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The newspaper of Stagecoach Group Issue 64 Autumn 06
Stagecoach wins Company
for top award
Stagecoach is in the running to be
named Britain’s best bus operator
– for the second year running.
Four Stagecoach companies
– West Scotland, Fife, Devon and
Cambridge – are in the running for
the prestigious title at the 2006 UK
The company won more awards
than any other UK bus operator at
last year’s awards, collecting five
Stagecoach West Scotland,
which runs around 400 buses from
Dumfries to Glasgow, took the
headline Belmont International
Bus Operator of the Year Award
Group to build on past success as innovative bid delivers new contract and the award for the Best Large
Fleet in 2005.
Now the West Scotland business
has been shortlisted for the
other transport operators to win
second year running for operating
Stagecoach has a total of six
finalists across four categories in
a 10-year contract to run the new this year’s 11th annual awards,
South Western rail franchise. which will be presented at a special
The Department for Transport (DfT) lunch in London on November 1.
announced last month that the Group had The other shortlisted Stagecoach
submitted the winning bid for the franchise, entries are:
which will run from February 4, 2007. • Stagecoach North West’s
South Western combines the existing “Cumbria and the Lakes”
South West Trains and Island Line promotion in the Bus in the
franchises, both of which are currently Countryside category
operated by the Group. • Stagecoach Supertram, which
Stagecoach’s innovative bid for the operates the light rail system in
franchise, which is worth more than £530 Sheffield, for the Street Transit
million in annual revenues, will generate Award.
£1,191 million (net present value) in
premium payments to the DfT over the Les Warneford, Managing
10-year period. Director of Stagecoach UK Bus,
Passengers on the network, who have said: “We are delighted that four
seen a step-change in quality of service and of our companies have been
punctuality in recent years, will also benefit recognised for their commitment
from a multi-million-pound investment On track: Stagecoach Group has been chosen to run the UK's most important rail franchise. to excellence and are in the running
programme. for the Best Bus Operator in Britain
The Group expects the new franchise be entrusted by the Government with the and expertise of all of our people. to attract new passengers to rail travel and award.
to deliver good value for shareholders and contract to run the UK’s most important “We look forward to building on improve services for existing customers, “Stagecoach is leading the way
to generate annual operating profit (profit rail franchise. the success we have achieved over the and our exciting ideas for the franchise will in attracting more people to bus
before finance income/charges, amortisa- “We submitted a high-quality, innovative past decade by delivering a comprehen- unlock the full potential of the network. travel. All of our shortlisted entries
tion of intangible assets and taxation) in the and value-for-money bid, and the new sive package of train, station and security “South Western is the most complex show the dedication of all our
early years of the franchise of £15 million franchise is an excellent result for passengers, investment, further improved performance, franchise anywhere on the UK rail network. employees across the country and
to £20 million, as well as annual finance taxpayers and our shareholders. increased capacity, state-of-the-art ticketing Stagecoach has an unrivalled mix of the strength of our innovation,
income of £3 million to £4 million. “It reflects the significant contribu- options and a range of other customer experience and energy that will ensure we marketing, operational expertise
Stagecoach Group Chief Executive tion from local stakeholders and is also benefits. meet today’s challenges better than any and commitment to customers.”
Brian Souter said: “We are delighted to recognition of the hard work, commitment “We believe there is a huge opportunity other operator and we are ready to deliver.”
journey raises Wi-Fi the way forward
A record-breaking high-speed train
journey has raised more than £25,000 for
the Heaven’s Angels campaign thanks to
support from Virgin Trains customers
for London commuters
Readers of The Railway Magazine
joined a number of Virgin Trains staff Web and email access free on Europe’s most frequent express service
in digging deep into their pockets and
buying tickets for the special 401-mile
London commuters can keep in touch on the move now that
journey from Glasgow to London on
Virgin Trains completed the trip in Stagecoach has gone ultra high-tech.
less than four hours, setting a new speed Oxford Tube customers will benefit “Many of our passengers on Oxford
record for a Glasgow to London journey. from free email and web access thanks to Tube are commuters and students, so having
The Virgin team beat a previous record of the company’s three-month trial of Wi-Fi free access to email and the internet will be a
four hours and 14 minutes, which was set technology. significant benefit. The technology will also
by British Rail’s Advanced Passenger Train The 25-strong fleet, operating 24 hours help us track the progress of vehicles on the
in the 1980s. a day, has been equipped with the latest network and advise customers of any issues
Heaven’s Angels provides specially wireless technology supplied by Telabria that are likely to affect our services.”
adapted motorbikes to deliver healthcare Networks. Jim Baker, Founder and Chief Executive
to remote parts of Africa, where tracks The service, which runs up to every 10 Officer of Telabria Networks, said: “Access
are impassable for cars. One health worker minutes between Oxford and London, is to a broadband connection is becoming
and a motorbike costing £5,000 can help very popular with students and profession- increasingly important for travellers.
save 20,000 lives a year. als travelling to work. Telabria’s MobilAPi mobile broadband
The trip demonstrated the successful It’s Europe’s most frequent express router delivers Wi-Fi service to passengers,
upgrading of the West Coast Main Line service, stopping at Lewknor, Hillingdon, connecting to the internet via the latest
and the introduction of Virgin’s state-of- Shepherds Bush, Notting Hill, Marble Arch generation of cellular data networks at
the-art fleet of Pendolino tilting trains. and Victoria. broadband speeds.
Virgin Trains Chairman Sir Richard The entire fleet was replaced two years “We are delighted that Stagecoach has
Branson said: “This is a tremendous result ago at a cost of £8 million – the UK’s chosen our market-leading technology
and a real reflection of the generosity and biggest investment in new vehicles on a to deploy across the Oxford Tube fleet, Roger Bowker.
support of the staff and readers of The single route – allowing more than 6,000 raising the bar for cutting-edge passenger
Railway Magazine who have ensured that
tickets have sold like hot cakes. This was
a historic journey for over 400 passengers
passengers a day to travel on the service to
The 81-seat double-decker coaches are
The results of the trial will be assessed
and, if successful, the system will be made
Long-serving director retires
on board and through their generosity will fully wheelchair accessible with low floors available on a permanent basis. Roger Bowker (65), who has under- through deregulation.
provide a lifeline for over 100,000 people and air-conditioning. They have reclining A secure e-commerce website, www. taken a number of senior manage- In 1988, when London Buses
a year.” seats, generous legroom, seatbelts, toilets oxfordtube.com, allows customers to book ment roles for Stagecoach Group, divided its operations into 13
and power points for plugging in laptops single, return and period tickets online has retired after a transport career subsidiary companies, Roger managed
Operations and mobile phones. For passenger security,
they are also fitted with CCTV.
as well as access timetable and service
spanning more than 40 years.
He was most recently Chief
East London and prepared it for pri-
vatisation. Both East London and
The Wi-Fi trial will also include the first Oxford Tube also supplies breakfast and Operating Officer of the North Selkent were purchased by Stagecoach
major deployment of Telabria’s mTracker newspapers on its early morning commuter East Region of Coach USA and has in 1994 and Roger took responsibility
vehicle tracking system. services. previously worked for Stagecoach in for both companies.
into UK Bus This will give Stagecoach a real-time
at-a-glance view of its fleet and precise
locations of individual vehicles on the road
If you have been involved in a project
aimed at improving performance then
the UK, Sweden and Portugal.
Following his training in the
Tilling Group, Roger specialised in
Roger was Chair man
Stagecoach Portugal when the Group
had operations in the country from
Stagecoach has announced steps to via the web. we’d like to hear about it. schedules, traffic management and the mid to late 1990s. In 1997, he
complete the integration of the Yorkshire Brian Souter, Chief Executive of marketing in Greater Manchester managed Swebus until it was sold
Traction and Lincolnshire Road Car Your On Stage contact is listed
Stagecoach Group, said: “We have made a from 1965 until 1980. in 2000.
companies into the Group’s UK Bus on p2.
huge investment in Oxford Tube over the He was then appointed General Shortly afterwards, he moved to
Division. past two years and this new Wi-Fi pilot Manager of Rossendale Transport and Coach USA where he was Chief
The Lincolnshire and East Midlands puts Stagecoach at the forefront of offering A tale Managing Director of Eastbourne Operating Officer of the North East
operations, with the exception of
Chesterfield depot, will merge into an
next-generation on-board services for coach to tell? Buses in 1984, taking the business region in New York and New Jersey.
enlarged Stagecoach East Midlands
company, with the head office based in
While the enlarged company will be
managed as one business, local trading Editor: Steven Stewart, On Stage, Stagecoach Group, Stagecoach South Helen Martin 01243 536161
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Chesterfield will be closed in due course. Stagecoach East Scotland Lisa Henry 01383 516454
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2 Autumn 06
London bus operations sold as group focuses on growth New recruits
Stagecoach Group has completed the Stagecoach sold the business, which Following the disposal, the UK Bus Lincolnshire and Tayside. swap the car
sale of its London bus operations to
Macquarie Bank Limited.
The sale, which received regulatory
operates around 1,300 buses and
employs around 4,300 staff, for £264
division will focus on the bus market
outside London where it is pursuing a
successful growth strategy.
The Group believes the UK bus
market outside London has scope for
further growth in an environment where
for the bus
approval from the European Union and The management team at Stagecoach Over the last year, Stagecoach has Stagecoach can capitalise on its industry It would seem that six new colleagues in
Transport for London, was completed London, led by Managing Director Nigel completed the acquisition of significant leadership, entrepreneurial flair and Nuneaton are at home behind the wheel
in September. Barrett, is staying with the business. bus operations in Merseyside, Yorkshire, innovation. of any vehicle now that they’ve swapped
cars for buses.
The former Peugeot workers, based
Timely campaign reaps
at the Ryton plant, were recruited at the
Warwickshire depot after a job fair at
The event attracted 32 applications
for driving positions at the depot, some
of which have been passed to sister
depots in Rugby and Leamington.
The six new recruits are currently
in training, bringing the number of
Nuneaton drivers at the Warwickshire
training school in Rugby to nine.
Depot Operations Manager Bush
Rafiq said: “This will help to ease the
Atomic watches have helped Virgin hit targets pressure brought about by an increased
volume of work.”
A campaignservices hasimprovea
punctuality on Virgin Trains Virgin Trains
West Coast seen
substantial reduction in delays. proves top
‘Every Second Counts’ was launched in
February this year with some innovative
ideas, including the issue of atomic watches
to key members of staff. Readers of Business Traveller UK
In the first four months following the Magazine have voted Virgin Trains Best
launch, the Moving Quarterly Average UK Domestic Train Service for Business
performance figure – the number of trains Travel.
arriving within 10 minutes of booked time Simon Bailey, Virgin West Coast Trains
– rose from 80.8% in June 2005 to 88.9% Customer Services Director, received the
in June 2006. In the same period, delays to award at a special ceremony in London.
trains have been cut by over 27%. Delays The company beat runner-up GNER to
caused directly by Virgin Trains are down by the prestigious new title.
over 44% to under one-and-a-half minutes Simon said: “It’s great to be acknowl-
for every train run. edged by the people who, day in and day
Managing Director, Virgin West Coast, out, use our train services. I know the
Charles Belcher said: “Every Second Counts people working on our trains and at our
is about raising the profile of the importance stations will be particularly delighted that
of train performance and working as a team their hard work and commitment has
with our industry partners and suppliers. been recognised.”
