Stourbridge MP recognises 150 years of safe driving by local bus drivers
Stourbridge MP Lynda Waltho has been ‘on the buses’ with National Express West Midlands to recognise employees who have excelled in safe driving.
Lynda visited the company’s Pensnett garage to learn more about the region’s bus network and to award five outstanding bus drivers with certificates for achieving a collective 150 years of safe, incident free driving.
Local drivers John Pyatt, David Sidaway, Qamar Zaman, Helen Tomlinson and Pritpal Singh were recognised for achieving safe driving records of between 18 and 34 years during their time with the company.
Lynda Waltho, said: "150 years of safe bus driving on the congested streets of Stourbridge and the West Midlands is a record to be extremely proud of. I was so pleased to be able to present the certificates and thank the driver's personally for the huge contribution they make to the region."
Alex Perry, Operations Director for National Express Bus & Coach, said:
“We’re extremely proud of our safe driving record and delighted Lynda Waltho could join us to reward these exceptional drivers. Everyday our bus drivers navigate some of the busiest and congested roads in Britain to ensure customers reach their destinations safely. It’s a challenging job and each driver plays a vital role in their community.”
National Express West Midlands employs over 300 employees at the Pensnett bus garage, one of ten across the West Midlands region. Lynda spent time speaking to various employees within the garage to understand the vital role buses play within the community and the seven days a week service offered by bus drivers, engineers, cleaners and managers amongst others, to provide over 30 local services.