Jamie Macdonald, a trentbarton driver, has made an appearance on ITV’s The X Factor. Jamie regularly sings to customers on board his indigo bus. After passing the first audition at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, he failed to secure enough votes from a live audience at Wembley Arena. A former marine engineer with the Royal Navy, he has worked for the operator for just over 18 months. He arrived at the audition on an indigo bus driven by former National Bus Driver of the Year, Barry Allitt. Jamie says he intends to audition for the show again next year.
Jamie said, ‘The whole experience was nerve wracking but fantastic. The judges put me at ease and I was really pleased with my performance which included a song by my favourite artist, Stevie Wonder. Barry and the rest of the trentbarton team have been really supportive and I’d like to thank them for everything they’ve done to help, particularly laying on a bus to transport me to the audition with my family. Passengers who know I can sing already ask me to belt out a tune when they climb on board, but after appearing on TV I think this will happen a little more often!’
David Pearson, his father Trevor, and family friend Mark Bates have taken part in a 24 hour bus tour to raise money for trent barton’s charity of choice, the Lewis Mighty Fund. Starting from Derby Bus Station, their journey took them to Nottingham, Mansfield, Ripley and Loughborough using the operator’s buses. trent barton Commercial Director, Alex Hornby, said, ‘When we heard that David, Trevor and Mark wanted to raise money for the Fund, we were only too happy to help in any way we could, including providing them with free travel for the day.’
Pic: (LtoR) Trevor Pearson, David Pearson and Mark Bates.
trent barton and Mansfield Town FC are both celebrating successes this year. The football team has been promoted to the Football League, whilst the operator is marking a successful first year for its revamped ‘threes’ service. Following a £1.9m investment last year, the service between Mansfield and Nottingham has become the fastest growing route in its network. Due to the popularity of the ‘threes’, an enhanced timetable has been introduced on Sundays, with buses every 20 minutes instead of every half hour. To mark the two successes, members of the Mansfield squad are being featured on the back of ‘threes’ buses and ticket holders for the team’s home games are now eligible for a full day’s travel on any of the operator’s buses for £4.50.
trent barton Commercial Director, Alex Hornby, said, ‘The success of the “threes” has a knock-on effect of bringing more people into towns along the route, including Sutton and Hucknall. This will obviously be good news for local businesses, just as the Stags’ success on the football field will provide a boost for traders in Mansfield. We aim to be a really good bus company, always responding to customer feedback. As a result, the “threes” look set to go from strength to strength – just as we hope Mansfield Town will do following their historic promotion.’
Pic: (LtoR) Mansfield Town players, Paul Black, Ben Hutchinson and Anthony Howell with driver Sam Atherley, a runner-up at trent barton’s recent Really Good Service Awards.