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Castle Rentals has a new home – The former US airbase at Upper Heyford

- 13-Jun-2016 -

Castle Rentals announces a new home for rental minibuses. Former US Airbase, Upper Heyford is large enough to accommodate all our lovely minibuses. Fancy a minibus for £25 a day, or maybe an F15 US fighter jet, from only £1.25 million?!

Why do we need so much space?

We want to have all our rental fleet in one place – all ‘present and correct’…

  • We need an area where we can prepare the vehicles before they go out ‘in the field’
  • Our new space houses all of our demonstrator fleet of the new Ford and Mercedes minibuses - including the popular 17 seater Mercedes with the big back end, which has been causing a (desert) storm – sorry!
  • Castle Rentals has grown massively since it was established in January 2016, we’ve now received bookings from over 100 schools, colleges and academies throughout the UK, which is why need a bigger space!
  • Some schools are waiting for their vehicles to be delivered and use Castle as an interim measure - we need somewhere for the minibuses to be ‘at ease’
  • We can now be ready to ‘scramble the fleet’ within minutes, meaning there is minimal delay in getting the vehicle ready for inspection by a new customer. If you want to see it before you commit, just give us a ring…


A brief history of Upper Heyford airbase

First used by the Royal Flying Corps in 1916 the airbase was later and more significantly used by United States Airforce as a UK base for strategic bombers, tactical reconnaissance, fighter and fighter-bomber aircraft.

The airbase’s flight line was officially closed on 15th December 1993 and in January 1994 the final aircraft was transferred without personnel or equipment, to Carolina, USA.

These days the airbase is occupied by rare bird species such as the Peregrine Falcon and Skylark, and houses various business such as a boat builder, police driver training and most recently, Castle Minibus.

Many of the shops have returned and service the local community, the hospital has been demolished along with other abandoned buildings to make way for new houses, and it is the hope that further renovation and refurbishment will continue into the future.

Castle Rentals – Just for schools

Castle Rentals offers a flexible and comprehensive service for the ease of providing minibuses for schools, colleges, academies and universities, across the UK.

We offer driver training with an exceptional pass rate (99% for May 2016) and take care of all the administration, so you don’t have to.

Schools use us for a variety of reasons, from 1 day hire, on a termly basis, or annually

Many expanding schools are looking to develop new bus routes and rent from us on a short term basis, trying out the routes to see if they are workable for them and their students

And schools don’t just look to us for help with minibuses. Often they require vans and cars too, with great deals just for schools – we even supplied a cherry picker not so long ago!


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