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Christmas cheer for homeless as buses converted to temporary housing

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London's homeless are to benefit over Christmas from new plans to convert old double-decker buses into temporary homes.

New organisation Double Decker Living hopes the buses will provide 'much-needed temporary living space' to meet the ever increasing short term demand within cities.

Each bus houses sleeping, eating, dressing, showering and relaxation areas as well as a communal lounge/dining area downstairs.

The converted vehicles, which are also attracting interest from the NHS, can sleep five people in separate berths, each with their own entrance, window, power supply and lockable storage.

Designed to be fully mobile, the buses can either be connected to local power supplies or operate independently and are fitted with solar panels and 'run quiet' generators.

Jason Hart of Double Decker Living said: 'We are proud of our alternative solution to the ever increasing need for short term living spaces within the capital.

'The interior of the buses provides a high standard of accommodation whilst the exterior remains a much loved and recognised symbol of London. We are ensuring that the iconic double-decker is still working for London.'

by Richard Waite

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