The atomic watches issued to our staff The honour follows a year of improve-
have ensured that everyone involved in the ments at Virgin Trains, during which
running of our trains has the same split Virgin West Coast enjoyed a 29% increase
second timing.” in passenger numbers, saw punctuality rise
Virgin Trains issued the watches after a to record levels and became one of the
survey of station staff, drivers, train managers, top companies for customer satisfaction.
onboard staff, suppliers and signalmen During this year, Virgin CrossCountry
showed that there could be significant Tick tock: From left, Pete Waterman; Victor Tarfa, Wolverhampton Train Manager; Chris Bird, Euston Driver; Susan Nicol, West Coast Control achieved record numbers of business
differences (fast and slow) in the timepieces Duty Manager; and Mark Goode, Wolverhampton Train Manager, at the campaign launch. travellers.
“This meant that in some instances staff Virgin’s Pendolino trains to enable Network drastically reduced.” their preferred travel choice – the company
might not be in the right place at the right
time,” said Mr Belcher, “and a mere 10
Rail engineers speedy access to the locations
of trackside failures, particularly where road
Virgin Trains has also improved the
availability of performance information to
is now carrying over 20 million passengers a
year on the West Coast. Yet another
seconds delay at the start of a journey could
cause a domino effect, delaying not just that
vehicle access is poor or slow.
Network Rail Deputy Chief Executive
its staff and a Performance Hotline has
enabled staff to alert managers to frequently
And there is no doubt that passengers
using the West Coast services are now blooming
one train but creating knock-on delays to Iain Coucher said: “Network Rail is recurring performance issues as well as reaping the rewards of the upgrading of
other trains along the 401-mile route from committed to improving punctuality and making suggestions to reduce delays even the route. New track and signalling has been
Glasgow to London.” reducing delays for passengers on the West further. accompanied by investment of over £1
Also aimed at reducing delays is a unique Coast. Performance has been good with Passengers are voting with their feet as billion in 53 state-of-the-art tilting trains and
the number of late trains falling rapidly news of the performance improvements a 125mph timetable with more services and A small Surrey station has been recog-
arrangement which means boxes containing
and delays caused by infrastructure issues spreads and are choosing Virgin Trains as reduced journey times. nised for its floral decorations by picking
emergency equipment will be carried on all
up an award in the Godalming in Bloom
On the pulse with new buses Stagecoach South welcomed some new arrivals
recently at the official launch of 11 brand new,
easy access Dart single-decker buses.
commitment to the Government-backed Kickstart
initiative and the ongoing Quality Bus Partnership
with West Sussex County Council, which has
The event is held annually by the local
With 10 hanging baskets decorating
The new buses are dedicated to the Pulse improved bus stops along the route. the station, potted plants in the booking
service between West Durrington, Worthing town Andrew Dyer said: “The new high frequency hall area and floral beds just outside the
centre, Worthing Hospital and Lancing, and will Pulse service will benefit thousands of people station, it is easy to see why the judges
help offer an every 10-minute service to bus who live and work on the route and provide an were won over with the flower power
users. alternative to driving for many of the hospital’s on display.
Nurses from Worthing Hospital joined patients and staff. Matthew Winnie, South West Trains’
Councillor Phillip Coote, West Sussex County “The new route is just one part of our re- Group Station Manager, said: “I am
Council’s Deputy Executive Member for vamp of the current bus network, which will delighted that we have managed to win
Transportation; Andrew Dyer, Managing Director provide faster links to the town centre and more this award for the second time and it’s
for Stagecoach South, and Councillor Major Tom reliable services for bus customers.” all thanks to the hard work from staff at
Wye at the launch. A new timetable for the Pulse and all other the station.
The £1 million investment adds to the fleet Worthing bus routes is available from the website “This is a real accolade for them as
of 72 buses operated from the Worthing depot. at www.stagecoachbus.com/south, the travel shop they keep the station looking pretty so
Cllr Phillip Coote (centre) with Andrew Dyer (left) and Mayor of Worthing Cllr Major Tom Wye Together with the additional resources required for at Marine Parade, Worthing or call 0845 121 passengers can wait for their train in nice
with Nursing staff and VIPs at Worthing Hospital. the new Pulse service, it demonstrates Stagecoach’s 0170. surroundings.”
Autumn 06 3
Scottish awards shortlist recognises strong performance What’s in
Stagecoach in Fife is in the running for a
top honour at this year’s annual Scottish
standards of safety.
The awards, now in their fourth year,
strong performance of our bus operations
in Fife. Good operational management,
The Chairman of the Judging Panel,
Professor David Begg, said: “The standard a name for
Transport Awards. recognise the achievements of those continued innovation, effective marketing, of entries this year has been particularly
It has been short-listed for the who have delivered real improvements first-class customer service and investment impressive and I would like to congratulate
Scottish Public Transport Operator of to Scotland’s transport infrastructure and in new vehicles is attracting more and more Stagecoach in Fife on this achievement.”
the Year Award for customer growth and services. people back on board our buses. We are The 2006 awards will be presented at Customers in Warwickshire are being given
innovation, consistency and reliability of Managing Director of Stagecoach in Fife delighted the hard work of our employees a dinner in the Edinburgh International the chance to come up with a new name
service, customer satisfaction and high Doug Fleming said: “This year reflects the is being recognised.” Conference Centre on November 16. for Route 66.
Competition entry forms were
distributed at stops along the route,
which takes in Leamington, Warwick and
The winner will be rewarded with a
year’s free travel while the buses, which
are four years old, will be refurbished with
could be sweet success
leather seats and a new paint job.
“We want a new name to match
the new image,” said Stagecoach in
Warwickshire Marketing Assistant Lisa
Downer. “The chosen name will appear
all around the town and on every bus on
the new Route 66.”
• Two-week test of Scania vehicle evaluates carbon reduction technology Getting in
• Trials in Merseyside, Yorkshire, Tyne and Wear, and Greater Manchester the swing
• Buses of the future could run on sugar beets to protect environment for charity
Cwmbran Depot entered a team for the
Stagecoach hasofconducted the
Mayor of Torfaen’s Annual Charity Golf
first UK trials a bio-ethanol Welsh Comedian and TV personality
powered bus outside London Owen Money and Olympic Athlete Jamie
in a move that could lead to Baulch also attended the event, which took
the company’s vehicles being place at Pontypool Golf Club.
powered by sugar beets in the The four competitors from Stagecoach
South Wales were Bill Davies, Justin Rosser,
future. Paul Berrow and Rodney Teague.
A Scania OmniLink ethanol bus was
tested for two weeks in August to evaluate
the green technology for potential use
in Stagecoach’s 8,000-vehicle fleet in the
The pilot study vehicle operated in
Liverpool, Barnsley, Sheffield, Newcastle
and Manchester. Passengers with Cherwell District con-
Ethanol can be produced from sources cessionary travel passes can now use the
such as sugar beets, sugar cane, and other passes on the routes of any Stagecoach in
forms of bio-waste. Oxfordshire buses in the district.
Production and supply of ethanol as Changes to the scheme, that came into
a fuel has expanded rapidly in recent effect in August, allow pass holders to travel
years and interest is growing in its use on direct bus routes between the Cherwell
to develop more environmentally-friendly district and adjoining district council areas
public transport systems. such as West Oxfordshire, Stratford and
Ethanol buses are already in operation in South Northants.
Sweden, Spain, Italy and Poland, delivering
significant reductions in carbon dioxide,
nitrous oxide and particulate matter. Customer
Brian Souter, Stagecoach Group Chief
Executive, said: “Buses are already helping
the environment by reducing the number
Ethanol-powered buses like this one are a green alternative.
improver to ensure compatability with a environmentally beneficial.” recently expanded the use of biodiesel
of car journeys in our towns and cities, conventional diesel engine. The UK Government is encouraging to 1,800 vehicles in the UK in a move A new Operations Director at Stagecoach
but we are always looking at ways to Bo Martinsson, General Manager – the use of renewable fuels as part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and North East is set to take services to the
improve the sustainability of our transport National Accounts, Scania (Great Britain) of its drive to cut carbon emissions. improve fuel efficiency. It is now used at next level by putting the customer at the
operations. Limited, said: “Scania is delighted to be Construction of a new bio-ethanol 28 depots in Scotland, and the north-east heart of the company’s operations.
“Ethanol is an excellent renewable involved in this groundbreaking series of processing plant is under way at British and north-west of England. Nigel Winter joined Stagecoach
fuel, which has a number of environmen- trials with Stagecoach in the UK. Sugar’s factory at Whissington in West For the past year, Stagecoach has during the summer and has wasted no
tal benefits. We are looking forward to “With around 600 ethanol-powered Norfolk and production is due to start also been using the next-generation fuel time in making moves to improve services.
assessing the potential of this technology Scania buses delivered to municipalities later this year using excess beet previously additive Envirox™ across its entire UK Overseeing Stagecoach’s seven depots
for our bus operations in the UK.” throughout Sweden over the past 17 years, used as insurance against crop failures. bus fleet. Tests delivered more than a 5% across Tyne & Wear and Teesside, Nigel is
The Scania vehicle involved in the the technology is thoroughly proven in Stagecoach is involved in a number cut in fuel consumption and an associated responsible for all operational issues within
trial uses pure ethanol with a 5% ignition service and widely acknowledged as being of its own environmental initiatives. It decrease in vehicle emissions. the firm including service delivery, staffing
levels and cost control.
megatrain.com clocks up 100,000 passengers Newcomer
Innovative budget rail initiative megatrain. Ian Dobbs, Chief Executive of “Our award-winning service has been available on off-peak South West Trains
with a history
com has clocked up its 100,000th Stagecoach Group’s rail division, said: recognised for its innovation, but the services, Monday to Saturday, linking
The engineering team at Stagecoach
passenger booking. “We are delighted with the success of best recognition is that passengers are London with Portsmouth, Southampton,
Rugby has a new member – but while Lee
New figures show that megatrain.com, megatrain.com, which is bringing cheaper voting with their feet and travelling with Bournemouth, Weymouth, Exeter,
Walkington may be new to the area, he’s an
which offers off-peak rail fares from rail travel to thousands of customers megatrain.com.” Salisbury, Yeovil, Bath and Bristol.
old hand in the bus industry.
just £1, is now attracting up to 1,000 across the country. Stagecoach launched megatrain.com The budget rail service was launched
Lee originally joined London Buses 18
passengers a day. “megatrain.com’s flexible, value-for- in November 2005, introducing the following the success of megabus.
years ago as an auto electrician and was
More than 900,000 people have visited money pricing is changing the way fares cheapest tickets on the UK rail network com, which now has a national network
latterly with the Isle of Wight’s principal
the megatrain.com website since the are managed and helping to make the for decades. covering nearly 40 UK cities and carries
bus operator for six years.
service went live last autumn. most of the capacity on the rail network. More than 5,000 cheap seats a week are around two million passengers a year.
4 Autumn 06
Hovercraft Local partnership vital for service improvements
trials set for The boss of Stagecoach in Warwickshire
has been talking about his first 18 weeks in
“As an example, we are looking at trying
to develop quality partnership routes in
the local authority would need to remove
summer 2007 the job – and the challenges that lie ahead.
