Transport group Transdev is welcoming a new face on board its buses in Yorkshire and Lancashire – graduate management trainee Andy Turnbull.
Andy, from Bedale in North Yorkshire, joins after graduating from the University of Leeds’ Institute of Transport Studies.
A student member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, Andy is a passionate transport fan – as a volunteer at the Wensleydale Railway in North Yorkshire, he’s no stranger to delivering great customer service.
Andy also loves to travel, having recently returned from a marathon tour across Europe with friends.
Transdev CEO Alex Hornby said:
Andy will be spending his first few weeks with us meeting the teams at all six of our depots across Yorkshire and Lancashire, before going through an 18-month programme experiencing the variety of work at all levels within our business across the north, and our fellow Transdev operations in the UK and Ireland.
It’s critical to get the right grounding in your career and that’s why the first element of Andy’s programme will be to progress through a full PCV test and spend a number of weeks driving our buses and getting the very best of experiences of what our teams do at the sharp end.
Andy is a great ‘local lad’, having grown up and studied in Yorkshire, and is a very enthusiastic advocate of improving public transport. I know he’ll be a great addition to our amazing team here at Transdev as we look firmly to the future and develop great new industry talent.
After completing his bus driver training and time ‘on the road’, Andy will spend time at each of Transdev’s depots, in Malton, York, Harrogate, Keighley, Burnley and Blackburn, before extending his knowledge by working alongside the company’s finance, marketing, engineering and commercial teams.
He’ll also move around other areas of Transdev UK & Ireland, including the Dublin light rail system Luas, the UK’s first eco car hire service Green Tomato Cars in London, the market leading crew-transfer business CCH at Heathrow Airport and Merseyside-based executive taxi and private hire car supplier Cabfind.com
- Transdev operates bus services through its six subsidiary companies, based at depots across Yorkshire and Lancashire from Malton in the east to Blackburn in the west. Its buses link many of the North’s towns and cities, including York, Harrogate, Leeds, Keighley, Burnley, Blackburn, Preston and Manchester.
- Each company is managed and run locally, with strong local identities and highly recognisable brands. Its seven most popular and high profile branded services are:
- Coastliner – linking Leeds and York with Whitby, Scarborough, Filey and Bridlington every day
- Cityzap – a direct express service between York and Leeds, featuring ‘zap nav’ satellite navigation to help drivers choose the fastest route into the heart of Leeds
- 36: RidingRedefined – an industry-leading, innovative service between Ripon, Harrogate and Leeds, with luxury features including free superfast 4G Wi-Fi, USB power points at every seat, plush leather coach seats upstairs, and personal tables with quilted leather seating and a chill-out area on the lower deck
- Brontebus – a network of local services in the Keighley and Haworth areas of West Yorkshire, relaunched in summer 2016 with new easy-access buses
- Dalesway – a bright new look for the busy service 66 between Keighley and Skipton, also featuring new buses with a host of customer-friendly features
- X43 WitchWay – a popular express service between Skipton, Burnley and Manchester, with a summer extension to Grassington in the Yorkshire Dales
- X41 RedExpress – a frequent and direct motorway express route between Blackburn, Accrington and Manchester, with high-spec, twin-deck buses featuring free Wi-Fi and USB charging points at every seat