From apprentice to Road Transport Engineer of the Year

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When Chief Technician Darren Astbury started out as an apprentice at West Midlands Travel, little did he know that 24 years on he would be presented with the a prestigious award from the Society of Operations Engineers. Richard Sharman spoke to Darren about his career

Recognition is an important thing in the coach and bus industry, and if you are a regular reader you will know that National Express is always keen to celebrate employees who go above and beyond when it comes to innovation, or doing something noteworthy in the community. Darren Astbury is National Express West Midlands’ Chief Technician and recently gained the Road Transport Engineer of Year 2021 award. This is the story of his career so far and what he has achieved.

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