New bus chief announced

Jane Cole, new managing director of Blackpool Transport.

Jane Cole, new managing director of Blackpool Transport.

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Blackpool Transport has announced the appointment of a new managing director.

Jane Cole will take on the role which has been vacant since Trevor Roberts left the company in March this year.

Ms Cole, who has more than 35 years experience working in the rail industry, most recently as a senior manager at Virgin Trains, will start her new job on November 3.

Originally from Manchester, her career began in 1979 as a technical officer in signalling and telecommunications.

Progression in her career brought her to Blackpool in 1989 when she took a job working at Blackpool North Station.

She then worked at Preston for Intercity from 1990 before moving to Virgin Trains in 1996.

A former member of the board of the North West Lancashire Chamber of Commerce as well as Visit Lancashire, Ms Cole is also an active member of the Blackpool Business Leadership Forum.

She said: “I am delighted and excited to now be the managing director for Blackpool Transport Services.

“With the new tramway, plans to extend it further to create an improved, fully integrated transport network linking to Blackpool North Station and, of course, running bus routes across the whole of the Fylde coast, the challenge is huge.”