Chance to take the driving seat for young bus enthusiast Ted

10 months ago Fri 30th Aug 2019

Ted and his younger brother Harry with Bluestar Operations Manager Andy Shaw in front of a bus in the garage

Young Southampton bus enthusiast Ted Allan (10) got the chance to take a glimpse into his future this week - thanks to a visit to Bluestar. 

The local operator welcomed Ted, a Year 5 pupil at Shirley Junior School, as a member of its team - putting him into the driving seat at its depot in Eastleigh.”

“Ted is a huge fan of Bluestar, and has incredible knowledge of all its buses and timetables,” said Mum Pamela.  “He even has his own ticket office at home. This visit was a wonderful opportunity for him to take a look behind the scenes. He had the chance to track his favourite buses in the control room, and even had a ride through the bus wash. 

“I’d like to thank the team at Bluestar for their wonderful hospitality - it’s a day he’ll never forget.”

Bluestar operations manager, Andy Shaw, added: “It was great hosting a youngster who has such a passion for buses. There was little we could teach him because he knew so much - but I could see he was thrilled by the tour of the depot. Though it’s a few years into the future, I predict a brilliant career ahead of him within the bus industry if that’s what he chooses to do - and I look forward to our paths crossing again.”

Ted, who brought his brother Harry along for the day out, said: “It was brilliant seeing some of the buses I’ve travelled on in Southampton. And I got to track where some of them were on their routes - including my favourite bus. 

“I also got the timetable for the new 19 route - which I can add to my collection. Thank you Bluestar!”