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Celebrating over 1,400 years of amazing customer service

A proud Keighley busman was among 17 long-serving members of The Keighley Bus Company’s team to be recognised for decades of devoted service at their very own glittering awards night.

Family, friends, and colleagues looked on with pride at the Celebration of Service event, a sparkling celebration dinner hosted by the bus firm in the Howard Suite at Headingley Stadium in Leeds to honour its longest-serving people – including Shabir Ahmed, duty manager at The Keighley Bus Company, who has clocked up an impressive 45 years’ service.

A total of 1,450 years of service given by 48 long-serving Transdev team members based in Yorkshire and the North West was saluted at the specially arranged event, held for the first time since 2019 due to the pandemic.

Transdev CEO Alex Hornby said: “The inspiring stories of amazing customer service provided by Shabir and all of our Celebration of Service Award winners are humbling for me to hear.

“This celebration evening is our way of saying thank you to them for all they have done and continue to do for our customers. As a growing business, we benefit greatly from their professionalism and experience.

“Their knowledge built up over decades provides a guiding example to the newer members of our teams while ensuring we have a secure foundation on which to build for the years ahead.”

Each of the 17 Celebration of Service Award winners at The Keighley Bus Company has reached a key milestone in their career with the bus operator, having achieved 25, 30, 35 or 45 years service.

The long service celebration comes as parent firm Transdev continues its 2022 campaign to recruit new drivers at its 10 operating centres across Yorkshire, Lancashire, and Greater Manchester. Full details of vacancies and the industry-leading benefits package on offer are available online at: