SEVEN Ulsterbus drivers based at the Craigavon depot are among the dozens off to London to race along the ‘Olympic’ lanes. But they won’t be vying for gold, silver and bronze against the best in the world in the various stadia.
It will be their job to ferry the various competitors and official various points in the capital to the races, field events, swimming pool, archery and all the rest. And they will be using special bus lanes en route to speed their journey.
They are - Gareth Morgan, Liam Madine, Martin Farron, Lindon McNelly, Marcus McCready, Dermot Stewart and James Kellett.
Four of the seven are already in London, learning the various routes to and from the Olympic stadia, to make sure they deliver the people concerned in plenty of time. Ulsterbus are also providing a number of top-line buses for the big show. The other three fly out today (Friday).
Said Craigavon manager Randall Roderick, “It’s a great honour for the depot and for the drivers. But I have to say it coincides with a particular busy time for Ulsterbus, and we’ll be using every vehicle available over the Twelfth period.
“But we’ll manage. These are seven from a pool of about 80 drivers in our area, and with the readjusting of holidays, we’ll manage well.”
Driver Liam Madine said, “We’re really looking forward to it - something different. But it will be hard work, having to learn the routes and working a 12-hour shift six days a week. I doubt if we’ll receive any Olympic tickets on our day off, but it will be a new experience for us all, and the word is we’ll be driving luxury buses.”
The Craigavon Seven are among 140 drivers going to London with 90 buses.”