Blackpool Transport boss steps down

Trevor Roberts -managing director of Blackpool Transport.
Trevor Roberts -managing director of Blackpool Transport.
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The boss of Blackpool Transport has left his position at the company.

Trevor Roberts, who succeeded Steve Burd as managing director in 2009, stepped down on Friday.

Blackpool Council, which is the sole shareholder in the company, said Mr Roberts had decided to pursue new opportunities – but no further details have been made public.

He took over the reins at Blackpool Transport when it faced a £1.3m black hole in its finances. Services were cut back and 60 drivers made redundant to get the company back on track.

The council said interim arrangements were in place to ensure services on trams and buses continue as normal while the appointment process for a new managing director takes place.

Coun Ivan Taylor, chairman of the Blackpool Transport services board, said: “After 40 years on the frontline of the bus industry, and having completed a five year plan to modernise and stabilise the business at Blackpool Transport, Trevor is taking an opportunity to take on board a new and exciting direction in his career.

“Blackpool Transport would like to thank him for his excellent contribution in securing the sustainable future of the company and wish him well in his new venture.”

As managing director Mr Roberts oversaw schemes such as the nationwide Bus For Jobs, which gave jobseekers half price travel, leading to 5,000 journeys taken across the resort, as well as a trial scheme to offer 16-to 19-year-olds cheaper travel on public transport.

And in 2012 he oversaw the introduction of a £100m new system on the tramway in Blackpool, and updated the bus fleet to meet disability requirements.

Blackpool Transport Passenger Users Panel chairman Stephen Brookes said: “It is to Mr Roberts’ credit that we have a fleet of vehicles which is accessible to everyone including disabled and older people and a tram fleet which is recognised as a credit to Blackpool. We hope his successor has the same approach and insight into the needs of Blackpool while under budget pressure, and we obviously wish Mr Roberts every success in his future work.”

Mr Roberts was unavailable for comment.