RETIREMENT is just the ticket for Bill Woodward.
Bill, 61, is retiring after 35 years with Stagecoach North East and almost 42 years in the transport industry.
He began his career in 1972 as a junior traffic clerk with Sunderland Corporation Transport, taking up the role of schedules clerk before moving to Teesside in 1979 with Cleveland Transit as a senior schedules officer.
After 22 years with Cleveland Transit, which became Stagecoach North East in 1995, he returned to his home of Sunderland as Service Development Manager and has served the team for the past 13 years.
“My job has been very rewarding and I am most proud of what my team has achieved,” he said.
“The interaction with people has been brilliant and is what I will miss the most, as there has been tremendous support from the staff. Stagecoach has been an excellent place to work and has afforded me a challenging and fulfilling career. Throughout the years there have been some big changes – when I started there were still conductors on buses and much less traffic.
“I have developed friendships that go back over 36 years. It is such a good team and I have been well looked after.”
Commercial director Robin Knight said: “It has been my pleasure to work with Bill and he is very much respected by his colleagues and peers for the sheer amount of knowledge he has brought to the role.”