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Sunday Funday for Sam and his Family

24 July 19

Arriva were delighted to invite ten-year-old Sam from Huyton to Birkenhead for a very special tour of their depot.

Sam’s family discovered his passion for buses when he was only four, since then he has spent many weekends on Arriva buses across Merseyside with his grandparents. His enthusiasm for the transport industry grew when he started learning the routes and keeping a log of the numbers.

Sam lives with ADHD, epilepsy, DCD and has some autistic traits. His family encourage his interest in buses as it helps build his confidence and ensure he feels comfortable to travel independently in the future.

This Sunday, Sam and his family came to the depot to see different models of buses, take a trip through the ‘big bus wash’ and check out the engineering pit. Sam and his mum Hollie were also shown the new contactless ticketing system and a live map of the buses.

Sam’s love of buses had inspired his two-year-old cousin Harrison, who joined him for this experience.

Hollie, Sam’s mum, said "It was great to see Sam surrounded by drivers and engineers who were as passionate about buses as he is. He had a brilliant day, it’s something he’ll never forget. He has loved Arriva buses for such a long time, he keeps a log of the bus numbers and their routes and loves travelling by bus on weekends with his family. This experience was not only exciting, but its helped Sam understand that there are lots of different jobs at Arriva and he can do any of them."