Stagecoach East MD Andy Campbell to retire in December
Mr Campbell has dedicated 50 years of service to public transport
The managing director of Stagecoach East, Andy Campbell, is to retire in early December.
Mr Campbell will have spent 50 years of service to public transport by the time he hangs up his timetable for good.
He began his career as an apprentice mechanic at Leeds city transport in August 1969, and worked his way through the ranks until he joined Stagecoach in 2004 as MD of the company’s Cambridge and Peterborough operations.
For the last 14 years he has managed the company’s East of England expansion, taking responsibility for the 35 million passengers and 1,000 employees who now travel annually on routes covering 17.5 million miles.
An active contributor to the Cambridgeshire transport debate, Mr Campbell has been a key player in pushing through significant developments that have improved bus travel in the region - from a £4.7million investment in Cambridge’s latest fleet of Park & Ride buses, with stop-start technology to aid air quality, to the launch of the popular Peterborough Citi network, on-board Smartcard technology and the notable introduction of the world’s longest Guided Busway.
Despite a challenging climate, with growing congestion and falling local authority subsidies, Mr Campbell has worked hard behind the scenes to balance the needs of different passenger groups, always aiming to deliver a reliable service for local residents.
Stagecoach UK Bus managing director for England and Wales, Mark Threapleton, said: “I would like to thank Andy for the excellent work he has done over many years to deliver improvements for bus passengers across the East of England.
“He has made a valuable contribution to the business and to the local area and we wish him well in his retirement.”
Mr Campbell commented: “I’ve greatly enjoyed working with the team at Stagecoach East, and with colleagues across the wider business. The drivers and support staff are a brilliant bunch who are always ready to let you know what they think, and their friendly banter has made coming to work all the more enjoyable over the years.
“I may not be running the buses after December, but I’ll certainly continue to use them as a passenger.”
A recruitment process for his position is now underway.