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routeone Issue 702 - 9 August 2017

In partnership with: NEWS/people New art for Stagecoach Pupils from Great Binfields Primary School, Basingstoke, have had their artwork displayed on the exterior of a local Stagecoach Bus running across Basingstoke. As part of Stagecoach’s Green Week, pupils were asked to design posters on the theme of what green means to them. Operations Manager for Basingstoke, Martin Gibbon says: “We received some very colourful entries. “It’s great to see young children embracing local and global environmental issues and taking practical steps to reduce their carbon footprint so I’m extremely delighted to be able to display their artwork on our bus.” Thamesdown supports apprentices Go Ahead Group-owned Thamesdown Transport is supporting the local leisure travel industry by providing apprentices with a month’s free travel. The Swindon operator is backing five apprentices by sponsoring them through the Generation Gains Programme. Alex Chutter, General Manager at Thamesdown, says: “These young professionals hold great potential in an industry that is very important. “Their commitment and drive make them tremendous prospects for the future, so it seems right to offer them extra support. We’ll be following their progress very closely.” The Generation Gains Programme will provide adapted sporting activities, aimed at reducing social isolation for older people, delivered by young people through an apprenticeship scheme. “The apprentices will be travelling to different locations throughout Swindon over the next two years,” says John Popowicz, Project Manager for the Generation Gains Programme. Commercial Director at First Travel Solutions appointed Richard Kirk has recently been appointed Commercial Director for First Travel Solutions (FTS). While working for First Group, Richard has been Head of Subcontracted Services for London 2012 and Glasgow 2014 and was General Manager of First’s Games Transport’s team. Richard says: “The commercial development of FTS is a key focus for the management team and I will be looking to develop our commercial and sales strategy as well as leading our bidding for new contracts. “I’m delighted to be appointed to this position and I’m looking forward to continuing to work with the team to develop the business.” 64 / ROUTE…ONE.NET 9 AUGUST 2017


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