FEARS for the future of Keighley Bus Museum have emerged as a notice has been given for the institution to vacate its current premises.

The museum, based in the former ex-foundry building off Dalton Lane at Riverside in Keighley, houses an extensive collection of historic vehicles with many dating back as far as the 1920s.

But last year the popular tourist attraction, which has been located in the premises since 2005, received a notice from the landlord of the property asking for use of the site back.

Concerns for the future of the establishment have now been raised by the museum’s directors, and questions surround where the collection could be stored in future.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Part of the collection at Keighley Bus MuseumPart of the collection at Keighley Bus Museum

Simon Waye, Keighley Bus Museum secretary, said: “Currently we have absolutely nowhere to put the collection. It’s very hard to find premises, there’s not a lot of support out there.

“We have started to put out feelers to store vehicles in other museums, and other locations, but it would be a huge shame to have to split up the collection.

“It’s a massive disappointment and it’s a big blow. It’s a huge collection of historic vehicles and it’s very popular when people come to see them.

“At the moment we’re trying to negotiate a timed exit, so we’re hoping that we have about 12-18 months but at the moment we’ve got two months to find somewhere.”

Mick Berry, the museum's director, said: “At the moment it's looking like we’re going to have to get two buildings just to store the collection but we do want to make sure we can get everything back together as soon as we can.

“This building that we’ve been in since 2005 is perfect for the collection as it's got so much character and actually looks like an old bus depot.

" If we do end up finding a new location, it’s probably going to be a new modern building and I don’t think it will have the same effect.”

The museum is holding a final event in its current location on August 7 to coincide with 30 years of the establishment of the KBMT. 

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The Keighley Bus Museum is holding its final event in AugustThe Keighley Bus Museum is holding its final event in August

Sales stalls and visiting buses will be on-site and free bus services will be operating throughout the day. 

 There will also be a bus service linking to Ingrow Railway Station, as well as a small convoy of vehicles running around Keighley at the end of the event.

Admission is £3 per adult (under 16’s free). Doors are open from 10am to 4pm.