15 Feb 2015
A Chorley bus driver has bid his passengers a fond farewell after more than 40 years on the buses.
Bob Knowles retired in January after covering the Chorley to Preston route for Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire since 1974.
Bob, who started working for the company when he was just 21, has buses in his blood as his father was also a bus driver and inspector.
He said: “I’ve loved my job, I’ve met a lot of interesting people because of it. Because my dad was also a driver, I’ve been surrounded by buses for as long as I can remember, so I think retirement will a bit surreal for me!
“Our team really is like a second family, I’ll also miss my regular passengers and the banter we hadand great moments we shared. It’s not all doom and gloom though - I certainly won’t miss the early morning starts!”
Since Bob started working for Stagecoach, seven UK Prime Ministers have be elected, 10 Olympic Games have taken place and the Berlin wall has come down.
Elisabeth Tasker, managing director of Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire, said: “It’s been brilliant to have Bob as part of our team for so many years. He was a great driver, who was really focused on making sure that people had a good experience on their journey from the minute they set foot on the bus.
“He’ll be sorely missed by the team here as well as all the passengers whose days he helped to brighten! We wish Bob a very happy retirement and lots of lovely lie-ins after all those 5am starts.”
Bob’s retirement plans include a trip to Europe with either Italy or Austria on the cards later this year but first he needs to do his chores around the house. He said: “My wife let me have a week off after retiring but now I’ve got to start doing more around the house. There is plenty of decorating and tidying to be getting on with!”