Phil Medlicott, who took over as
Managing Director in March, spoke of his
Nuneaton and Rugby. This means highway
improvements or some form of capital
investment from local authorities to assist
“We need the local authority to
provide assistance with the road so that
we can plough that investment back in,” he
Environmental groups have given desire for the company to continue working us. That has to be the way forward for continued.
Stagecoach the green light to trial a closely with local authorities. Stagecoach in Warwickshire as a business.” He added that another of the challenges
cross-Forth hovercraft link. “Any further enhancements will need Warwickshire County Council was also he intended tackling in the next 12 months
After talks with Scottish Natural to be done in partnership with the local keen to see an increase in the frequency of was improving the company’s roadside
Heritage (SNH), the three-week pilot Phil Medlicott. authorities,” said Phil. another route in Rugby but, Phil explained, publicity.
study, initially earmarked for October,
Survey reveals bus
will now be carried out during summer
Stagecoach will trial the 130-
passenger vessel – a 26-metre BHT130
hovercraft, built by Isle of Wight-
based Hoverwork Limited – on its
proposed route between Kirkcaldy
is real green machine
and Portobello using the latest diesel
Steven Stewart, Head of Media
and Public Affairs at Stagecoach,
said: “There is a broad consensus
that a cross-Forth link can deliver
significant transport, economic and
social inclusion benefits and we have
had huge support for the project from
politicians and the local community.
“Stagecoach has always taken its
Going by coach can help save both
environmental responsibilities very
seriously and we have a good track-
your wallet and the environment
record of delivering sustainable public
transport services. The technology we
are hoping to use is already proven
in the UK and United States, with
no impact on wildlife and the local
A surveyisundertaken by more damaging revealedenvironment
than going by bus.
Scottish-based Marine Consultant In announcing its findings, the • Produces seven times less CO2
Alistair Macleod has carried out detailed company urged budget travellers to emissions
exploratory work on the hovercraft dump “gas guzzler” airlines and switch • Offers cheaper fares for budget
plans on behalf of Stagecoach. to low-cost inter-city coach travel to help travellers.
Steven added: “Stagecoach remains save the environment.
fully committed to getting a hovercraft Compared to Brian Souter,
on the water as soon as possible to give planes, which pump
out par ticularly
“These figures show Chief Stagecoach
people a chance to see what benefits
this technology could bring to the harmful emissions into clearly that bus and Group, said: “Any
region’s public transport system and the upper atmosphere
where they do most
coach travel is the transport has an
impact on the
Stagecoach estimates that running a damage, bus and greener way to travel environment, but
two-craft operation would cost around coach travel is more and far less damaging we agree with
fuel-efficient and the Government
produces less harmful than airlines. Not only and environ-
£2 million a year. Around 9,000
passengers a week – and up to 470,000
passengers a year – would be expected emissions, such as is megabus.com easy mental groups
CO2, per passenger that we all
to use the service.
journey. on the wallet, it is need to look
The crossing time between
Kirkcaldy and Portobello would be The figures come easy on the planet.” carefully at
approximately 20 minutes and the at a time when the how we can
craft, with normal operating speeds Gover nment is balance our
of around 35 knots, could run in sea looking closely at the Brian Souter desire to
conditions with waves of up to two environmental impact travel with
metres. of the huge expansion steps to
While the service would require in low-cost air travel. protect the
initial public investment, Stagecoach Stagecoach’s survey compared planet.
believes that within a few years the environmental performance of “These figures show
passenger volumes could grow to make its budget megabus.com service with clearly that bus and coach
it commercially sustainable. low-cost airline easyJet on the popular travel is the greener way to Stagecoach
Glasgow to London route. travel and far less damaging took a full page
Results of the survey show that, on a than airlines. Not only advert in the
Oxfordshire's per passenger basis, megabus.com is: is megabus.com easy on
• More than six times more fuel- the wallet, it is easy on the
to highlight the
efficient than easyJet planet.” green message.
strengthened Love is in the air
It might seem
an unusual form
Stagecoach in Oxfordshire has strength- transport but a
ened its management team. bus was the only Congratulations to Stagecoach West’s Operations Manager in October 2003,
The appointment of Roshina Khan as way to travel very own Rupert and Sarah Cox who having previously held similar positions
Assistant Manager for Oxford Local Bus for Sarah and recently married in Dorset before jetting in Worthing and Canterbury.
sees the creation of a new position within Rupert. off to Dubai on honeymoon.
the company. Both started as Stagecoach graduate If you have interesting news about
Roshina will work alongside Oxford trainees and are the only ones to ‘post- your colleagues then we’d like to
Local Bus Operations Manager Simon graduate’ to marriage. hear about it.
Mathieson, and will focus on customer Commercial Manager Rupert
Your On Stage contact is listed
service. is based at Head Office in London
The 33-year-old joins the bus industry Rd, Gloucester, where he has worked
from Biffa Waste, where she worked for since September 2003, following
nearly three years as a traffic supervisor at previous roles for Stagecoach in A tale
its Didcot depot. Hull, Chesterfield and Cambridge. to tell?
Sarah moved to Cheltenham depot as
Autumn 06 5
Cowdenbeath trio calls time at 100 Oxford’s
Three Fife drivers have retired after
clocking up more than 100 years of service
To show their appreciation, a farewell
in new bus
between them. retiral party was organised by staff at
Richard Bowman, Peter McGuire and ‘Wee Jimmy’s’ in Cowdenbeath, which was
David Jamieson were among the longest attended by friends, family, work mates and
serving drivers at the Cowdenbeath depot
and will be missed by passengers and
past bus conductresses.
Cowdenbeath Operations Manager
Sandy Scott said: “The staff will certainly
miss these three very familiar faces. On Bus users in the Oxford area are enjoying
Liz Waterson and Archie Low (centre), behalf of the depot team, I would like to the benefits of new routes, low floor buses
Cowdenbeath depot, congratulate Mr and congratulate them on their well deserved and tickets.
Mrs Bowman (left) and Mr and Mrs Jamieson retirement and wish them happiness in the Improvements have been made to the
(right). years ahead.” service after Stagecoach in Oxfordshire
was awarded a number of four-year tenders
from Oxfordshire County Council.
Passengers are now enjoying new low-
floor single deck vehicles representing a
Three state-of-the-art Millennium
award winning Optare Solos operate on
three services as Stagecoach in Oxfordshire
extends its comprehensive network of low
for national title
floor buses throughout the city.
The new 28-seater buses – the first of
their kind in Stagecoach livery in the city
– are now wheelchair and buggy ‘friendly’.
The new routes serve Minchery Farm,
Greater Leys, Jericho, Cutteslowe and
Stagecoach in Oxfordshire Managing
New Operations Director recognised for major achievements Director Martin Sutton said: “We are
very pleased to be awarded these new
routes, which further demonstrate our
commitment to the city of Oxford.
Sarah at Stagecoach West
Longair, recently “To people in areas we don’t currently
determination in her early management serve we shall be bringing them quality
appointed Operations career with Stagecoach. bus services together with a full range of
Director “She has made a significant contribu- competitive tickets including a weekly ticket
Scotland, has been shortlisted tion to the business in a short period for £11 which offers unlimited travel on
for the Chartered Institute of time and we are delighted she has any Stagecoach bus in Oxford city.”
received independent recognition by
of Logistics and Transport
being shortlisted for this award.”
(CILT) Young Manager of Sarah, who is also a qualified bus
the Year award. driver, took up her post at Stagecoach
A former Stagecoach graduate trainee,
Sarah (25) was nominated for the award
West Scotland in September.
She was previously Operations well on depot
for her achievements in tackling driver Manager at Stagecoach Manchester’s
cost control, attendance, staff morale and Princess Road depot, which employs
welfare issues, industrial relations and more than 400 drivers operating over 180
liaison with schools. vehicles. Nuneaton depot has come up with a simple
Sarah has a BSc (Hons) from Sarah said: “I am delighted to have been solution to its bus checks predicament.
Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh selected as a finalist. To be recognised for Rather than asking colleagues to stand
and completed Stagecoach’s two-year such a prestigious award after such a short behind buses to check the brake lights
graduate training programme, which period of time is something that I am are working, it has installed four sheets
gave her experience of the operations, immensely proud of and it is testament of reflective plastic at the depot’s exit,
engineering and commercial aspects of to the investment that Stagecoach makes so drivers are able to check their lights
the business. in all of its employees.” themselves.
Now a trained graduate assessor for Sarah Longair. The CILT awards, which will be Before each bus leaves the depot, the
Stagecoach UK Bus, she is involved in presented at a dinner this month, are open driver must ensure all brake lights are
the selection of graduates each year. She The award is part of CILT’s transport management. to organisations of all sizes, including working and the bus is ready to go out on
is currently undertaking a CILT Level 5 Annual Awards for Excellence, made Les Warneford, Managing Director companies, the armed forces, public the road.
Professional Diploma in Transport and to individuals and organisations that of Stagecoach UK Bus, said: “Sarah has utilities, charities, health services, local Normally, someone would have to
Logistics. demonstrate achievement in logistics and shown excellent ability, commitment and authorities and government agencies. stand behind the bus to check but, thanks
to the team’s bright idea, this is no longer
Anniversary for talented vehicle painter Depot Manager Bash Rafiq said: “We
wanted to do something to help our drivers
and improve safety. We looked at several
A talented painter, who prefers buses – it’s for my own satisfaction more different materials we could use and found
to canvases, has celebrated five years of than anything.” this reflective plastic to be the perfect
working for Stagecoach in Oxfordshire Graham looks after the buses from solution as it doesn’t reflect the sun and is
by adding the finishing touches to his the Leamington, Nuneaton, Rugby, unbreakable.”
200th bus. Whitney, Banbury and Oxford depots,
Freehand signwriter and commercial
vehicle painter Graham Williams
who prepare them for him by stripping
off all the old paint, leaving them New skill for
has worked for Stagecoach from the ready for Graham to prime, mask and
Banbury depot for the past five years, paint.
painting buses for the company in Graham’s skills are highly sought
Oxfordshire and Warwickshire. after as he’s probably one of the last A team of 12 Stagecoach in Oxfordshire
The 62-year-old from Bicester takes freehand signwriters and commercial supervisors has completed first response
around a week to complete a single vehicle painters in the area. When he’s training and received first aid certificates.
decker bus in the five Stagecoach not working on Stagecoach’s buses, Oxford Local Bus Manager Simon
colours. He paints the entire vehicle, he’s busy restoring vintage cars to their Mathieson said: “The first response course
including the roof, wheel rims, rubber former glory. enables them to effectively assess and deal
window seals, wheel arches and inside Banbury Depot Manager Trevor with situations where first aid is needed
the front grill. Bayliss said: “Graham is a real asset internally.
Graham said: “I take pride in every to Stagecoach and the job he has done “We believe we have a duty of care to
single bus I paint. I don’t have to do for us over the past five years has been our employees to look after them should
as much as I do but I always like to do fantastic. I just hope he continues for anyone become injured. It’s another skill we
Graham Williams paints his 200th bus. a job the best I can in the time I have a few more years to come!” are able to offer our supervisory team.”
6 Autumn 06
the league in Interplanetary travel
Colleagues in Warwickshire have
something to celebrate after the division
was named the Group’s number one
NVQ training facility.
proves star attraction
A recent audit was carried out at
Warwickshire and, after passing with
flying colours, it was highly commended Re-branding exercise sees passenger numbers start to rocket
for its practices.
