ARRIVA’S FLYING SCOTSMAN

ALAN MILLAR meets Arriva UK Bus managing director Paul O’Neil, who took up the post earlier this year after a 30-year career in aerospace with Rolls-Royce. He says there are more parallels between buses and modern flying machines than observers might first imagine, not least to do with safety.

Arriva North West 7002 (LJ67 DLZ), one of 12 BYD/Alexander Dennis Enviro200EV battery electric 38-seaters operated in Liverpool since 2017. JOHN YOUNG
Paul O’Neil, Arriva UK bus managing director

Among the corporate characteristics that set Arriva apart from the other major UK bus groups — besides at the time of writing still being owned by a European state railway — is a deliberate policy of recruiting managing directors for its UK bus business from other industries. For the past 14 years it has seen value in bringing an external perspective to this role.

Want to read more?

This is a premium article and requires an active Key Buses or Key Publishing subscription.

Existing subscriber? Sign in now

No subscription?

Pick one of our introductory offers

3 months

Standard subscription rate £29.99 + VAT

Launch rate £14.99 + VAT

Subscribe now
Reccomended

12 months

Standard subscription rate £69.99 + VAT

Launch rate £34.99 + VAT

Subscribe now

9 months

Standard subscription rate £39.99 + VAT

Launch rate £19.99 + VAT

Subscribe now