Yellow Buses going places with appointment of Bournemouth Transport Ltd's new MD

GRAND VISION: Andrew Smith, managing director of Bournemouth Transport Limited

GRAND VISION: Andrew Smith, managing director of Bournemouth Transport Limited

First published in News

YELLOW Buses has a new boss who wants the company to become a benchmark for quality in the industry.

Andrew Smith has been appointed managing director of Bournemouth Transport Ltd.

He succeeds Derek Lott, who has become executive chairman after nine years as MD.

Mr Smith told the Daily Echo: “I’m absolutely chuffed to take over.”

He said the company did not need “significant change” but added: “My vision for the business is a focus on quality.

“I have this vision that in three years’ time we’ll be the benchmark for local bus companies in the UK.

“The quality of our business will be what people point to.”

Mr Smith’s background is in commercial accountancy. He worked in aerospace engineering in Wimborne, in retailing in Bristol, and at Hanson Aggregates Ltd, where he became divisional finance director.

He joined Yellow Buses as finance director in 2006, shortly after Bournemouth council sold it to Transdev.

“I came in right at the beginning, after Transdev had made their plan, but a lot of it hadn’t been implemented,” he said. “It’s a pleasure to see how it’s grown and for a business in a really challenging environment we’re holding our own.”

Mr Smith became deputy MD in 2006.

He said the company had some “really committed, enthusiastic and hard-working people” whose talents he intended to use.

The company expects to buy new buses this year.

“I’d like to disprove the adage that an accountant knows the price of everything and the value of nothing,” added Mr Smith.

Yellow Buses – now part of RATP Group, the world’s fifth-largest public transport provider – operates 150 buses and 16 coaches, with a staff of more than 400.

It carries more than 15 million passengers a year.

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11:22am Mon 3 Mar 14

speedy231278 says...

So that's why the fares went up recently by three times the rate of inflation, a higher wage bill no doubt!
So that's why the fares went up recently by three times the rate of inflation, a higher wage bill no doubt! speedy231278
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2:44pm Mon 3 Mar 14

smhinto says...

Yellow buses are going places he says !! Does that mean - up in flames - as one of their buses ignited last week.
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Offer hot fares no doubt!!
Yellow buses are going places he says !! Does that mean - up in flames - as one of their buses ignited last week. . Offer hot fares no doubt!! smhinto
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4:52pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Daniel lashmar says...

smhinto wrote:
Yellow buses are going places he says !! Does that mean - up in flames - as one of their buses ignited last week.
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Offer hot fares no doubt!!
that was red buses on fire not a yellow buses
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: Yellow buses are going places he says !! Does that mean - up in flames - as one of their buses ignited last week. . Offer hot fares no doubt!![/p][/quote]that was red buses on fire not a yellow buses Daniel lashmar
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4:54pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Daniel lashmar says...

no one cares about staff i want all them fired in head office for cheap fare
no one cares about staff i want all them fired in head office for cheap fare Daniel lashmar
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