Weston fit for the future

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Chris Hanson, Staff Operations Manager, Miles Dolphin, Buddy Driver, and Gary Deaklin, Engineering Manager. GARETH EVANS

Returning Weston to its former glory while dealing with a host of challenges is no mean feat, as Chris Hanson explains to Dominic Ward

It’s fair to say that Weston-super-Mare’s (WsM) depot has faced its fair share of challenges over the years, including competitors and congestion. One man determined to make a difference to the running at WsM is Staff Operations Manager, Chris Hanson. Along with his team – supported by Operations Director, Andrew Sherrington – WsM depot has seen shoots of growth.

Chris brings with him a passion for transport, as well as great knowledge of the area.

Meet the man

“Transport has interested me ever since I was a kid,” Chris enthused. “I come from just outside Portsmouth originally, and I always had a real fascination with different buses even when I was a kid – I wanted to get on the Red Admiral, not the blue one, because I never knew where the red one went.”

Chris moved to Portishead when he was a teenager, when the local service was still Badgerline branded, although at that time coming under the moniker of First Badgerline. His main interest lay with the media: “It’s where I thought my career was going to take me.”[…]

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