The assessment team has managed
to reach a pass rate of 7% more than its
nearest rivals, which had been ahead of
Warwickshire earlier in the year.
now fully in
orbit – and have captured the
It has achieved a 60.8% pass rate
– an increase of 12.1% since the start travelling public.
of the year. Saturn, Jupiter, Venus, Pluto, Mercury
NVQ Co-ordinator Terry Dazis and Mars – all new branded buses – are
said: “We have an incredibly strong just over a month into action and already
assessment team in Warwickshire, attracting significant growth in patronage.
which has worked tirelessly to get us “The trends are looking very good,”
to and keep us at the number one spot. said James Freeman, Managing Director of
We’ve also received amazing support Stagecoach East.
from all management at Stagecoach.” “The level of awareness is surprisingly
Stagecoach in Warwickshire high in such a short space of time and we
Managing Director Phil Medlicott are seeing meaningful increases in passenger
added: “I’m incredibly pleased with numbers.
what the team has achieved over the “Local people have taken them to their
past year. It’s all down to Terry and hearts, which is a very pleasing sign.”
his assessors, Marie Wilson and Mark He said the old bus numbers had
Gee, who have worked hard to increase “disappeared without trace” with people
Warwickshire’s pass rate to the level preferring Jupiter to No 142.
it is.” And he added: “Astronomers may throw
The company encourages its Pluto out of the galaxy, but the Bedford to
people to keep learning and improving Northampton buses, with their vivid purple
themselves while part of the team. All branding, are carrying more passengers.”
Stagecoach colleagues are invited to James said Stagecoach had learned from
take up the training after three months’ experience that people could be won over
employment and 309 employees have to travelling by bus – even when they had In orbit: A passenger boards Mars, one of the new planet-branded buses.
taken the NVQ training in the past access to their own car.
year. He said this had happened where the of the concept to other areas. between Bedford, Wootton, Marston between the bus operator and Bedfordshire
network was simple and straightforward and The Mars network of routes, with vivid Moretaine, Cranfield and the university, and County Council and is a vital part of dealing
the service easy to understand and reliable. red and black branding, is half-hourly between the vivid purple Pluto buses have reduced with growth and congestion issues within
Bon appetit in Over the years, Bedfordshire’s network
had become complex and difficult to
Bedford, Biggleswade, Sandy, Shefford and
the travelling time between Bedford and
Northampton to just 50 minutes.
comprehend. Often the timetable had been Bright yellow Saturn buses are half-hourly The blue Mercury buses take a quicker If you have been involved in a project
worked around the needs of schoolchildren between Clophill and Bedford and hourly route from Sharnbrook to Bedford than was aimed at improving performance then
resulting in ‘inexplicable gaps in timetables between Bedford and Luton. previously the case. we’d like to hear about it.
Virgin CrossCountry Voyager has and uneven frequencies’. Jupiter buses, with orange displays, have James added: “The intention of these Your On Stage contact is listed
unveiled a new range of hot snacks, Stagecoach had decided that the time been increased to a half-hourly frequency changes has been to improve the main on p2.
sandwiches and alcoholic drinks. had come to overhaul the pattern of between Bedford, Ampthill and Flitwick, services through the county and, as a result,
Hot food tempting passengers Bedfordshire’s interurban services and the
first ‘planet’ to be introduced was Mars,
with the route already showing signs of encourage more people to use them. A tale
includes Gruyere cheese, mushroom
and tomato panini with English which has now been followed by an extension
significant growth in patronage.
Green Venus buses run half-hourly
“This is the starting point for the
development of quality bus partnerships
mustard, beef bolognese with pasta,
Door-to-door taxibus makes the right connections
and chicken tikka masala with rice.
Soup will also be on offer.
The sandwich range is being
extended with chicken salad on malted
bread, and cheese on white bread, East Coast train operator GNER has passengers from their home addresses
which customers can customise with joined forces with Stagecoach to launch within a 13-minute time slot, which will
pickle or mustard. a unique new service with the help of be confirmed at the time of booking.
New wines are also available, while Peterborough City Council. Season ticket holders can make a ‘block
double espresso has been added to The Door-to-Door TaxiBus service booking’ allowing them to be collected
the range of Fair Trade hot drinks. collects pre-booked passengers from from home at the same time each
As well as food and drink, the their homes in the Hampton area morning and returned to their door
Voyager shops sell a wide selection of the city and takes them direct to each evening.
of books and magazines for the Peterborough railway station. Andy Campbell, Managing Director
journey. GNER is investing over £200,000 of Stagecoach Cambridgeshire, said:
Virgin CrossCountry Head of during the next two years in the scheme, “We are delighted to be working in
Sales and Supply Richard Baker which will also take passengers home partnership with another quality
said: “Our Voyager shops are all again in the evening. The service could transport provider.
about quality and good value and our be expanded to cover other areas if “The Door-to-Door TaxiBus will
enhanced range reflects our determi- successful. be a hit with commuters in particular.
nation to offer greater choice to our The service connects with morning Additionally, Citi 6 will extend to the
customers.” and evening peak arrivals and departures railway station, offering a much-needed
at the station from Monday to Friday, ‘Station Hop’ to and from the city
Six-day and offers a direct journey time between
Hampton and the station of around 12
More details of the Door-to-Door
minutes. TaxiBus service and GNER train times
Stagecoach provides the vehicles and fares are available online at: www.
and drivers, while Peterborough City gner.co.uk. Details of all Stagecoach
Lloyd MacDiarmid, a bodyman with Council is also supporting the scheme bus services in Peterborough can be
Stagecoach Rugby, has passed his PCV by part subsidising a parallel regular bus found at: www.stagecoachbus.com/
driving test – after only six days in the service on Saturdays. peterborough or by calling Traveline on
The TaxiBus collects booked 0870 608 2 608. The Door-to-Door TaxiBus service is proving to be a great success.
Autumn 06 7
The right train
in the rain
The camaraderie and 'can do' attitude
of Stagecoach people impressed
for10 more gr
the County ecumenical officer for
Warwickshire when she undertook a
tour of the depots.
With Chris Lewis, Stagecoach in
Warwickshire Chaplain, as her guide,
Kay Dyer visited Leamington Spa,
Rugby and Nuneaton in monsoon
“I was amazed – and encouraged
– to find that the British spirit of
camaraderie and determination is alive
New South Western franchise will deliver
and well,” she said.
“The professional way that
problems were overcome was a credit
to any business. The rain was like a
monsoon but drivers were still smiling
and welcoming passengers as though it
was a sunny day.
major passenger service improvements
“Their knowledge of the routes was
amazing, down to being able to describe
reduce ticket office queues.
who the regular passengers were that
would be standing at each stop on their
route. The South Western franchise • Introduction of automatic gates at
13 additional stations to improve
security and reduce ticketless travel.
“It was certainly a day to remember
and I thank everyone for welcoming me
he key highlights of the
into their workplace to see a day in the new franchise – developed The South Western franchise combines two existing franchises:
life of a Stagecoach depot,” she added. following extensive consul- South West Trains and Island Line. It includes services from London Station enhancements
tation with more than 100 Waterloo to Woking, Basingstoke, Southampton, Portsmouth,
Stagecoach local, regional and national
stakeholder groups –
Exeter and Reading. Bournemouth, Weymouth, Guildford and
Salisbury are also served, with the Island Line operating between
• Major station refurbishment at 14
• Investment of around £40 million
include: Ryde and Shanklin on the Isle of Wight. in core station improvements,
The new 10-year franchise will run from 4 February 2007, with including better subways, lighting,
get positive Fleet improvement and capacity
the last three years conditional upon preset performance criteria
waiting rooms, booking halls, toilets,
shelters and seats.
• Lighting, painting and cleaning
• Significant increase in capacity, with improvements at all 185 stations.
21% more mainline peak capacity
and a 20% increase in peak suburban CCTV to a central monitoring point, option to increase this to cover 95%
Shareholders were given a positive
update at the 26th Annual General
capacity. and the installation of CCTV on of footfall. Customer service and information
• Deployment of 17 additional Class every mainland train. • Accreditation of 25 secure station
Meeting of Stagecoach Group.
450 units ordered by DfT, as well • Retention of guards on every train. car parks. • New passenger charter with clear
Chairman Robert Speirs told the
as a rolling stock refurbishment • Provision of personal alarms to targets and simplified compensation
meeting at Perth Concert Hall that the
programme to deliver extra capacity. all guards and on-train revenue structure.
Group had made a good start to the
financial year ending April 30, 2007 and
• Maximum length trains on almost all protection staff to deter assaults. Fares and Ticketing • Better customer information with
peak services. • Additional plain clothes British passenger information systems
trading was in line with the company’s
• Additional morning peak service Transport Police officers on the • £19 million investment in Smartcard extended to cover every train on the
from Basingstoke to Waterloo. network. technology to make ticket purchasing mainland network and most Island
He said: “We believe there are
• Plans to introduce 10-car trains on • Creation of Travel Safe Alliance much easier. Line stations.
further opportunities to increase
Windsor to Waterloo services in in the London metro area to share • Promotion of internet purchasing • Provision of an additional 2,000 car
shareholder value by growing our bus
2010. information and best practice. and telesales. parking spaces across the network.
and rail businesses in the UK and
• More effective deployment of • Extension of Stagecoach’s budget
North America. We will also evaluate
TravelSafe Officers and security rail service megatrain.com.
other opportunities to grow our rail
portfolio. Overall, the Group has made
Security guards that better match the current • Flexible ticket options, with different Performance
pattern of railway crimes/incidents. prices, depending on the time of
a promising start to the financial year.”
• More visible staff presence to • Accreditation of 13 additional travel. • A commitment to further improve
Mr Speirs also welcomed recently
improve personal security. secure stations giving a total of 62, • Installation of a further 160 self- performance through modifica-
appointed Board member Sir George
• Every mainland station linked by covering 80% of footfall, with an service ticket vending machines to tions to trains, as well as improved
Mathewson at the meeting.
management of stations, to ease
congestion and speed up train
• A line speed and signalling
buses forward enhancement on the main suburban
network to save running time.
A driver at Stagecoach North East has
been awarded “Highly Commended” at Island Line
this year’s National Transport Awards
for the National Frontline Employee • Investment to ensure the continued
of the Year. viability of the existing Island Line
David Hands was over the moon rolling stock and infrastructure.
with his award, which he travelled down • Will roll out many of the initiatives
to the Park Lane Hilton to receive in proposed for the mainland part of
July. The awards dinner featured Michael the business, including smart cards.
Portillo as the after-dinner speaker. However, we will also maintain the
David said of his award: “It’s nice to important local focus of the service,
have something to show for your hard making the Island-based general
work. It’s a shame we didn’t win but manager responsible for all Island
second in the country isn’t bad!” Line matters.
The award is given to an employee • Will work with DfT to place
who “has gone beyond the call of Island Line on a firm footing as a
duty in their role and delivered a better Community Rail Partnership.
service as a result”.
8 Autumn 06
n of thought
An expansion of megabus.com
in Rugby has led to Stagecoach in
Warwickshire appointing new day
and night controllers.
Martin Dunckley is the new day
controller, working from 11am to
8pm, while Gary Packer covers the
8pm to 2am shift.
