Giles Fearnley, First Bus Managing Director, has decided to retire after a long and successful career in public transport. He will be succeeded by Janette Bell who joins the Group in October.
Giles has been Managing Director of First Bus since February 2011. Since then, he has led a transformation of our customer offering including greater digitisation as well as investment in fleets and systems. In 2018, we became the first major operator to offer contactless payment on all our buses nationwide. Under Giles’s leadership the business also developed a strong approach to partnerships in the communities we serve, by working closely with local authorities and all our stakeholders to deliver thriving bus services that are vital to local prosperity and sustainable growth, through reducing congestion on the roads, improving air quality and helping to lower carbon emissions. In July this year, we announced our commitment to operate a zero-emission fleet by 2035 and do not plan to purchase any diesel buses after December 2022.
Driving trains by power pneumatic. (note 2)
The appropriately named William Bridges submitted a very different design, seen here electronically "reconstructed".
note 2 : Brunel's "Atmospheric" railway involved a piston propelled by a partial vacuum in a gurt big pipe. The piston was bracketed on to carriages.
Sadly it didn't work, as maintaining an airtight seal around the moving bracket proved unsustainable. The pumping station at Starcross near Exeter remains as a monument to its failure.