A convoy of around 500 buses drove through central London on Monday, as part of the «Honk for Hope UK» demonstration of tour bus operators, who are demanding government support due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The buses were filmed driving and honking on Parliament Square, the Thames Embankment and near the London Tower.
Jenna Rush, Managing Director of Managing Director of North East Coach Travel, said, «We're not going to last much longer without government support. We're not bus companies, we're small, family-run coach companies. Some are three or four generations in. We make most of our money in the summer months. So, without having a summer this year, we're looking at an 18-month winter. And we won't survive that.»
Rush went on to explain that their demonstration was inspiring by similar actions in Europe, specifically mentioning Germany, where «they were awarded 170 million euros by their government. So, we decided to do 'Honk for Hope UK.'»