The new megabus work started in
Rugby in May, with 10 rosters on the
M6 corridor between Birmingham
The three initial vehicles have
since increased to eight and the
number of drivers has risen to 32
to cover the M1 corridor between
Nottingham and London.
Stagecoach in Warwickshire
continues to recruit both for its
megabus and stage carriage workforce,
which itself needs 55 drivers.
Rugby Operations Manager
Wayne Simpson said: “With the
expansion of megabus, the growth
of the business has been phenomenal
and we are now running a duplicate
service at weekends.
“We now operate 31 rosters and
run a total of 247 megabus trips a
week from Rugby depot.”
just the ticket
A sticky problem in Chesterfield is
being tackled with a little help from
Working with Chesterfield
Borough Council, the company has
launched ‘Sticket’ – a bus ticket
passengers are encouraged to use for
their unwanted chewing gum.
The problem was highlighted
recently with the removal of more
than 2,000 pieces of gum from a
100-square metre area of the town.
Early indications are that the
‘Stick it in a ticket then bin it!’
campaign is proving to be a great
Stagecoach Operations Director
Richard Kay said: “People often just
throw their used ticket away so we
thought it would be great to offer
people a use for them which will help
keep our streets, buses and town
cleaner and more pleasant.”
Training at UK Bus has taken a step
forward with the appointment of
Management Development Advisor
Working within the training and
development team, David will be
responsible for delivering in-house
courses in the operating companies.
Initially, he will work on a
super visor/inspector training
programme and support current
training and development initiatives.
David has more than 20 years’
experience of preparing and providing
management development programmes
for a vast range of private and public
Autumn 06 9
Reward for the ‘bear’ necessities £4m spend
Ever keen to help out good causes
for the local community, Managing
more than happy to help out, as
the team members of St John who bus fleet
Director of Stagecoach Cambridgeshire attended the Cambridge Teddy bears’
Andy Campbell donated £250 to the Picnic launch event did an excellent
St John Ambulance Service to assist job.
with their campaign to fund a mobile Luckily the cases that were dealt
Bus passengers in the north east of England
first aid unit. with were minor and the only medical
are to benefit from a multi-million pound
Andy (pictured getting treatment assistance required was needed to
investment in new vehicles by Stagecoach.
from St John Ambulance staff) was soothe heat rash and wasp stings.
The company is introducing 23 new
easy access double-decker Enviro 400
A little bit of green
vehicles, manufactured by Alexander
Dennis, on routes 62 and 63 in Newcastle.
Stagecoach customers in the
Sunderland and South Shields areas are
also set to benefit from an investment in
20 new single-decker buses, which will be
introduced in the run-up to Christmas.
in the Big Apple
The total investment in the new fleet is
around £4 million and all of the vehicles
are designed to a high specification.
Features include clean and spacious
interiors, low entrances that kneel to kerb
height, a special buggy parking area, space
for a wheelchair, as well as the latest Euro 3
engines to help improve the environment.
Clean air buses help New York City breathe easy
The life of a
Newunveiled. first cleanhave
Twenty-one of the iconic red double-
decker Gray Line New York Sightseeing
buses, which host millions of passengers This humorous poem was sent in by a bus driver
annually, now use technology that in Manchester.
reduces 85 % of the harmful pollution
from their diesel engines. This is the story of a five-pound note,
New York Sightseeing operates Which, for part of its life, was in a bus
double-decker buses, motorcoaches, driver’s float!
trolleys, and minibuses throughout New
York City and is a subsidiary of Coach It was born in a bank, all crisp and clean,
USA, a Stagecoach Group company. Little did it know that some people were
A $400,000 grant has enabled Gray mean.
Line New York to demonstrate the
effectiveness of innovative emission It travelled around in pockets and purses,
controls and use ultra-low sulphur Until its appearance became dirty and
diesel fuel over the past 18 months worthless.
before it becomes widely available this
autumn. People treated it with contempt,
The buses, which were unveiled Was this the way its life was meant?
this summer, are expected to remain The Honourable James F Gennaro, Chair of the Committee on Environmental Protection of the New York City Council, hosted the partners
in service for another seven years, responsible for the city's first clean air sightseeing buses at a special unveiling at the City Hall steps on July 11. Deep in the depths of dark, dirty pockets,
providing clean air benefits to both city It spends its life without any light.
residents and visitors. of a wider agenda to reduce pollutants New York Sightseeing, welcomed the at Gray Line New York are committed
From January 2007, emission from diesel emissions in New York, opportunity to participate in the clean to providing environmental innovations So... Stagecoach drivers, if you’re given a
control technology must be installed on which has a childhood asthma rate air demonstration project. and new visitor sightseeing experiences clean, crisp, new fiver,
older diesel-powered sightseeing buses among the highest in the United States. He said: “Having served visitors to that contribute to the enhancement of Please, oh please, don’t have a fright!
operating in the city. The law is part Tom Lewis, President of Gray Line New York City for 80 years, all of us tourism in the city.”
Outstations play essential role Service with
The growing importance of bus outsta- listen to what people tell us, particularly in
miles of smiles
tions has been stressed by Stagecoach in rural areas, where our drivers live and work Stagecoach in Darlington has started a
Oxfordshire. and serve those communities. At Chipping new initiative to improve customer service
Bus outstations or satellite depots are Norton we have a dedicated team of seven on-board its buses.
essential in continuing to provide rural areas full-time drivers, who know their passengers Passengers can nominate their driver
with a dependable public transport system and the relationship with the customer is to receive a monthly Customer Service
both now and for the future. very strong . Award, based on helpfulness and attitude.
Without the bus outstation, Stagecoach in “They are building relationships day in People can nominate by text, or by
Oxfordshire says it would be “very difficult” day out – they won’t get away with giving less post, detailing either the driver name or
to maintain a strong relationship with than their best. More than ever, passengers number.
communities that rely more and more on benefit from having drivers who are in the The votes are tallied at the end of
public transport. community and understand the needs of the month and the driver with the most
Stagecoach, which has three outstations local people.” nominations receives a cash prize of
in Oxfordshire, says an increasing number of £150.
people – particularly those with concessionary If you have been involved in a project The scheme has been introduced to
travel passes – are regularly using the services aimed at improving performance then help instil a “customer-focused” approach
that these satellites provide. we’d like to hear about it. within the company. Marketing Manager
Demand for the bus on these routes has Jodine Milne said: “Expectations of service
Your On Stage contact is listed
recently led to the number of double deckers levels on public transport have increased
at the outstation increasing from three to five dramatically over the last few years. Our
to meet the need for greater capacity. A tale drivers are working really hard to achieve
excellent customer service in their jobs
Simon Mathieson with one of the outstation buses.
Stagecoach Local Service Manager Simon
Mathieson said: “It is important that we to tell? and we want to offer some recognition for
10 Autumn 06
Passengers New buses and familiar faces have given a
Kickstart to a £1 million partnership between Stagecoach kickstarts Route 55
quick win initiative that will deliver a much
needed boost for bus provision in the area
asked to vote
Stagecoach West, the Department for while making a real difference to passengers
Transport and Wiltshire County Council. in Wiltshire.
Eight new double-decker buses with Bassett to Swindon. Swindon in conjunction with Route 55. “Our Kickstart schemes have already
for company’s dedicated space on board for a wheelchair or
buggy have been purchased for the new Route
The scheme will see the Chippenham
– Swindon daytime service increase to every
To mark the beginning of the initiative
and the partnership, Ian Manning, Managing
delivered outstanding results elsewhere in the
UK and I’m sure we can expect the same from
star performer 55 Kickstart scheme. 20 minutes from Monday to Saturday, and Director for Stagecoach West; Fleur de Rhé- Route 55. More than £1 million has been
And six of the new buses feature every 30 minutes on Sunday. Philipe, Wiltshire County Council’s Cabinet invested in new vehicles and a more frequent
photographs of local people who entered a Wootton Bassett customers will also Member for Transport; and Senior Traffic service as a result of our partnership with
South West Trains has again asked competition to become the faces of Route benefit from an enhanced Route 54 to serve Commissioner Phillip Brown jointly launched the Department for Transport and Wiltshire
passengers which member of staff 55. Three new single deckers have also been the surrounding estates, with a new 10-minute Route 55 at Bowood House. County Council, which I’m sure will encourage
gives exceptional customer service. purchased for Route 54, connecting Wootton Monday – Saturday daytime frequency to Ian Manning said: “This is a practical, more people to leave their cars at home.”
As part of October’s National
Customer Service Week, South West
Drivers all revved up
Trains invited passengers to pick out
its customer service stars.
It was a chance to recognise and
applaud members of staff across
the network and included everyone
working on the platforms and behind
for the ‘Full Monty’
the ticket office window, cleaners
and staff on board trains.
Managing Director Stewart Palmer
said: “We are committed to delivering
the highest standards of customer
service and staff were amazed but
delighted with the entries we received
from passengers last year.
The Kettering performedThe
“This is a fantastic opportunity bus drivers’
to recognise what people at stations
and on trains do for us, day in and
own routine will be ‘Just Charity to benefit when curtain rises on ‘Just The Ticket’
day out, and can still manage to smile Ticket’ when it’s on
and assist us despite some of the stage later in the year.
huge challenges they may be facing.” Five drivers, who volunteered to ‘bare all', Stagecoach East, Kettering, reflecting on the garage approaching the younger drivers with,” said Lesley who, together with Alan, is
Every year, thousands of customer will have only their busmen’s hats to cover a couple of charity events that had been to see if they would be prepared to do a choreographing the routine.
service professionals celebrate their modesty when the curtain closes on cancelled through lack of support. tasteful ‘Full Monty’ for charity. Although a venue and date have still to
National Customer Service Week, their courageous routine. “I bet people would all turn up if it was To Lesley’s surprise, 10 volunteers came be decided, ‘Just The Ticket’ has already
which aims to highlight the crucial Drivers Chris Bennett, Dale Burns, Adam a strip show,” joked Driver Alan Rutter. “I’m forward and they were all put to the test. captured the imagination of drivers’ families
role that members of staff play in Cullinan, Adrian Foster and Stefan White sure there wouldn’t be any lack of support Five were chosen for ‘Just The Ticket’ and and friends. “We have promises of lots of
providing a service to passengers. – aged between 20 and 40 – have volunteered for something like that.” Sunday rehearsals are now under way at a ticket sales – even before we have set a price,”
Last year’s overall winner, John for ‘Just The Ticket’. His comment was endorsed by fellow club in Finedon. said Alan. “We are confident we can sell
Mather from Winnersh Triangle, said: It all started out as a joke. A small driver Lesley Cooper who reckoned it was an “We assured them we wouldn’t make between 250 and 300 tickets and will need
“I am still so proud of my award and group was sitting in the garage canteen of excellent idea. For a laugh, she went round them do anything they were uncomfortable a venue big enough for a large audience and
was totally shocked at winning it. staging.”
“I was touched that so many The choreography for the routine is
passengers took the time to actually about half-way through and both Lesley and
nominate me. I appreciate how busy Alan are impressed with the way the drivers
everyone is and I just try my best to are working hard as a team. “It’s amazing
make things easier for them when how dedicated they are,” said Alan. “They are
they travel with us.” really working so hard.”
