Beds and Bucks Busketeers

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Paul MadeleyDriver: Paul Madeley

Age: 43

Where are you from?: Milton Keynes

Where do you live?: Bletchley

How long have you worked for Arriva?: It was 20 years this year, on the 9th January. I joined in 1998.

What do you enjoy the most about being a bus driver?: I love the camaraderie between drivers, but also with passengers. The locals often get to know you, I know a few drivers who are quite famous! I actually go past my house on one of the routes and I often get chatting to people about being the local bus driver.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?: I feel I have fulfilled my destiny. I initially wanted to be a cycle courier and I did become one in London. I love cycling and still ride my bike. But doing that job I used to get hit by buses a lot. So, I decided that instead of delivering parcels, I wanted to start delivering passengers!

How do you feel about being nominated in the 'Made A Difference' awards?: Initially I felt a bit embarrassed because I was being rewarded for being nice to people that I know. These people treat me right and therefore, I treat them right. If they are 1p short or 5p short for example, it doesn’t matter. To me, being nice is a way of life, and if I’m nice to them they’re nice to me. It makes life a lot easier to be nice to everyone. If people need help they come to me.

What would it mean to you to win the overall award?: Crazy! I'd be honoured. I’d also be doing it for all of the other bus drivers that are nice and who haven’t been nominated. Especially for the old school bus drivers, I’ve picked up a lot of their tips.

How do you think your passengers would describe you?: Crazy but happy. I don’t stop talking - I think there is more coffee in my bloodstream than blood! Us drivers talk about everything and we all have an opinion on everything.

What's your favourite route to drive?: I can’t say I have a favourite. I just love meeting new people, so all of my routes around Milton Keynes are nice and my favourites because I love meeting new people all the time.

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