EYMS’s Finglands coaches sold to Bullocks

EYMS Group has sold its Finglands coach operation to Bullocks Coaches of Manchester, with this part of its business passing over to the new owner later this month. The sale includes all but two of the existing Finglands coach fleet and all staff employed in the operation are being offered jobs at Bullocks under their existing terms and conditions.
EYMS Chairman, Peter Shipp, said, ‘We are very disappointed that we have had to take the hard decision to dispose of the coach business but it would be difficult for us to continue it in Manchester as a stand-alone operation once the Finglands bus business has gone. Finglands Coachways has a long and proud history going back over 100 years, and from 1934 or possibly even earlier until very recently it was well-known for providing the team coach for Manchester City. I am sure it has found a very good home with a reputable and long-established company like Bullocks and I hope that our coaching staff will be happy with their new employer, which I am sure intends to carry on and develop their enlarged coaching operation.’
‘We are still very hopeful that the previously announced sale of Finglands bus business to First Group will go ahead but this is still subject to clearance by the OFT. Both First and EYMS have supplied a huge amount of information to the OFT and I very much hope that they will announce their decision very soon so we can end the uncertainty for our staff in Manchester. Naturally, I hope that they will agree to the deal as I am absolutely certain that it will not have any negative effect on competition in the area.’

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Record EYMS ‘Big Bus Day’

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East Yorkshire Motor Services’ (EYMS) eighth ‘Big Bus Day’ attracted a record 5,600 attendees. Held at Hull’s Streetlife Museum of Transport, the event raised around £2,500 for the NSPCC. One of the major attractions was the New Bus for London (NBfL), which was diverted on its way to the capital, where it will be used by Go-Ahead. The operator has also recently revealed David Drasdo as the winner of its photography competition.

Pic: (LtoR) David Drasdo and EYMS Chairman, Peter Shipp with the winning entry in the photography competition.

‘Swap with Me’ in Hull

A group of blind and partially sighted people have taken part in an event that saw them swap places with bus drivers in Hull to demonstrate the barriers they face when travelling on buses. The event was part of the Royal National Institute of Blind People’s (RNIB) recently launched bus campaign: Stop for me, Speak to me. It was a joint event between RNIB, Hull and East Riding Institute for the Blind (HERIB), ViAbility, Hull City Council, East Yorkshire Motor Services and Stagecoach. Entitled ‘Swap with Me’, it saw drivers take part in tasks such as trying to board a bus and paying for a ticket while blindfolded. By experiencing first hand the difficulties their visually impaired customers face, it is hoped it will prompt operators to take on board the campaign’s key asks.

EYMS Training Manager, Darren Kendrew, said, ‘This is an excellent opportunity to improve both the customer experience and our drivers’ understanding of how to meet the needs of all our customers, including those with sight loss.’

Operations Manager for Stagecoach in Hull, David Lee-Kong, said, ‘The “Swap with Me” event will build on the dedicated awareness training that all of our 300 strong driving team at Hull have already benefited from. This is also an excellent opportunity for our staff to answer any questions and offer reassurance to customers who rely on our network of services throughout the city.’