It was the positive change I was looking for.

- Lisa Ellerington from Hebburn

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

What did you do before you became a driver?
I was a sports teacher predominately in primary schools, with the occasional secondary and adult education classes.

Why did you apply to be a driver?
I enjoy driving and thought it would be a great career change so I went for it. I’ve never looked back. It was the positive change I was looking for.

What’s the best thing about being a bus driver?
I enjoy seeing the outside all the time through my own personal window, with changes in scenery by the minute. Compliments from passengers are also rewarding, I’m often told how well I am driving, or how lovely it is to see a woman driver. I get great satisfaction from the public putting their responsibility in me getting them safely to their destination, it is a great achievement in itself.

What’s the worst thing about being a bus driver?
Unfortunately break downs on buses do happen and being late due to heavy traffic or diversions.

Would you recommend being a bus driver?
If you enjoy driving and if you like meeting different people of all ages and backgrounds and you don’t rise to other road users’ abuse of the Highway Code then this job is for you.

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