Dudley bus driver takes on the UK

National Express West Midlands Bus Driver of the Year Karl TotneyA Netherton bus driver will be in Blackpool this Sunday representing the West Midlands in the national Bus Driver of the Year finals.

Karl Totney from National Express West Midlands' Pensnett depot beat all his colleagues in the company’s regional competition in June this year. He will now be taking on bus drivers from all over the UK in the annual competition.

Also going with Karl to Blackpool for the national final are National Express’ second, third and fourth-place drivers - Christopher Godridge and Liam Bishop from Birmingham Central garage, and Jonathan Woodward from the Yardley Wood depot.

The National Express West Midlands regional final saw contestants from 10 garages across the West Midlands and Coventry battle it out over a theory-based question paper. They were then faced with a set of challenges - such as driving at 9 miles an hour without being able to see the speedometer, while officers from West Midlands Police measured their speed with their radar gun.

Mark Simcox, National Express West Midlands Head of Driver Training, said: 

“On the day of the competition we welcomed plenty of first-time competitors who were showing signs of nerves and uncertainty. It was lovely to see our more seasoned competitors giving support and reassurance to their colleagues.

“We are very proud of our drivers - they make sure our customers are transported safely and comfortably through the busy streets of the West Midlands every day. Karl has proved himself to be the best of the best at National Express - and we’ve got our fingers crossed for him on Sunday.”

Published 30th August 2019