Lesley said they would certainly surprise
people. “They are putting in lots of hours
Kate drives and last Sunday’s rehearsal, which started at
six o’clock, didn’t finish until 10.
to success in
“Movements are based on ‘The Full
Monty’, but they will definitely be our own
creative ideas,” she explained.
record time Adrian said they were enjoying the
rehearsals and looking forward to the ‘live’
performance. Lesley has asked Stagecoach
Not only is Kate Fryer turning out East if it could find her five flat hats and her
to be a great driver, she’s passed her Operations Manager, Brian Haddon, said
NVQ Level 2 with top marks. she could be sure of as much help as they
In fact, 22-year-old Kate is could give.
believed to be the youngest person “They are doing this for all the right
to have passed the qualification reasons – it’s good for morale and will benefit
throughout the entire Stagecoach charity,” he added.
Group. The organisers of ‘Just The Ticket’ are
She has achieved the NVQ hoping to raise £1,000 for the Cransley
training in record time, taking just Hats off to the boys: Lesley Cooper, Adrian Foster and Alan Rutter go through the famous tie routine. Hospice.
three months to complete when the
average is normally six.
Chaplain’s ‘Smart’ reaction to congestion
Based at Leamington depot, Kate
has been driving for Stagecoach in
Warwickshire for 12 months. She
started out after leaving university As you would expect, Stagecoach in pedals, accelerator and brake, because it has a
and has found the job rewarding Warwickshire’s chaplain travels by bus semi-automatic transmission.
because of the variety and the number whenever he can – and has even been known “The other bus-like feature is that the
of different people she meets. to drive a bus in the grounds of a depot if track of the rear wheels is wider than that of
She said: “I’m really enjoying the given the chance. the front ones”.
job and the NVQ training. Trainers But, when the Rev Chris Lewis can’t Its red and black colour scheme is also a
Mark and Terry have really helped use the bus, his next option to help beat reminder of the old Midland Red coaches,
me through the process and have congestion is his very own ‘baby bus’ – a which had red painted sides and a black roof.
guided me the whole way, which I’m Smart car. “To fight congestion – and for environ-
grateful for.” At 2.5 metres long, it’s about the same mental reasons – we should be cycling and
Her trainer, Terry, added: “Kate width as a bus but doesn’t have anything like using public transport more,” said Chris.
has done incredibly well and should the same seating capacity! “But with duties all over Coventry and
be very proud of what she has “In a funny sort of way, the Smart car is a Warwickshire, public transport isn’t always an
achieved. She has put in a huge bit like a baby bus,” said Chris, Chaplain to the option for me, so the very economical and
amount of effort and I’m sure she depots at Leamington, Nuneaton and Rugby. low emission Smart car is the next best thing.
will go on and progress within “The 599cc engine is under the floor at I even read that racing driver David Coulthard
Stagecoach as she definitely has the the rear. Like most buses, it only has two uses one.” The smart option: Chris' low emisson car.
talent to do so.”
Autumn 06 11
Broadcast bus All aboard for Paisley
gets great Passengers will be all aboard for Paisley
with Stagecoach West Scotland and its new
summer, operates Monday to Saturday and
offers a valuable link to commuters, students
X33 service operating between Ayr, Irvine, and day-trippers stopping at Reid Kerr College
Kilwinning, Beith and Paisley. and Paisley Cross, offering easy access to the
The hourly service, which began this shops.
The Stagecoach-backed Determined to New MAN buses are used on the route with
Broadcast roadshow is under way. From left, Malky Duncan, Area Operations Manager; low floor access for wheelchairs and prams,
The Scottish Executive initiative is Donald Reid, Councillor for Kilwinning West; Sam ABS and EBS braking systems and Euro3
giving thousands of young Scots the Greer, Managing Director West Scotland; and John low emissions to ensure maximum access and
opportunity to try their hand at creating Harper, Engineering Director. safety for customers and the environment.
their own radio show.
This is possible thanks to a
customised double-decker bus, fully
equipped with a Synergy Broadcast
Centre, which functions as a mobile
radio studio and production facility.
The bus is visiting hundreds of
schools across Scotland to create
summer in the Citi
an innovative and exciting learning
experience for young people.
Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong
Learning Nicol Stephen said: “We
want to ensure all of Scotland’s young
people have the skills needed to prepare
them fully for the world of work. This
programme goes a long way to building
confidence, ambition and an entrepre-
neurial outlook among young people.”
Network launch proves to be a fun day for all the family
John Collins, Determined to
A family funCambridgeshire’s
Broadcast Programme Director, said:
“When I wanted to work in radio there
day, marking the
was no clear route into the industry – launch of
now there is. Determined to Broadcast improved Citi network,
gives young people solid experience certainly put a smile on a few
in a realistic programme-making young faces.
environment, as well as giving them More than 500 people turned up to
advice on how to take their first steps the concerts and activities organised by
in broadcasting. Through this project, Stagecoach to celebrate the success of the
we’re really hoping to find tomorrow’s network – developed through Kickstart
top talent.” funding – and thank its valued customers.
A teddy bears’ picnic was the theme, with
the event being held in local hotel grounds
easily accessible from the Citi 7 route. It
coincided with the first day of the school
– will travel! summer holidays and hosted a whole range
of activities for the kids.
There were two performances of a teddy
Stagecoach in Warwickshire has seen a bears’ picnic musical concert, courtesy of
large rise in the number of passengers the group’s 13-year partnership with Mari
travelling on its services with a concession- Markus Gomori Concerts for Children.
ary fare pass. Other activities included a football
The pass, which gives pensioners free skills session, organised by Histon Football
travel, was recently altered to enable people Club; circus skills training with Patchwork
to use it across district council borders. Circus; face painting; open top bus rides;
Previously, holders would need to a bus shaped bouncy castle and rides on
purchase a ticket for any part of their an original horse drawn stagecoach. There
journey which took them over the district was also live broadcasting from local radio Youngsters thought the bus shaped bouncy castle was miles ahead of other activities.
council border. station Q103.
Routes which have seen the largest Cambridgeshire County Council members Community Services, addressed guests from They praised the enhanced Citi 7 service, With a day of glorious weather, picnic
increase are the town services throughout enjoyed a more formal reception, joined by the entrance of a park and ride bus. which runs up to every 10 minutes and goers chose their sites carefully, to be shaded
the county and, in particular, the number local councillors and other important guests In their individual speeches, they focused benefits people from Cottenham, Histon, from the intense sunshine and closer to the
63, 64 and 86 routes. including Dr Caroline Cahm from Bus Users on the importance of the Government’s Impington, Trumpington, Great Shelford, ice cream van.
Operations Manager for Rugby Wayne UK, Managing Director Andy Campbell and Kickstart grant, which made the network Stapleford and Sawston. And on the way home, kids snapped up
Simpson said: “The number of passengers Commercial Director Philip Norwell. improvements possible, and on the continued Afterwards, an original stagecoach was goody bags and multi coloured Cambridge
using the concessionary passes has been a Andy Campbell and John Reynolds, partnership between Stagecoach and the brought in to chauffeur the VIPs around for Citi balloons, all leaving with smiling faces
lot more than we ever expected. Cabinet Member for the Environment and County Council. a photo opportunity before lunch. and some rather red from the sunshine!
“We have noticed a significant increase
in the number of elderly passengers from
New route opens up town centre
the rural areas and drivers have commented
on the number of people who previously
came into town once a week, now making
additional journeys because they don’t A new route in Warwickshire is giving Warwickshire Managing Director, said:
have to worry about the money.” Stagecoach customers easier access to “The investment on the new timetable
town centre shopping facilities. and route is purely down to the success of
Buses support There are now twice as many low
floor buses travelling all week between
buses in Leamington.
“Five years ago, over £1 million was
Uni open day
Lillington, Stud Farm, Leamington town invested by Stagecoach on a completely
centre and Sydenham thanks to the new new fleet of buses to revolutionise the
Route 67. network in Leamington. Since then, we
The service, which runs every 15 have seen passenger numbers grow steadily
Visitors to Oxford for the Brookes
minutes, Monday to Saturday, and every year on year. Now it is time to improve
University open day in June found it
30 minutes on Sundays, is one of the again to meet the growing demand.
easy to travel between campuses.
biggest improvements to Leamington bus “The new Route 67 is a completely
Services on the Brookes Bus route
travel in years. new offer and improves low floor bus
from Wheatley to the railway station
Sydenham residents are now benefiting services into the town centre for residents
via the City Centre were specially
from low floor buses for the first time in both Lillington and Sydenham. The
increased to a 15-minute frequency
and, combined with the unibus, twice as buses will be easy to spot because they
to help visitors travelling to the
many buses run to the town centre as are branded in a striking green and all bus
campuses, rail station and Thornhill
before. stops have been improved with new flags
park and ride.
Phil Medlicott (centre) cuts the tape to launch the new route. Phil Medlicott, Stagecoach in and timetable information.”
12 Autumn 06
Think pink and ride to save lives Tigger and
A hot pink Cambridge Park and Ride bus will
help save lives and try to raise over £50,000
Chloe Higgins, Community Fundraiser
for Cambridgeshire from Cancer Research Zebedee
hit the streets
for Cancer Research UK this month. UK, said: “I am delighted to be joining forces
Cambridge’s award winning Park & Ride with Cambridge’s award winning Park &
service will be joining forces with Cancer Ride service and really hope that we can try
Research UK to raise money for the ‘All Join
Together’ campaign in support of breast
and raise over £50,000 towards the ‘All Join
Together’ campaign.” of Winchester
cancer research. But it doesn’t stop there. Park & Ride is
On every Tuesday in October when run as a partnership and this October all the The names of some well-known
customers buy a return ticket for £2, (or partners are asking people to ‘Think Pink’. cartoon characters can now be seen
£1.50 ticket to Babraham to Addenbrooke’s Towards the end of October, Cambridge in and around Winchester after the
Hospital journeys) Stagecoach will donate £1 store Robert Sayle will be offering pampering arrival of two new buses for the town’s
(or 75p if the £1.50 ticket is purchased) to and fashion advice on board the pink Park re-branded Spring service.
Cancer Research UK. & Ride bus in New Square, Cambridge Appropriately enough, the two
Stagecoach’s Managing Director for between 11am – 4pm. buses have been named Tigger and
Cambridgeshire, Andy Campbell, said: The Grafton in Cambridge will be Zebedee, and they will be dedicated to
Some of the partners at the launch of the Think Pink campaign
“Stagecoach is committed to giving back to hosting its annual fashion week from Sunday the every 20-minute service between
the community and ‘Think Pink’ can directly 22 October and ‘Think Pink’ is offering dotted about the City during October, giving Building on the highly successful drive-in Winchester and Springvale via Kings
do this. We hope as many people as possible people the chance to be part of this show, people plenty of opportunity to make a movies hosted at the Trumpington site over Worthy.
use Park & Ride on Tuesdays because the which is seen by thousands of people across donation. Most Cambridge University the summer, Park & Ride has arranged more Cllr Mel Kendall, Hampshire
more people who use the service the more Cambridge. departments and colleges will also have screenings in association with the Cambridge County Council’s Executive Member
money we will donate.” ‘Think Pink’ collection boxes will be donation boxes. Film Trust. for Environment, and Andrew Dyer,
Managing Director for Stagecoach
South, were joined by members of
Winchester City Council and Hampshire
Fife buses route out
County Council to officially name and
launch the easy access, wheelchair and
baby-buggy friendly single deck buses.
