Stagecoach drivers head to Olympics

A TOTAL of 12 Stagecoach bus and rail employees from Buchan will join colleagues from across the UK in playing a key role in supporting the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games.

More than 2,630 Stagecoach bus drivers and support staff will help provide transport for athletes and media throughout the Games after the transport operator was selected by the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) to deliver one of the largest transport contracts for the event.

With more than 14,700 athletes and 21,000 media representatives heading to London for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Stagecoach’s UK Bus Project Team has been involved in detailed preparations with LOCOG for over a year.

The transport group will provide around half of the 1,000 buses needed to deliver the contract, with the remaining vehicles being provided by other bus and coach operators in the UK.

Stagecoach’s involvement will require varying levels of support from its regional bus companies across the UK. The vehicles provided by Stagecoach will be a mixture of brand new buses and existing vehicles from its fleet which are able to be released for Olympic duty while at the same time allowing the company to continue running all of its normal services for passengers across the country.

Almost all of Stagecoach’s 100 depots across the UK will help provide resources for the Games – with staff heading to London from as far afield as Orkney.

Some 12 drivers from the Buchan area will head to London including Michael Geaney, Jim Moir, Peter Inskip, Douglas Roger, Paul Mitchell, John Cruden, Johnathan Phelan, Hugh Durrant and Clive Sheppard.

Stagecoach Group chief executive Sir Brian Souter said: “The London 2012 Games are a once in a lifetime opportunity for our people to be involved in a global event on this scale.

“We are proud to be involved in the Games and look forward to helping make the event a success for spectators and athletes alike.

“We also send our best wishes to the British Olympic and Paralympic teams. The whole country is behind them and we all hope they are among the medals when the competition starts.”

Stagecoach will manage two bus depots throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Games – one at West Ham and one at Beckton. Stagecoach West Scotland

The Olympic Games run from July 27 to August 12, with the Paralympics from August 29 to September