A BUS depot boss has clocked up almost four decades helping to run services in South Yorkshire.
Since Stagecoach’s operation’s director Sue Hayes started work with the company’s predecessor Yorkshire Traction, buses on the firm’s network have travelled the equivalent of 30,000 times around the world.
Now, the latest mission for Sue and her colleagues is to ensure the company’s operations – including the 25 million miles clocked up by the bus fleet every year - are as environmentally friendly as possible and meet Stagecoach’s green targets.
Stagecoach used its Green Week to demonstrate to customers and staff the measures being taken and highlight environmental and financial benefits of using public transport.
Buses have not been just a career for Sue – more a lifelong passion. She regularly stands in bus queues incognito and chats to passengers about Stagecoach services.
Sue said: “Fortunately, most of what I hear is quite positive but when there are occasional grumbles I go back to the office and see what I can do about the problem. Buses are a very customer focused business and feedback shapes the way we operate.
“I can’t think of any business that’s closer to the community and people talk about bus services nearly as much as they do about the weather.”
Sue started with Yorkshire Traction in 1973 and, apart from a year out in 1984 to have son Dale, has been with the company ever since, Initially involved with recording vehicle information, she later gained career-building experience in other sections of the company.