Richard Jones seeks pastures new
Richard Jones, General Manager of Lloyds Coaches, Machynlleth, has announced that he is stepping down today (24th) from his position in pursuit of ‘pastures new’ and a ‘fresh challenge’. He told B&CB that during over four years with Lloyds he felt he had ‘certainly put the company on the map’, and shown that ‘it is possible to run a quality public transport service in rural areas’.
He leaves Lloyds on a high, having won tenders and achieved a number of accolades and recognitions in industry awards. Readers may remember Richard was one of the Welsh operators that proactively campaigned against the proposed severe cuts to concessionary fare reimbursement (see B&CB 1252, 22 November 2013),. He met with Welsh Transport Minister, Edwina Hart, with statistics highlighting the effects the cuts could have on bus companies and the wider economy.
Commenting on standing down as General Manager, Richard said, ‘This is a decision I have not made lightly as you can imagine, but I feel it is now time for a new challenge in life. Over the past four plus years since my engagement at Lloyds Coaches we have achieved so much, dealing with such issues as fuel duty rebate in ensuring that our services continue unhindered. At this point I would like to thank my loyal team of people I have at Lloyds for their trust, support and respect. At the same time I would to thank our loyal passengers for supporting our company in the way we have developed and introduced new services over the years. We have been here to serve the public and this ethos will continue. I wish Lloyds Coaches every continued success for the future.’