Multi-million investment set to create new jobs
The jobs boost is welcomed by Councillor Mark Bradshaw, Bristol City Council’s Member for Transport
Up to 120 new jobs are being created in Bristol and a brand new multi-million pound depot constructed following a contact win awarded by one of the biggest names in British transport.
Recruitment for the jobs begins immediately, following news National Express has awarded a ten year contract to coach company Edwards, to run its services in the south west of England.
Edwards is seeking to recruit a hundred drivers as well as five engineers, five supervisors, five customer service personnel and five administrative staff to get the wheels turning on its new Avonmouth depot, which is currently under construction.
Work on the Cabot Park depot is well underway and the first of a new £12 million fleet of state-of-the-art National Express coaches will roll out from the site on its first day of operations on Monday, May 01.
Once completed, the depot will boast engineering workshop facilities, a fully automated coach wash, re-fuelling facilities, offices and parking.
Coaches will run across the south west, to London and Gatwick Airport, as far north as Grimsby and Nottingham and Rugby in the Midlands.
News of the multi-million investment into an area of Bristol famed for its docks and sea-faring heritage has been welcomed by Councillor Mark Bradshaw, Bristol City Council’s Member for Transport, who met with Edwards boss Jason Edwards, transport supervisor George Gaydon – the first employee appointed - and service operations manager Stewart Isaac, to discuss the new site.
He said: “I’m pleased to see this investment in Bristol. The new facilities will help boost the area and create scores of new job opportunities which I hope local people will benefit from. Avonmouth has a proud industrial heritage and this commitment by Edwards and National Express to establish a major transport hub there is a valuable investment”.
Pontypridd-based Edwards Coaches is a multi-award winning family business which already runs National Express services throughout Wales. The Avonmouth depot marks their first venture into England.
Boss Jason Edwards, is thrilled to be setting up shop in Bristol.
He said: “It is no secret Bristol is one of the best cities in the UK and it’s really exciting to be establishing a base here - the whole team is champing at the bit to get started. It’s particularly fantastic to be in a position where we are looking for so many new staff and there’s going to be a real buzz at the new depot because everyone will be joining the family all at the same time. It’s a really great opportunity to get in on a successful venture from day one and, for the driving roles, to get behind the wheel of the highest specification vehicles in the industry. We can’t wait to welcome people on board”.
National Express boss Chris Hardy echoed the sentiment: "The new Avonmouth depot anchors us to Bristol and supports the creation of a range of new jobs from drivers, to engineers and support staff, which is incredibly exciting. He added: "With multi-million investment into our customer experience and our people, there's never been a more exciting time to be part of National Express".
To apply for the jobs visit www.edwardscoaches.co.uk