A DISUSED bus has been transformed into a library to be used by schoolchildren.

The new-look vehicle, which was unveiled at Woodbank Primary School, in Brandlesholme Road, last month, has been designed with the help of pupils and local businesses

After arriving as an empty shell, it was quickly kitted out with heating and electricity.

The outside of the bus was then spray painted by graffiti artist Russell Meehan and now takes pride of place in the school grounds.

Carrie Howcroft, chair of the school’s PTA, said: “It has been a real effort to get it all together, but also a labour of love.

“The reaction of the kids has been great, they love it.”

The school were gifted the vehicle by bus firm Rosso after being forced to use its existing library as a resource area to accommodate increased class sizes.

Ms Howcroft said: “We are limited on space so we have to think outside the box. This is a cheap and unique way of us providing an extra classroom for the children.”

After raising £13,000 via grants and events held at the school, work to transform the bus got under way.

Inside the bus now are shelves filled with dozens of new books, as well as seating and cushions made from recycled jumpers.

“When the bus arrived it was so ugly but we have really turned it around,” added Ms Howcroft. “This is not just here for now, but for the future.”