Last stop for Steve

MD Andrew Smith (left) and Steve Sanders who has retired from Yellow Buses after 44 years.

After 44 years behind the wheel of a Yellow Bus and driving a total of nearly 800,000 miles, Steve Sanders has pulled the handbrake on his career.

The popular driver has retired aged 66 after working a total of 2,053 weeks for Bournemouth’s brightest bus company.

Managing Director Andrew Smith was there to meet him after his final passengers were delivered to their destinations.

Steve joined the company in 1973 and spent six months as a conductor before getting behind the wheel.

Since then he has driven enough miles to take him to the moon and back … then to the moon again!

Steve said: “I’ve always liked the job; I joined as a stop-gap and just stayed.

“I like the actual nuts and bolts of the job and I will miss that, but also the friends and the camaraderie.

“Although the job is now essentially the same as when I started, the technology has made it different.

“When I joined there were no computers and some of the buses didn’t have power-steering.

“The vehicles have improved but there is more traffic and it goes much faster. I’m now looking forward to my retirement and spending time with my wife Sue.

“I’ll be back though, riding on the buses as a passenger and I’ll stay in touch with all my friends.”

MD Andrew Smith presented Steven with a token of the company’s appreciation and said: “I’d like to thank Steven for his long service

“Few people now spend their whole careers at one place but Steven has been a fixture on the buses for almost half a century.

“He’s very well known among the passengers and is always being recognised around town.

“I wish him all the very best for his retirement.”



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About Yellow Buses:

Yellow Buses operates a fleet of 140 buses and 18 coaches with a staff of over 410. The company 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 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 14 countries on four continents (United Kingdom, France, Italy, Switzerland, Algeria, Morocco, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, India, China, South Korea, the Philippines and the USA). 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.