Bakers drivers get London knowledge

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Coach drivers at Bakers of Biddulph have all attended a new series of courses ‘Safe driving in London’ developed to enable coach drivers to gain a better understanding of the different traffic flow management special routes for the Olympics and various colour codes for separation between buses, cyclists and other vulnerable road users.

Arranged under the auspices of Transport for London, Bakers Coaches says it secured this opportunity because it has the Coach Marque accreditation.

In addition to this, training has been laid on to give drivers assigned to work on the Olympics an understanding of the ethos and history of the games and all the UK venues. In particular they will be shown how they can act as ambassadors and how to deal with overseas visitors and VIPs. The aim is to build an awareness of the significance of the games to the UK.

Phil Baker, MD at Bakers Coaches, said: “Our commission covers ‘ports of entry’ and basically this will be transfers between airports and various venues. We shall also be doing transfers for press and media representatives between London and the water sports venue in Weymouth. Other tasks include the movement of VIPs from London to attend the Opening Day ceremony. For sure the Games are our opportunity to shine at an important national event and it is being planned to the last detail. There will be no rehearsal.”