Andrew Dyer says that the
£190,000 investment to add to the
fleet of 55 buses operated from the
Winchester depot reflects the success
of the established route.
“This is the third of the key bus
routes in Winchester to have new,
easy access buses, so we feel that the
buses and the service deserve their
own identities,” he said. “Our staff
voted for the names of Zebedee and
Stagecoach and police join forces to help reassure passengers Tigger, but there will be no spring or
bounce in the ride due to the excellent
Stagecoach East routes. antisocialteamed uponwith Fife
Constabulary to tackle behaviour some of Virgin Trains’
the Kingdom’s bus
As part of the nationwide Safer commitment to safer travel for our influence
Scotland campaign, focusing on knife
and alcohol-related crime, uniformed and
plain-clothed officers took the bus on
passengers and employees, as well as
“Bus services are a lifeline for many
routes known to attract troublemakers. people in Fife and crime on buses is Virgin Trains has been named as one
Stagecoach worked closely with the extremely low. However, even the fear of the top 50 influences of business
police to identify routes used by youths of crime can act as a deterrent to travel. travel over the past 12 months.
whose drunken or antisocial behaviour This campaign sent out a clear message Trade journal Business Travel
has caused problems for our drivers. that any antisocial behaviour on public World (BTW) says the introduction
Over one weekend this summer, the transport will not be tolerated.” of the Pendolino fleet in 2003 was the
20-strong team of officers zoned in on Superintendent Martin Birrell, who beginning of a new age of business
bus destinations known to be trouble spearheaded the operation, added: “We rail travel, with customers returning to
hotspots, such as Dunfermline, Rosyth, are calling time on these travelling West Coast routes because of the high-
Cupar, Kirkcaldy, St Andrews and Leven. youths whose behaviour alarms fellow quality service.
They were on the lookout for people passengers and concerns Stagecoach and The move to rail is reflected in the
causing trouble at or near bus stops and its staff. rail/air market on the Manchester to
stations. “The people of Fife have a right London route. In September 2004,
Robert Andrew, Managing Director to be able to travel in a safe and Virgin Trains had just 40% share
of Stagecoach Scotland, said: “We work secure environment, just as Stagecoach compared with 60% in March 2006.
very closely with Fife Constabulary on staff have the right to work in a safe Teamwork: From left, Acting Sergeant Steven Miller, Driver Jamie Reid and Doug Fleming, Managing Passenger volumes on its West Coast
a number of initiatives as part of our environment.” Director of Stagecoach East Scotland. franchise also moved up 21.6% in the
last financial year ending March 2006.
Management trainee Driver Jason
wins first post rules the
Stagecoach management trainee David
Lee-Kong was celebrating recently as
at Stagecoach South, says that he is
delighted to welcome David to the
he took on his first post with the management team. A Leamington driver is a champ on the
company. “David is just one of up to six chessboard.
After two years as a trainee, David management trainees who become Jason Madden has retained the
was appointed as Assistant Operations available each year through the Stagecoach Leamington and District Under 100
Manager at Worthing. Graduate Training Programme, created Handicap Chess Championship for
David (23) from Derby, started 15 years ago. We are pleased that he the third time. He has also captained
his training at Stagecoach West after has joined Operations Manager Bob the Leamington Spa B team to the
studying Transport Management at Jackson at Worthing.” league division 3 title.
Swansea University. He then went on The Worthing depot operates a When he’s not behind a chessboard,
a 10-month secondment to the Scottish fleet of 75 vehicles supported by 180 Jason is at the wheel on the Alcester,
Executive as a Project Assistant for the drivers, engineering and administration Evesham, Stratford or Chipping
National Concessionary Travel Scheme. personnel. Over five million passengers Norton routes.
David Lee–Kong. Andrew Dyer, Managing Director use the network each year.
Autumn 06 13
Bus Driver of the Year
The national finals of theasUK Driver nearly 120 drivers from 48
were as hotly contested ever, with
operating companies taking part.
of the Year competition
There were 12 finalists from inaugural Donald MacDonald memorial
Stagecoach taking part in the event held shield for ‘Best competitor from a depot
in Blackpool last month. in South Wales’.
Written tests challenged drivers’ The shield is presented in memory
knowledge of the Highway Code and of a very recently retired Stagecoach
Mechanical Principles, while they also manager’s father who sadly passed away
faced a series of practical driving tests earlier this year.
on a route that included a mock-up of There was a double celebration for
a bus station. Robert as he proposed to his girlfriend
Among the notable successes were in Blackpool and she gave a comprehen-
Stagecoach North East driver John Page, sive “yes”.
who received an award for appearing in Les Warneford, Managing Director
the most consecutive national finals. He of Stagecoach UK Bus, said: “All the
was also the highest placed Stagecoach Stagecoach drivers who took part in the
competitor. competition, including our winners, are
Also making his mark was Stagecoach excellent ambassadors for the business.
Wales driver Robert White, who finished
a very creditable 32nd overall and won the
It is heartening to see that our drivers are
among the best in the industry.” Robert White with his trophies. Mick decides
to get back
The Stagecoach drivers who made it to the national finals had to come
through their regional competitions. Here, we look at some of the
A training officer in Warwickshire is
winners from those events, held across the country. celebrating a decade at Stagecoach by
going back to school.
Mick Copson, based at the training
Ted makes it a hat-trick
school in Rugby, has helped hundreds
King of of trainee drivers over the years and
is now studying for his NVQ Level 3
the road driving instructor certificate.
Fifty-one-year-old Mick, who is
Warwick born and bred, trained to be
Leamington driver Peter a bus driver at Warwickshire and then
Reynolds is Stagecoach in spent 12 months as a despatch clerk
Warwickshire’s Bus Driver of at the Leamington depot.
the Year. For the last seven years, he has
He won the competition been involved in training, either in
at the A5 Truck Stop, Rugby, the classroom or as a ‘buddy’ to
beating runner-up Stuart trainee drivers. He is now in his
Hughes, of the Stagecoach Peter receives his award from Councillor Davies. third year as training officer, which
Rugby depot, by seven points. saw him transfer from Leamington
The team of finalists and examiners enjoy the final heat in Dunfermline. Third was another Rugby winners. to Rugby.
driver, Nora Conner. Competition organiser Ann Compton said: Mick now hopes to pass his NVQ
Stagecoach East Scotland and Bluebird the third year running. Accompanying him Both Stuart and Nora “Councillor Davies really entered into the spirit of the in driving instruction within his 10th
recently held their final heats in preparation was runner-up Thomas Hamilton (Aberhill have been driving Stagecoach competition. So much so that he actually drove a bus on anniversary year.
for the industry UK Bus Driver of the depot) and third-placed Sharon Reid buses in Rugby for four the off-road circuit we used for the competition. He said
Year award. (Peterhead depot). years. afterwards he had thoroughly enjoyed the experience.”
The top three placed drivers travelled to Doug Fleming, Managing Director, Warwickshire County In charge of the competition scoring was Bob Page, a
Blackpool in September for the renowned Stagecoach East Scotland, said: “We have Council Chair Councillor training officer based at Rugby.
award, now in its 40th year.
In first place, Ted Reid (Macduff
depot) attended the competition final for
always been well represented at these awards
and congratulate our three competitors on
making the Blackpool final.”
Chris Davies presented the
prizes, which included cer-
tificates and vouchers for the
Peter represented Stagecoach in Warwickshire in
the national Bus Driver of the Year competition at
A multi million pound investment is
set to provide over 4,500 extra seats
Second time lucky for Ian Daniel’s the top driver
on South West Trains’ network.
In a bid to ease over-crowding
on some of the busiest commuter
routes, 17 new Class 450 Desiro
Ian Nicol of Cumnock depot took
trains, procured from Siemens and
home the spoils in the West Scotland
owned and leased by Angel Trains,
will be introduced by the end of
Stagecoach West Scotland recently
held heats with its own smaller
The new train order will enable
version of the national competition,
South West Trains to run more
involving a written theory test and
12-carriage trains at peak times to
driving ability test.
Thirty-nine-year-old Ian, who has
Unit number 450 113 will be
worked for Stagecoach for almost six
named ‘Fairbridge – investing in the
years, came out on top, with second
future’. The name was chosen in
place going to Alex Anderson, of Pictured, back row from left, are Training Manager Wayne Lively, Managing Director Paul Lynch and recognition of South West Trains’
Cumnock depot, and third to Sylvia Driving Examiner Dave Earl. Pictured in the front row, from left, are Daniel, Denise and Nigel. long running support of Fairbridge,
Tricker, of Ardrossan depot. The
a charity, which gives a head start to
winners each received a cash prize. The East Midlands competition was won from Mansfield depot received £100.
young people living in disadvantaged
This is the second time Ian has by Chesterfield depot’s Daniel Baines. It is an excellent achievement by the
taken part in the competition. He Ian Burns (left), Operations Manager Cumnock; He picked up £250, a trophy and a trio as the standard of competition was
Stewart Palmer, South West Trains’
last represented the company at the and Ian Nicol. certificate for his efforts. particularly high.
Managing Director, said: “The 17
2003 finals. However, second-placed Denise Daniel went on to represent Stagecoach
extra trains will provide over 4,500
Ian Burns, Operations Manager local competition and get the chance to Hancock, from Worksop depot, didn’t go East Midlands in the national finals in
extra seats for our passengers, which
Cumnock, Stagecoach West Scotland, represent our company at the national away empty handed. She drove off with Blackpool, where he won the Youngest
is a vital step towards dealing with
said: “Ian did really well to win our finals.” £150, while third-placed Nigel Dutton National Finalist category.
the issue of overcrowding.”
14 Autumn 06
Bus use inpeople get growinga
Scotland gets back
as local back on
board public transport as
result of partnership projects
across the country.
The number of passengers using
on board the bus
Stagecoach bus services in Scotland,
where the company operates more than
1,300 vehicles, is up more than 4%
compared to 2005.
A series of joint projects with
local authorities, Regional Transport
Partnerships and the Scottish Executive
has sparked further huge growth in
passenger numbers, with increases of the Bus Route Development Grant better infrastructure; and innovative Scotland. It shows what can be achieved bus travel for local people. These new
up to 35% in some parts of Scotland. (BRDG) scheme. telemarketing programmes to attract when there is a strong partnership figures prove that the Kickstart concept
The Scottish Executive has taken The initiatives have included people out of their cars. approach between good bus operators is growing the number of people
forward Stagecoach’s Kickstart concept investment in new buses, with better Brian Souter, Chief Executive of and proactive local authorities. taking the public transport option and
for targeted funding to support the accessibility, security and environmen- Stagecoach Group, said: “This is a “Stagecoach has been at the providing excellent value for money to
introduction of new bus services under tal performance; improved frequencies; great public transport success story for forefront of new ideas on improving taxpayers.”
New three-year partnership projects under
way in the Highlands, North-east, Tayside,
Fife and south-west Scotland have already had
Inverness with the increased frequency of
Glenrothes have benefited from a £1.2 million
investment since March 2006 and passenger
numbers are up 8% to date.
“ WHAT THEY SAID
Politicians at local authorities and Regional Transport Partnerships across
a huge impact, including: • Improved ‘Coastrider’ services between • Service 99 between St Andrews and Dundee Scotland have welcomed the increase in bus travel.
