August 18 2023
This week's good news stories from the bus and coach sector features CPT members Go Ahead North East, National Express West Midlands and Arriva.
Meet the man who has spent 72 years working on Black Country buses
National Express West Midlands’ is celebrating the remarkable 72 year career of Len Stanton, their longest serving engineer.
87-year-old Len from West Bromwich started as an apprentice aged just 15 with what was then the West Bromwich Corporation. He’s been at the West Bromwich garage since 1951.
Joining a six year apprenticeship straight from school and boasting an engineering career spanning over seven decades, his expertise and knowledge has earned the admiration and respect of his peers throughout National Express West Midlands.
Congratulations to Len on an astounding 72 years of service at West Brom Bus Garage!— Nicola Richards MP (@nicolafrichards) August 9, 2023
Over the years, you've not only kept the buses running smoothly but you've also become an integral part of the history of West Brom Bus Garage.
Enjoy the celebrations!https://t.co/UcGthF3TDu
Telford three-year-old enjoys a day on the buses as Arriva's VIP visitor
Telford three-year-old enjoys a day on the buses as Arriva's VIP visitorhttps://t.co/cGe51FOGCv— Shropshire Star (@ShropshireStar) August 1, 2023
Go North East provide a tour for bus loving 10 year-old
Go North East in Sunderland depot welcomed ten-year-old bus-loving Thomas and his Mam for a tour last month.
Go North East posted to LinkedIn:
Thomas got to see where we fix buses, the bus wash and he also got to ride a bus around Sunderland. Thomas has had several medical obstacles in his short 10-year life. He has a rare genetic condition called 8p23.1 deletion syndrome which has resulted in him having severe learning difficulties and has also had meningitis and haemophilia along with sleep apnoea.
Will Sewell, GM at Sunderland Depot said: ‘It was a pleasure to show Thomas around the depot and to see how excited he was to see how things work and to see all the buses. We have agreed with his Mam that in a few months, he can come back to the depot for another tour.’