Bus drivers given training for Guernsey roads

Guernsey bus driver Stephen Rushton and Island Coachways managing director Hannah Beacom
Image caption Mrs Beacom said the lessons were about converting the skills drivers already had

Bus drivers from the UK are being given training to help them adapt to working in Guernsey.

The courses include how to cope without a shield between drivers and customers, how to handle money and how to navigate the island's narrow roads.

Stephen Rushton, from Merseyside, said: "It's far more relaxed here, there's no pressure on you whatsoever.

"The traffic soon passes, back home it's constant along with all the hassle of not very nice passengers."

Hannah Beacom, managing director of Island Coachways, said: "If we're recruiting from off-island we're recruiting qualified bus drivers.

"We're taking the skills they've already got and converting them to the Guernsey way... it's a very different way of working."

Mr Rushton said there was more contact with the public in Guernsey.

"It's lovely to see people face to face and speak to them on a regular basis, I've found that very good," he said.

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