First Larbert drivers ready for Games

First Scotland East's bus drivers are ready to roll
First Scotland East's bus drivers are ready to roll

It is ‘Game On’ for local bus drivers as Scotland gears up for the 2014 Commonwealth Games which start in Glasgow on July 23.

Larbert based First Scotland East employees John Weaver, Murray Arnott, David Callaghan and Shaun Fotheringham, along with collegues David Haldane from Livingston and Robert Sherman from Bannockburn, will transport athletes and officials to venues across the City.

John (58), from Larbert, has worked for First for 35 years. He said: “We’re all proud to represent First Scotland East at the event. I’m hoping maybe even Usain Bolt will be one of my passengers, but the aim is to provide a ‘personal best’ in customer satisfaction for everyone who travels with us.”

More than 200 First drivers from across the UK as well as 500 who have been sub-contracted by the Games organisers will be involved in the massive task. Competitors representing 53 countries will have to be safely transported from the Games Village to locations around the city including George Square, Hampden Park, Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in good time.

Paul McGowan, managing director of First Scotland East, said: “I’m delighted four drivers from our Larbert operation are part of the First team this summer. I’ve no doubt they will be fine ambassadors for the company.”

Jamaican Usain Bolt became the first man in Olympic history to win both the 100 and 200 meter races in world record times in 2008, a feat he repeated at London 2012.