Retiring driver completes bucket list with York 'bendy bus' experience
A Leicester bus driver who is due to retire after 40 years of service has completed his “bus driving bucket list” by travelling to York to drive one of the famous ‘bendy buses’.
After serving the local communities of Leicester for over 40 years, First Leicester bus driver Ian Edwards, only had one regret, that he had never driven one of the famous bendy buses, but thanks to the teams in Leicester and York, his dream became a reality. Ian travelled to York in May 2018 and spent a day with the First York team learning how to drive one of the bendy buses.
First York operates the York Park & Ride network, which includes a fleet of ‘articulated’ buses. The bendy buses are 18 meters in length, compared to a double decker, which is about 10 meters long. Drivers require extra training before being allowed to operate the bendy buses on the road.
Speaking about the bendy bus experience, Ian said:” I have dedicated my working life to driving buses, but the one bus type I never managed to drive in my career was a bendy bus. I presumed it to be a challenge that required different skills to manoeuvre the vehicle with it being longer and bendy in the middle. After speaking with the First Leicester Managing Director, he set it up for me to travel to York to drive one of the bendy buses as an experience. The local team in York were fantastic and I had a great day driving around the city, so my ambition has been accomplished.”
Marc Bichtemann, Managing Director of First York, adds: “We were more than happy to welcome Ian into our team for the day and to give him the opportunity to complete his ambition of driving one of York’s bendy buses. We’re always happy to receive new applications for drivers looking to join the team, so if you currently hold a full UK driving license then visit our website and find out how to apply for a position as a bus driver – and who knows, maybe you’ll too be driving a bendy bus around the roads of York soon!”