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31 May 2017
Pictured: Driving instructor Paul Green gives Tomas a guided tour of the depot
Five-year-old bus fanatic, Tomas King, was invited to the Stagecoach in Oxfordshire HQ this week for a VIP trip after his mother wrote to the team telling them of his passion for all things buses.
Since his grandma in Ecuador bought him some model buses, Tomas’ interest has grown so much that his mother Paulina King decided to get in touch with the local bus operator.
Paulina says: “Tomas follows all the bus numbers and routes in and around Oxford. He notices when anything changes on the services and knows what time some of the buses go. He is a big fan!”
Tomas, from Kidlington, visited Stagecoach in Oxfordshire’s depot in Cowley with his Mum and Dad, Mark King. Paulina continues: “When we told Tomas that we were taking him to the depot for a VIP day he was so excited. He immediately started writing down lots of questions to ask. He also started thinking about all the pictures he was going to take for his scrapbook!
“Children his age are usually fascinated with techie gadgets or the latest toy so we think it’s lovely that his passion is buses.”
During his visit Tomas got a tour of the depot, sat in the driver’s seat of a double decker, met Paul Green a Stagecoach driving instructor, experienced the bus wash, and he even got his own special VIP ride on the bus.
Karen Coventry, Stagecoach in Oxfordshire Business Development Manager said: “We love hearing stories of people who are fascinated with buses. It’s part of our everyday life and we forget just how great these vehicles are.
“It was lovely to meet Tomas today to show him ‘behind the scenes’ and tell him all about our fleet of buses. We hope to see him again here one day, hopefully when he applies for his first job!”