‘Walking encyclopaedia’ Mike leaves centre stage

Mike Saul, centre, with MD Andrew Smith and colleagues at Yellow Buses.

One of the most recognisable faces in Bournemouth town centre has retired after a 30 year career with Yellow Buses.

Mike Saul was supervisor in The Square and his encyclopaedic knowledge of public transport and the town elevated him to minor celebrity status.

For his efforts he won the Transport Delivery Award at the Bournemouth Tourism Awards in 2015.

He not only knew Yellow Buses’ timetables, but those of rival firms and he also had knowledge of railways, local accommodation and general tourist information.

The 65-year-old father of three and grandfather of five joined Yellow Buses in 1987 as a driver.

He was made supervisor three years later and for the last six years has been a highly visible presence in Gervis Place in the centre of town.

Mike said: “I’d like to thank the management, staff and especially the drivers. It’s a great job and it’s given me a life. I’ll miss everyone of course but I’ll still be around.

“I’m looking forward to my retirement and I will enjoy cycling, walking and travelling -and I’ll have more time with my wife June.

“For much of our married lives we didn’t get much time off together because of our hours but we’ll be making up for that.

“I wasn’t sure what the town centre role would entail when I started, but it’s been great; meeting people and helping people. And to get an award was the highlight.”

Yellow Buses’ Managing Director Andrew Smith said: “Mike’s been a fantastic ambassador for 30 years.

“He has huge experience and knowledge and has a wonderful personality for dealing with passengers.

“His work won him a deserved award and he’ll be missed by not only staff here but locals and tourists in the town centre.

 

Note to Editors:

For more information, please contact: Andrew Diprose, Director, Deep South Media Ltd, PR consultants to Yellow Buses, on 01202 534487. Or Ed Baker on 01202 534487 or 07788392965.

About Yellow Buses:

Yellow Buses operates a fleet of 131 buses and 18 coaches with a staff of 430. It carries just under 15m passengers a year with its vehicles operating nearly five million miles across the Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch and East Dorset area. Yellow Buses is part of RATP Group, the world’s fifth largest public transport provider.

RATP Dev

RATP Dev is a RATP group subsidiary set up in 2002 to export the Group’s operation and maintenance knowhow outside the historic network operated by RATP in the Paris region. RATP Dev now operates in 15 countries on four continents (United Kingdom, France, Italy, Switzerland, Algeria, Morocco, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, India, China, South Korea, the Philippines, the USA and Brazil). In 2015 RATP Dev generated revenue of more than 1.1 billion euros.

RATP group

With 14 million passengers every day worldwide, RATP group is the fifth largest urban transport operator in the world. The multimodal network operated by RATP in the Paris region, with its 14 metro lines (including two driverless lines), two regional express network (RER) lines, seven tramway lines, 350 bus lines and shuttle services catering to the region’s two international airports, is the largest of its kind in the world to be managed by a single company.

RATP group can devise, design and implement infrastructure development projects, operate and maintain networks irrespective of the transport mode (metro, regional train, tramway and bus) and develop innovative services to promote mobility such as passenger information, electronic ticketing, pricing and customer marketing. The automation of Paris metro’s Line 1, which was completed at the end of 2012, is a world first and once again has demonstrated the ability of RATP group to complete particularly complex projects.

RATP group has a workforce of nearly 60,000 worldwide and in 2015 generated revenue of 5,556 million euros.

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