Challenging perceptions

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Koli Begum, Dobbett Donaldson and Clariacetta Thomas

Angela Youngman investigates how Go-Ahead is working with Transport for London to attract more women to a career spent behind the wheel of one of the capital’s famed red buses

Despite forming 50% of the population, women are still in a minority within the bus sector. Far fewer women than men take up employment driving buses, or becoming involved in operational roles. Reasons for the low take up are not hard to identify – shift work can create problems for mothers, the work/life balance can be difficult and there is an ingrained perception that driving buses is heavy work, more suited to men. Women bus drivers account for just 10 to 12% of the Go-Ahead London workforce.

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