city and beyond, often allowing the public the opportunity to travel on the them. 

The Trust has since 2005 operated a project called Back on the Road which aims to assist those with drug or alcohol addiction problems by providing work experience which will prepare them for a return to employment and society in general. The project operates in conjunction with the local addiction agencies and has proved to be very successful in achieving its aims.

Funding of Back on the Road is difficult in the current climate and the Trust welcomes approaches from organisations seeking possible partnerships in developing the programme.

The Trust works closely with various Council departments and agencies including Riverside Museum, the new home of the city’s transport collection, in promoting joint events. 

The garage is open to the public on various dates in the year, please see for more details.

Registered charity (no. SC034066).

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