Transdev appoints new Planning Manager Paul Sammonds

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Experienced Bus Industry Manager Paul Sammonds has been appointed as Planning Manager with North of England bus operator Transdev.

Paul, who previously worked as Commercial Manager for Stagecoach Yorkshire, joins Transdev as the business looks to drive forward its recovery following the relaxation of travel restrictions imposed during coronavirus COVID-19.

He will work as part of Transdev’s commercial team, led by Commercial Director Paul Turner, and cover seven operating subsidiaries across the North from the team’s base in Burnley, Lancashire.

His new role will see him reviewing Transdev’s local bus network as the travel patterns change.

Says Paul: “It’s a challenging yet exciting time to come on board with Transdev, which has won an excellent reputation as one of the most progressive and innovative names in the bus industry. My role involves network planning, both in terms of developing the existing network and finding new opportunities for growth.

“Travel habits for work have undoubtedly changed as a proportion of businesses continue with staff working from home for all or some of the time, while the market for local and regional leisure journeys looks promising with many more people ready to discover all that our region has to offer for day trips and short breaks.

“Transdev are always one step ahead of the wider bus industry in marketing great brands and repositioning buses as places people really want to be seen in. It’s that fantastic reputation that attracted me to become part of this great team, and I can’t wait to get started.”