I wish I'd done it 20 years ago.

- Alan Bensley from Denton Burn

How long have you been a bus driver?
8 years.

What did you do before you became a driver?
I worked in sales for 14 years.

Why did you apply to be a driver?
My brother and sister are both bus drivers and have made a good living out of it. I never thought in a million years I’d be a bus driver but now I wish I’d done it 20 years ago.

What’s the best thing about being a bus driver?
The money is good and I love the independence I have. You’re out on the road and you’re your own boss. I also like that Go North East promote from within and there are chances to progress - I was here less than a year when I was promoted to be a leading driver.

What’s the worst thing about being a bus driver?
Some of the hours that we do.

Would you recommend being a bus driver?
Yes. There must be hundreds of people out there like me, who’ve never thought of doing this job but it would suit them down to the ground, like me.

If driving a bus sounds like it's up your street, you can apply here.