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15 Jul 2016

Bus operator Stagecoach announced today (15 July 2016) that it has appointed a new Managing Director of its North East bus operations.

Current Stagecoach North Scotland Managing Director Steve Walker will take on the role of Managing Director, Stagecoach North East from 12 September 2016.  In the interim period, the business will continue to be managed by Clare Kavanagh, Strategy Director, Stagecoach UK Bus.

Stagecoach announced last month that former Stagecoach North East Managing Director Phil Medlicott had decided to leave the company.

Stagecoach North East is one of Stagecoach’s biggest regional bus companies with some of the highest levels of passenger satisfaction in the country.

The company operates local bus services in Newcastle, South Shields, Sunderland, Hartlepool and Teesside. The company, which has more than 1,400 employees, runs around 470 buses and carries 63 million passengers a year.

Steve Walker worked in the bus industry in Manchester before joining Stagecoach East Scotland in 2001. He took on the role of Managing Director, Stagecoach Highlands in June 2010 and was appointed Managing Director of Stagecoach North Scotland in May 2013.

Robert Montgomery, Stagecoach UK Bus Managing Director, said: “I would like to congratulate Steve on his appointment. His experience in the north of Scotland over the past six years will stand him in good stead to take on the opportunities and challenges of this new role. I have every confidence that he has the skills and experience to guide our north east business, working alongside our partners in the area, to deliver even better bus services for local people.”

Steve Walker said: "I am delighted to be taking on this role and I look forward to working with the Stagecoach team in the north east, and our many local partners, to continue delivering high-quality, affordable bus travel and excellent customer service for the millions of people that rely on our services every day.”

An internal recruitment process is now underway for the position of Managing Director, Stagecoach North Scotland.