Stonehaven and Aberdeen, part of a £590,000 has resulted in passenger growth in excess of
Highlands: project, have returned growth of 21% in just 37% in just five months. Charlie King, Chair of HITRANS, the Highlands and Islands Transport
• A £883,000 joint project to improve bus five months. Partnership, said: “Hitrans aims to reduce the number of private car journeys
services linking Old Hilton, New Hilton, South-west Scotland: and increase bus usage in line with its regional transport strategy. We
Milton and surrounding areas to Inverness Perth: • A £546,000 joint project with Dumfries and welcome the investment in these partnership initiatives.”
city centre has resulted in a 17% growth in • £820,000 improvements in services connecting Galloway Council to improve bus services
Councillor Alison McInnes, Chair of NESTRANS, the transport partner-
11 months. North Muirton to Perth City centre, providing within Dumfries town centre has involved
ship for Aberdeen City and Shire, said: “Buses play a vital role in getting people
• Two key routes to Inverness from Milton, buses up to every five minutes, have sparked new vehicles and increased frequencies. It
to work and providing access to essential services, while also providing a
Invergordon, Alness, Evanton, Dingwall, an increase of more than 13% in passenger has resulted in a 2.5% increase in passenger
sustainable alternative to car.”
Conon Bridge and Maryburgh have benefited numbers since October 2005. numbers in the first three months of
from a £379,000 investment, sparking up to operation.
Councillor Alan Livingstone, Convener of Perth and Kinross Council’s
30% growth since October 2005. Fife: • The new X16 service operating between Ayr,
Enterprise and Infrastructure Committee, said: “Providing a satisfactory public
• Service 747, a new bus route launched in Kilmarnock, East Kilbride and Hamilton has
transport service is a partnership responsibility and we continually assess
North-east: February 2006 between Inverkeithing railway carried around 165,000 passengers since its
how effective the bus service is.”
• Three routes between the Aberdeenshire, station, Ferrytoll Park & Ride and Edinburgh introduction on 30 January 2006. It has proved
Moray and Highland areas have seen route Airport, is now used by more than 1,000 so popular that the frequency was increased in Fife Council’s transportation spokesperson, Councillor Jim Philp, said: “These
and frequency improvements. The £3,875,000 passengers every week. May from hourly to every 30 minutes at peak additional innovative bus services are being very well received by Fifers and
investment includes the introduction of 25 • Service 78 between High Valleyfield and times. it’s very encouraging to see the significant growth in bus travel.”
new accessible coaches, the first fleet of its Dunfermline, which has an improved 15-
kind on registered bus services in Scotland. minute frequency as part of a £645,000 The growth rates for the new projects are Councillor John Forteath, Vice Chair of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s
Since July 2005, this has resulted in 8% overall project, has achieved passenger growth of significantly above the average rate for all bus use Planning and Environment Services Committee, said: “The Council recognises
passenger growth and around a 20% increase 19% in just six months. across Scotland, which went up by 2% in 2004-05, the benefits of working in partnership with the Scottish Executive and
in the section of route between Buckie and • Three key routes between Kirkcaldy and the most recent period for which data is available. forward-looking bus companies, such as Stagecoach West Scotland.”
Long service awards
A long service dinner was held at the
Hassop Hall Hotel at Hassop near Bakewell.
Presentations were made by Les Warneford,
Kevin Allesbrook – Mansfield
Clifford Hayes – Mansfield
Stephen Huckerby – Mansfield
David Barrett – Hull
John Kurr – Mansfield
Allan Parkinson – Hull
Managing Director of Stagecoach UK Thomas Duckmanton – Mansfield Kevin Gadsby – Chesterfield
Bus. Micheal Adams – Grimsby Raymond Hotson – Grimsby
Qualifying staff for Long Service Anthony Woodcock – Worksop Trevor Hook – Mansfield
Awards in 2005 were as follows: Alec Palmer – Mansfield
30 years’ service
40 years’ service Frederick Davy – Mansfield Retirees
Stephen Tait – Hull Victor Jennings – Grimsby Betty Hatton – Worksop – 26 Years
Barry Hastie – Hull Keith Bilton – Hull Gerald Brown – Worksop – 25+ years
Gordon Hogarth – Hull Tony Stacey – Chesterfield – 45 Years.
35 years’ service
Graham Short – Chesterfield 25 years’ service The award-winners gather at the
Brian Barber – Chesterfield Dennis Singleton – Hull Hassop Hall Hotel.
The annual Long Service Presentation Malcolm Harrison – Shafton Philip Sunman – Barnsley
Dinner was held at the Ardsley House Diane Pinder – Doncaster Leslie Warren – Rawmarsh
Hotel, Barnsley, and proved to be a most Peter Wilks – Doncaster
successful and enjoyable evening. 35 years’ service
During the year, 31 employees achieved Stephen Carter – Banrsley 25 years’ service
qualifying periods of long service, many Terence Crossley – Barnsley Carol Bainbridge – Rawmarsh
of whom attended the function with Alan Greenhoff – Barnsley Harry Butcher – Shafton
their partners to be presented with their Ian Roddis – Rawmarsh David Carrington – Huddersfield
awards by Tony Cox, Managing Director, Peter Sykes – Rawmarsh Shaun Davies – Barnsley
Stagecoach Yorkshire. Paul Denton – Rawmarsh
Between them, the employees had 30 years’ service Harry Fisher – Barnsley
attained 945 years’ service, as follows: John Allen – Barnsley Lorna Green – Huddersfield
Philip Atkinson – Rawmarsh Keith Hopkins – Barnsley
40 years’ service Harold Dannatt – Rawmarsh Stephen Rymer – Barnsley
Keith Binney – Barnsley Ronnie Graves – Doncaster David Sharland – Barnsley
Pictured are several of the 25 year recipients, who attended the dinner, along with Tony Cox, Peter Burgess – Barnsley David Hardy – Barnsley William Slack – Barnsley
Managing Director; Norman Cooke, Engineering Director; and Michael Power, Commercial Manager. Dennis Harrison – Rawmarsh Patricia Speight – Barnsley Paul Starkey – Barnsley.
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A great day was had by all as the Herne
Bus data challenge Bay Bus Rally celebrated 90 years of bus
transport in East Kent. Rallying round for anniversary celebrations
for new recruit This was the sixth annual rally and it
attracted a record breaking number of
visitors, which exceeded 5,000. And Nicole Dryburgh, a teenager from total raised for the Demelza Hospice
The event was opened by Councillor Demelza, cut the commemorative from the proceeds of the rally and
Pat Todd and people enjoyed the cake with Christopher Heaps, Traffic collections on the day,” said Graham
opportunity to ride many of the historic Commissioner for the South East and Young, who organised the event.
buses around the town, as well as Paul Southgate, Managing Director for
watching the cavalcade of vintage buses Stagecoach South East.
led by a 1930 Tilling Stevens. “We are very grateful for all the Nicole Dryburgh and Christopher Heaps cut the
Programmes were sold to raise help and support shown by everyone cake with, from left, Cllr Nick Eden-Green, Cllr
money for the Sittingbourne-based involved in what was a very successful Pat Todd, Bride Price, Jennie Edwards, Cassie
Demelza Hospice Care for Children. rally. We hope to soon announce the Goodwin, and Paul Southgate looking on.
the loss of
Paddy retires after
40 years on the road
Paddy Mustin’s last day as a bus driver was on
A new commercial assistant has joined a route he has come to know well.
the team at Stagecoach in Oxfordshire He was behind the wheel of the No 19
to help evaluate data collected on the between Kettering and Desborough and, on
bus network. completion of his sixth journey on the day
Ross Hitchcock, from Headington, shift, locked away his cash box for the final
graduated from Aston University with time – calling it a day after 40 years. Eric Rush.
a degree in Engineering Product Design The longest-serving Stagecoach East driver
in Kettering officially retired on September 11 Stagecoach in Warwickshire has been
before joining Stagecoach in July.
– his 62nd birthday. saddened by the loss of one of its most
The 22-year-old will analyse data
“I shall miss the people,” Paddy told popular bus drivers, Eric Rush, who
collected about passengers and bus
On Stage. “I have a good rapport with the died in July.
usage, which will enable Stagecoach to
passengers and it is sad to say goodbye to Eric was based at the Rugby depot
check services are meeting customer
them all.” and had been a driver with Stagecoach
requirements and ensure the services are
He started in the bus industry in Kettering for nearly 39 years.
correct for each area.
in February 1966, and spent the first two His career began in 1967 as a bus
weeks as a conductor learning the routes. conductor for Midland Red after he
Northern lights He spent seven years on the Kettering to
London service and, in more recent times, has
fancied a change from being a delivery
driver and became a bus driver in 1969.
beckon Derek been a regular on the No19 route.
Paddy, who lives in Kettering, will have
Eric had a real passion for the
railways and would travel all over the
country, visiting various locomotives
more than enough to keep him busy in his
retirement. and stations. He had considered working
He restores Dinky and Corgi models, on the railways but, fortunately for
enjoys DIY, gardening and walking, and has a Stagecoach, opted for the bus industry
touring caravan. He and his wife, Carol, have a instead.
son and daughter and five grand-daughters. Stagecoach in Warwickshire
In a tribute to Paddy, Kettering Operations Managing Director Phil Medlicott said:
Manager Brian Hadden said: “He is a really “Eric was an important member of the
nice chap and I wish we had more like him. team and loved by everyone in the depot
“He was very reliable, never off sick and and all the passengers. He will be sorely
Paddy bids farewell to 40 years behind the wheel. never late.” missed and my sympathy goes out to
Eric’s daughter Bev works for
Stagecoach in the commercial office.
Team challenge for CHAS
A Fife-based member of staff has
played his part in raising thousands
swings to success
John Bottomley wishes Derek well.
of pounds for charity.
Colleagues and friends said ‘goodbye’ to Colin Tullis, based in the A team from Stagecoach in South
one of Leamington’s most popular busmen Kirkcaldy booking office, was part Wales tested its golfing skills on
this summer. of a team which organised a string of the prestigious St Pierre champion-
But Derek Maynard isn’t leaving the charity events, including a sponsored ship course near Chepstow earlier
company, just changing location – by walk, quiz night and disco. this year.
heading almost 500 miles north to be based The team’s efforts – and Viv Wendes, Kevin Taylor,
at the Stagecoach outstation of Elgin. contributions from Stagecoach and Russell Webber, and Tony Stead
A former Bus Driver of the Year, local businesses – raised £2,400 achieved second place when they
Derek (58) spent 11 years at Stratford and for Children’s Hospice Association entered the annual Confederation
the last eight years at Leamington depot. Scotland’s (CHAS) Rachel House, of Passenger Transport Golf
His new role is behind the wheel of the Kinross. Classic.
interurban service between Inverness, Elgin The money will be used to The course has hosted many
and Aberdeen. purchase a mobile hoist which professional events and tested
His family, including grandchildren, allows patients to be lifted more many golfing greats.
have all moved with him. easily while being cared for in their In the last four years, Stagecoach
John Bottomley, Stagecoach Leamington own homes. in South Wales has won the event
Operations Manager, said: “Derek was one once and for the last two years has
of our most popular drivers, and staff and The team challenge participants present a gained a very creditable second
customers will miss him.” cheque to CHAS. place.
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