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Metrobus launches campaign for more women bus drivers

On the day UK companies publish their gender pay gap reports, Metrobus and Brighton & Hove Buses’ Women Behind the Wheel campaign is encouraging more women to become bus drivers.

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The Metrobus recruitment and open day at the company’s Crawley depot in May gives women the chance to get into the driver’s cab and to get the lowdown on what it’s really like to be a bus driver from some of the women who drive Metrobus’ buses, with a similar event happening in Brighton in May.

Apprentice Engineer, Kylie Griffiths.

Assistant Operations Manager Kirstie Bull began as a driver at Brighton & Hove Buses in 1998.

“Some women have the idea that it’s a big vehicle and they can’t drive it. I don’t know where that comes from because you can drive it,” she says. 

“It’s a fantastic experience, I love it. The vantage point that you’ve got over other road users is great. Once you’ve cracked the size and the length, you’re in control. You can see everything that’s going on from behind the wheel.” 

Kirstie has worked all around the business as a driver; mentor; supervisor and scheduler, as well as in customer services and finance. She also shadowed assistant operations managers at Go-Ahead London before becoming one back in Brighton. 

“Our focus is bringing more women into the industry. We’re up and coming for women. We’re doing more to attract them and to keep them,” she says.

Kirstie was appointed Assistant Operations Manager at Lewes Road depot last year and adds:

“Once I stepped on to the ladder it all happened very quickly.” 

Metrobus’ and Brighton & Hove Buses’ current driver recruitment campaign can be seen on buses and posters around the city. The campaign aims to show that drivers come from all different kinds of backgrounds and bring different talents, like ultra-marathon running, scuba diving or drumming. 

The company wants to recruit more women in all areas of the business, not just driving buses. 

Kylie Griffiths is coming to the end of her three-year engineering apprenticeship at the company’s Conway Street depot in Hove. She’s also just been nominated for the Everywoman in Transport and Logistics’ UK Apprentice of the Year Award. 

Kylie says:

“It’s a very good company. I fit in fine with everybody, even though I’m quite quiet. I always have someone at work to support me and they’re always very keen to help me progress.” 

She says her college teachers hold up Metrobusand Brighton & Hove Buses as examples to other students of a good company to work for.  

“The company has supported me from the word go. It’s a really good group of people.” 

Kylie is a diversity champion on the company’s employee-led Diversity and Inclusion group, which aims to boost the representation of women, LGBT+, BAME and disabled colleagues.  

Metrobus’ Managing Director Martin Harris says: “We’ve set a target for women to make up at least 20% of our colleagues by 2021 and we’ll keep going once we hit it.  

“We’ve already had success attracting more women as drivers, apprentices and managers. We’ve also brought in family friendly policies, like flexible working, shared parental leave and time off for family emergencies. 

“Our internal culture is changing, partly thanks to our Diversity and Inclusion group and the Dignity and Respect campaign we run jointly with UNITE across all our depots, which promotes positive behavioural change.” 


Metrobus’ parent company, the Go-Ahead Group, released its Gender Pay Gap Report today (Thursday).  

The report shows the median pay gap at Brighton & Hove Buses, which Metrobus is part of, is 2.4%, much lower than the 17.9% national average. The mean pay gap is 6.3% at Brighton & Hove Buses, significantly lower than the national average of 17.2%. 

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Get ready, Krispy Kreme is coming to Crawley

Krispy Kreme is set to open a sweet new store at County Mall, Crawley – opening at 10am on the 25th June – you dough-not want to miss it!

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The store, shaped just like the iconic doughnut dozen box, will open its ‘lid’ to customers in Crawley just in time for them to get their hands on the much-loved sweet treats this summer.

To celebrate the grand opening, Krispy Kreme has planned an opening day jam-packed with fun for Crawley’s doughnut fans. To kick off the festivities, the first, second and third in line will be rewarded with extra special prizes, and to put the glazing on top, the first dozen in line will also receive exclusive Krispy Kreme goodies! 

Krispy Kreme’s very own buzz-wire will also be at the store on opening morning, giving customers the chance to win freshly baked, tasty treats… if they have a steady hand!

Bringing a ‘hole’ new look to the Krispy Kreme retail experience, the all-new box store will give Krispy Kreme fans joy-filled moments every time they visit. There will be sixteen varieties of sweet treats on offer at  the County Mall, Crawley store, from the iconic Original Glazed, to the melt-in-the-mouth Lotus Caramelised Biscoff. There’s a freshly-made treat to suit every taste bud!

Craig Evans, UK new store openings manager at Krispy Kreme, said:

”We can’t wait to meet Krispy Kreme fans at our new store at County Mall, Crawley – we know fans have been calling for a store in the area for some time, so we’re really looking forward to opening day.

“We’re all about sharing the magic at Krispy Kreme, so to celebrate the opening we’ll be dishing out hundreds of complimentary doughnuts across the local area in the lead up to the opening…shoppers and doughnut lovers, keep your eyes peeled – we will see you there!”

The new store at County Mall, Crawley is the fifth Krispy Kreme store to open its doors in 2019.

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