Reinventing the network

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Warrington’s Own Buses has been making a raft of changes to its business under the leadership of Ben Wakerley and Cathy Mitchell. James Day visits the municipal operator to hear about the progress it has made

Known as Network Warrington until relatively recently, Warrington’s Own Buses is an operator working hard to reinvent itself. New vehicles, striking brands and updated policies are all coming in to improve the service offered to customers in the town from the municipally-owned operator.

The Cheshire Cat brand has been applied to the operator’s services in south Warrington. JAMES DAY

I had the opportunity to meet with the two fairly new faces at the helm of the operation, both of which joined in late Spring 2017.

Ben Wakerley is the Managing Director, who joined after a four-year stint as Operations Director at Abellio London, while Cathy Mitchell is a barrister and ward councillor in Warrington, who also has the role of Chair of Warrington’s Own Buses. She had also been a director of the municipal bus operator since 2016, but became Chair around the same time Ben joined the organisation.

“I’ve always been interested in transport,” Cathy said. “My dad was a HGV mechanic, and I used to help him with that.” […]

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