Sunday, 5 December 2010

The End

The past 18 months since i started this blog have been a great part of my life. I love my job more than ever and trully believe i will succeed in my chosen career path and with a lot of hard work and determination, be the best at what i do. It's come to light recently that maybe not all the content on the blog is seen as in good taste. I have always posted what i have seen as interesting things that show the inside workings of what we do, not only at stagecoach but in the bus industry as a whole. Plus a few days out on my bike too. It's been fun but i am unable to continue with it. It's been nice to be able to fight the company corner from the sidelines and i'm sure any problems that are still going on will get solved in time. This picture is my car on friday morning. Was pretty cold indeed. Back to work tomorrow in Piccadilly at 930 here is hoping for an easy day. Hope you all have a good christmas and all the best for the future and thanks for taking the time to read about me and what i do. Simon.


  1. Sorry to hear of your decision to end it all, Simon!

    Understandable, with your future career in mind though.

    Good luck for the future.

  2. I'll certainly miss your bus and cycle updates.

  3. Ambulance man Dan5/12/10 14:32

    Gutted pal, always a good read and not many drivers blogs knocking around.

    Shame really as you always did show stagecoach in a favourable light!!

    Good luck though pal



  4. Anonymous5/12/10 19:04

    Its been an excellent insight into your life as a Stagecoach driver in Manchester, all the best with the inspecting and keeping an eye on those dodgy megariders.

  5. Anonymous5/12/10 20:19

    All the best Simon i really hope my comments recently didnt influence this decision to greatly? i really enjoy your blog and dont want you to end it,please re-think this decision!
    Felix,all the best mate, no hard feelings.

  6. No anon your comments had no bearing. And thanks for your kind messages.

  7. What a sad day, i can only reley what others have already said, but i would also like to thank you for giving us an insight in to your life, its been great reading and has become part of a ritual of mine when i get in from work to check my emails and then to check your blog for another interesting post, what will i do know! lol.

    I know some of the comments turned into heated debates but it was all in good nature and just shows what a following your blog has.
    All the best for the future mate.

  8. So sorry to hear this Simon. I've really enjoyed reading your blog and daily travels. Hope you may reconsider this decision at some stage. Have a wonderful Christmas and very best wishes for 2011. Stay safe and above all warm:) Linda

  9. Sorry to read this Simon.

    I've enjoyed reading your posts -especially your adventures on two wheels - and hope you will reconsider if you find the time.

    Best of luck & hope you have a good Christmas!

  10. exazdriver6/12/10 11:06

    such a shame!

    i was hoping to read about the buses of manchester from an inspectors point of view.

    as an ex-stagecoach employee i know how funny the management can get over the most minor of things, so i completely understand!

    all the best

  11. I too had the same ritual of reading your blog daily. Interesting stuff. I especially liked the reports on dodgy car drivers.
    Possibly you can resurface in another guise after a suitable break.
    Hope you do.

  12. M Branson6/12/10 18:17


    I can only echo those comments already made. It brings a tear to my eye to know that this blog will be no more. What a fantastic one it has been as you took us on your journeys through the past couple of years. You have given us a most valued insight into the Tameside/Manchester bus world which we never would have had was it not for your intelligent, interesting, at times funny pieces on life working for the UK's 2nd largest bus operator. And we would be all the worse without it.

    May I take this opportunity to thank you for all the time you have put into this blog over the past couple of years, and also to wish you every success in the future with the career you love.

  13. been good reading all this

    will be missed

    if anyone wants to keep in touch my email is

  14. I'm surprised they let this go on for as long as it did.

    I, for one, enjoyed everything you posted and loved the pictures.

    Stay in touch and as they say, on yer bike!


  15. Sorry to hear about your decisions Simon, but good luck with all future endeavours :)


  16. Anonymous8/12/10 08:02

    Having been a driver at Tameside and Stockport and now living in North yorkshire, it has been really interesting following your blog.Really sorry that you are ending it. But good luck for the future.I spent 30 years in the bus industry and enjoyed it all. Thanks Simon

  17. Been busy, so only just seen this, Simon. Sorry to hear you are halting the blog. You have been an excellent ambassador for Stagecoach - they ought to pay you to continue writing it!

  18. The blog will be sadly missed by me.
    I would echo Martins comments