In the blood

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Dan Rayner, Operations Manager at Xelabus, spoke to Angela Youngman about his career in the bus industry – and why he’s here to stay

Dan was head hunted to join Xelabus following 18 months at Stagecoach

Buses are very much part of Dan Rayner’s DNA, so it is not surprising that he has become one of the youngest bus operations managers in the country, working for Xelabus.

“When I was a young lad, my father ran a coach company called Portsmouth City Coach Lines,” said Dan. “I used to go down after school and at weekends to help clean the coaches. I started working part time with Stagecoach when I was a college student. I was involved in a bus monitoring system, where I was sitting around Winchester manually recording the times of buses. I did that for eighteen months, and then went to staff an information kiosk at Winchester Bus Station at weekends.”

Seizing opportunities

Moving into bus transport on a full time basis was inevitable. Soon after finishing college, he began working in customer service at Stagecoach before gaining his PCV licence, occasionally driving local services in between office work. […]

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