Connect 4 – four weeks in…

So we’ve been running our first ever bus service for four weeks now. I feel we’ve learnt a fair bit already, although we know there’ll be more to learn over the coming weeks and months. Our route 18 links Stokesley, Great Ayton and Guisborough, maintaining a link dropped by another operator at the end of …

Connecting Communities – How we set about doing something different

So it’s another week over, the third week of keeping our communities connected! I thought I’d give you a bit of background on our new little bus service and how it came about. Our route 18 runs from Stokesley to Saltburn, via Guisborough and started three weeks ago at the start of September. I’m glad …

Restart 2020 – We’re back at work… finally!

After a long six months off work, bar the odd few days (as detailed previously) we finally got to go back full time to work in August 2020. It felt like starting a new job, albeit with the same colleagues and crew at Coatham. There’s so many changes to what we do it feels almost …

Day 4 – last day of the working week?

As I mentioned yesterday – today was a nice short day with just 4 hours driving the Asda shopper buses, well I say bus, we actually use a coach on it. It’s not ideal and has really limited what we can do with it. Back in September we did have an Enviro 200 on lease …

Day 3 – Old favourites, and something new…

So after a day off it was back to it today with a short shift driving our Asda contract. It’s a handful of lifeline routes connecting local communities to the Asda supermarket near Middlesbrough. It’s something I’ve been driving for the last 4 years so I know all the regulars and they all know me …

Honk for Hope! Day 2 in the week of a coach driver

As mentioned in yesterday’s blog, the UK’s coach industry has effectively been closed by the effects of Covid19. Other industries have had financial help from our government however even schemes designed to help tourism businesses have been denied to most coach operators across the country. The majority of coach operators in the UK are small …

First week back at work – Day 1

So as with most coach drivers across the country, I’ve recently found myself with very little to do other than sit at home wondering when we might be back doing what we do best. The current Covid19 situation has decimated 95% of coach operators which are generally family run, just like ours. Some big names …

Flight #13 – the final fling!

Hainan Airlines HU751 Dublin to Edinburgh Boeing 787-900 B-1543 Thursday 15th August 2019 It was another early start with no breakfast this morning, as the Premier Inn didn’t start early enough for me. Had to be downstairs for the bus at 0615 to the Airport as my flight departs at 0800. After picking a few …

Flight #12 – Return to Dublin

Lufthansa LH978 Frankfurt Main to Dublin Airbus A340-300 D-AIFD Wednesday 14th August 2019 After a quick walk under the tarmac at Frankfurt from where we were dropped off by the buses, it was upstairs to my next gate for the flight to Dublin. Once again I was on another widebody aircraft – this time the …

Flight #11 – A taste of red, white… and grey!

Austrian Airlines OS121 Vienna to Frankfurt Main Boeing 777-200 OE-LPA Wednesday 14th August 2019 So it’s another early start with a 0710 departure this morning as I start the journey home. Thankfully I’m just in the ‘Moxy’ hotel on the site of the Airport and you can walk underneath the tarmac to reach the terminal …

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