Who's your Arriva Superhero?
It’s time to champion your superhero for the Midlands! Take a look at the contenders below and vote for your favourite driver.
Name: Diane Brookes
Where are you from: I am from Derby. I live in a suburb called Alvaston which is where I do most of my driving. I’ve lived there all my life. I love the city of Derby, as it is not too big, just the right size
How long have you worked for Arriva: I’ve been at Arriva this time around coming up to 9 years. My first spell, I started back in 1988 with Derby City Transport. I was only 21 at the time. I was then with them through their various transformations right until they became Arriva. I then left in 1997 to go and work at the Royal Mail. I was a postman for two years and then transferred to their armoured car division until I was made redundant in 2006. I spent a short time working for Kings on armoured vehicles before returning to Arriva. The rest is history
Routes you currently drive: I am on the Alvaston rota, which takes me around where I live. I am regularly doing routes 44, 45, 40(A), 41(A) and 43. I chose this rota because I know the area very well and am familiar with the local people and I/m comfortable in my knowledge of the area. I get on well with all the passengers and have a good repartee with them
What is your favourite thing about being a bus driver: I enjoy being a bus driver because I love interacting with the customers and showing an interest in what they have to say. People fascinate me and I think I show an interest and this develops the passenger’s relationship with me as their driver.
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up: My first ambition whilst growing up was to be a tank driver in the army. However, once I passed my driving test I vowed never to drive anything larger than a mini. Now I drive double deckers and scanias for a living. Also, I would have loved to be a florist. However, I know I didn’t have the artistic talent to achieve that ambition.
How does it feel to be nominated as an Arriva Superhero: It’s pretty amazing, but I wouldn’t describe myself as a superhero. I feel I’m just doing my job to the best of my ability. A smile and a little chat goes a long way to cheering up all our days.
Now it's time to vote!
Please select the driver you want to be the Arriva Superhero for the Midlands region and hit the submit button to register your vote.